Got a gig! Good pay, but no audience.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Paulabass, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Yesterday I mentioned that if BassCliff is back, we will all soon be back.
    Got a call this morning.
    Acton Ontario's town fair is a big one, been going like 100 years, but is of course cancelled. It is also home to one of my favorite venues, The Juke Joint.
    We have been asked to shoot a video there to be broadcast during 'the fair'.
    Three camera shoot, 2 days editing.
    It will be a bit strange doing a show for no audience but it's a good gig and gives us something to work toward, instead of endless rehearsing. Despite editing abilities, we will be going 'live off the floor', including band intros, welcome to the fair etc. We do have the chance to do multiple takes.
    Yahoo, back in the saddle.
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  2. Great news Ms. Paula!

    It'll be a little weird playing for the camera but as long as there are just a few folks there listening you'll have fun. Please share a link so we can enjoy your contribution to the fair. I'd like to take a peek inside the Juke Joint. :)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i got nothin'....but envy! sounds like a great way to move forward! can't wait to hear about all the fun --- even if it's not that much fun! :laugh:

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  4. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Paid rehearsals RULE. Way to go!
  5. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Sure will. Thank you.
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  6. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Nice! Good for you, making the digital gig thing work for you.

    I got a chuckle though as. "Good pay, but no audience." Described quite a few of my gigs even before Covid!
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  7. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Better than Jazz, play for exposure, and nobody shows up.
  8. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    At this point, I would play for goats. Assuming they would listen.
    Rocketh on Paula.
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  9. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    That's what had a friend of mine give up on jazz and go back to the hard-rock that drew him into guitar in the first place:
    "What's the difference between rock and jazz guitarists? A rock guitarist plays four chords to twenty thousand people..."
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  10. I have the same thing this weekend - our outdoor gazebo gig was cancelled but now the organization wants to film it and play it on local TV on the previously scheduled date of our show.
    No idea on how many cameras there will be and I think we will be going " Live off the floor" as well. I got a few days to try to shake some rust off before the shoot on Sunday

    This is actually the second live off the floor video recording I've done in the past two weeks - there is a local studio that was looking for bands to play for an hour or so . These sets would be recorded and edited for a live streaming event down the road. The idea will be that people would pay a "cover charge" to access the live stream. Not sure how viable the concept is but it gave my band more time on stage and hopefully some video footage that we can use for promos.
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  11. ezstep


    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    I have done my fair share of political gigs over the years - fundraisers, award ceremonies, inaugurations, etc. Lots of people, no one listening. lol Money is good, audience reaction to the music is horrible.

    Just enjoy. Don't overthink it.
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  12. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Is it still worth the drive to Acton?
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  13. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Well, Acton is not known as an intellectual hotbed, but for a gig, you bet. We love the Juke Joint (it's on a farm in a purpose built barn).
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  14. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Goats don't stand in front of the stage screaming 'More cowbell' then trip and knock over the portable bar table.
    Goats don't make a clumsy pass at your girlfriend, and when turned down, walk away muttering 'lesbian'. (specially poignant when she IS a lesbian)
    Goats never ask to try your bass.
    Goats don't call you four times before show day and ask to be guest listed.
    Goats don't click 'going' on your FaceBook event, and not show up.
    Goats don't offer to help load-out and then drop a cymbal on the concrete floor.

    I'll take an audience of goats anytime.
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  15. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    But they will chew up your cables.
    Touché as to all other grievances.
    We take mankind as it is.

    Enjoy The Juke,
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  16. Goats don’t scream “Free Bird” at you incessantly.
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  17. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Clearly we need a new forum category-
    Why goats make a better audience than people.
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  18. Eli_Kyiv


    Apr 7, 2020
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    A minute goats start to pay this forum category should be created.
  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Just sample the crowd from Cheap Trick's Live at Budokan for your gaps.
  20. Glad someones gigging.