How many gigs did you play in 2017?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by hrodbert696, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. 0: what's a gig?

    33 vote(s)
  2. 1-11: got out once in a while, less than once a month.

    109 vote(s)
  3. 12-23: once a month or a little more

    63 vote(s)
  4. 24-51: fairly often but not every weekend

    81 vote(s)
  5. 52-103: My weekends are pretty full

    58 vote(s)
  6. 104+: can't stop to talk, gotta run to the next venue

    29 vote(s)
  1. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Last couple of years I did this as December was progressing, but... I forgot. So, to celebrate the new year, take a look back through your calendar, and let us know - how many gigs did you play in 2017?

    For purposes of definition, let's say a "gig" means you played in front of an audience and money changed hands. Not talking about studio sessions or volunteering for a church worship band (though paid church gigs would count). However, if you want you can count showcases and benefits on the assumption that someone involved spent money for the show even if it didn't go to you.

    I've had pretty slim pickings since getting booted from a busy classic rock band - yeesh, a couple years ago now. My own modern alternative cover band had about three gigs and I was asked to sub for a handful more with a friend's classic rock band when their regular bassist was having surgery. I think it was about eight gigs for the year. Hoping to be way busier in 2018.
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I played more than I have in a while - 94.

    Started playing full time with my current band in April, or it would have been considerably more. Pretty sure 2018 will be my heaviest gigging year ever. Looking forward to it.

    Should add that I'm stoked to be able to stick my head out from under the covers this year and respond to one of these threads. For a few consecutive years before this, my gig count was probably between 24-51. I love gigging, so that's not a happy number for me. Got a lot of other stuff accomplished during that time though.
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  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    A bit more than usual [3 to 4 gigs a month] w/ a great summer festival schedule that included perfect weather. Plus, started a long awaited recording project which should be released in spring 2018.
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  4. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    I need to go through my calendar and records to put together my tax information, but it's probably around 200.

    Edit: It's actually 180 paid gigs and rehearsals and 32 unpaid rehearsals.
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  5. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
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  6. 10
    Fairly new project. 2018 should be better.
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  7. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Only 29 paying gigs this year. :(

    That's a big drop after averaging 70-80 per year for the past couple of years. I started a new job in February and my schedule really threw a monkey wrench into my gigging/playing. On the bright side, I am thankful for having a job.
  8. Rudreax


    Jun 14, 2008
    New York, NY
    Just checked, 86. Lucky to say that most are with original bands almost all in total had a decent payout. Most are at the beginning of the year; started an intense full time job in April and the gigs dipped considerably after (went from 4-10 a month to 1 every two months for a while).
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  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I did better than 2016. Played maybe 30+/- gigs last year. Hoping to get in the 50+ range this year if things work out.
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  10. crlujan


    Jul 26, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    53 gigs in 2017. Hoping to do less but better gigs in 2018.
  11. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Between 11-15. Not too busy, hoping for a busy summer with the new folk band.
  12. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    Zero. Woulda been 48 if you hadn’t excluded non-paying church gigs. Don’t know what difference it makes but you made the rules.
  13. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Between my two hobby bands, exactly one -- which is just the way we like it. Also a few party gigs and a band member's wedding reception, but no money exchanged hands for these.
  14. Just under thirty. I love it but it starts to be like a second job after a while. Wouldn't be as much a hassle if I didn't have to rush from work to the gig most times. Still wouldn't trade it for the world though.
  15. only 1, and that was opening for Tantric and Kirra at a local event center with another local band, so it was only a 30 minute set. Band got rolling in February, we were doing all original material which was mostly already written by the guitarist, but we still had to work out basslines and drums, and then sufficient rehearsal of said material for it to not suck. We were booked 2 gigs, but the first one got cancelled by the promoter. After playing one gig, the drummer dedicated himself to another project for several weeks, and I wasn't directly involved in the ensuing discussions but we ended up getting a new drummer. We were booked another gig beginning of December, but it was also cancelled by the promoter. Got one more lined up for March, and hoping we get into a good groove and start performing regularly.
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  16. Heyturnup


    Mar 28, 2016
    19 gigs, four bands. Some of the best gigs I've ever played! Only fired one drummer:)
  17. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    Just short of 50.. had a great time and got to bring out and bunch of different gear to mess with. And once again I’m back to my Precision and 15” Bag Ends..
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  18. Goatrope


    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    42. This is a classic rock cover band. It’s a weekend-warrior thing, since we all have career jobs.

    I travel up to 3 weeks per month, so scheduling is always exciting. We don’t do rehearsals, so no scheduling woes there. Well, maybe we’ve had three or four actual rehearsals over the course of three years.

    When I’m landing at 6pm Friday with a 9pm start time, I get a little stressed, but I’m loving it.

    Already have 23 gigs booked for 2018. :)
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  19. Only four, but that's better than the zero gigs I played in 2016. Looks like 2018 will be much busier.
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  20. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    178. So much for slowing down when I reached 60 years old... ;-)

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