It's backyard gig season!!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Paulabass, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Those of us in cooler climes are just starting our outdoor season. Private parties are great, and good money makers, but they have their difficulties. Things we have to look forward to-
    - Mosquitos. They land on your forehead, you can feel them, but you know the next rest in 7 bars away, so you keep playing until you can swat. Too late.
    - DJ's just needs YOU to supply them 2 lines, so he can get paid more than the band.
    - Electrical power. You need 45 amps. There's 15 amps avail. 200 feet away.
    - The left side of the stage is sinking into the grass.
    - Yeah, lights are supplied! Two garden floods. White. To draw MORE mosquitos.
    - The fat sweaty guy running the BBQ has burnt everything black. Not his fault, someone stole his two garden floodlights to light the band.
    - Drunk chick needs to climb onto the stage to request the song you played two songs ago. Trips over the monitors on her way off, and lands face down. Show stops while everyone looks for her earring.
    - Sound of people cannonballing into the pool is louder than the band.
    - Cops show up. Ask you to turn down. Younger cop asks if that's a Fender bass. Wishes you good night.
    - The hosts brother has a dad band, wants to get up and play Sweet Home Alibama. He's drunk, and from the looks of it, so is his drummer. His guitarist couldn't make it. Needs to borrow your bass.
    - Guy stops the band to ask if anybody has papers.
    - Guy who 'used to do sound for the Eagles' tells you you need more middle-range on the vocals. Throws up on his own shirt.
    - You get payed, thanked, and hired back for next year.

    Add your own summertime favorites.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
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  2. I think you covered most of the high points there.

    My personal favorite, "there's a tent" and on arrival you find one of these...

    Excellent, which one of us gets to stand under it if it rains? :smug:
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  3. Hi!

    Classic! :D

    - Contract stipulates a covered stage. While you stare into the sun the event coordinator lets you know that the shade will reach you in time for the last half of your last set.

    - A big splash from the pool never hurts the sound of a floor monitor.

    - The band will have plenty of room to set up under the gazebo.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  4. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    The drummer always gets the 10x10 pop-up, even tho he has the least electrical equipment of the whole band.
  5. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    - Drunk woman who is pushing 50 and acting like shes 15 "STOP-A! (the drunker they are, the more they add that annoying "A" at the end of "stop") Don't play that song!"
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  6. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Thats like 99.9% accurate ;-) The money is the best part though, in my last band we would charge our normal 3 set rate, then $300 for every hour they wanted over that, plus food and drink of the end of set 3 they were always so drunk and fired up we always got an extra hour and sometimes 2 out of it, and by that time of day and at that stage of the party, we played 6 songs in the extra hour so it wasn't bad at was good ;-)
    Rock on.
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  7. Don't forget, someone can't wait and stops you in the middle of a song because they want to sing .....Happy Birthday, Happy anniversary, or whatever.
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  8. OK, I'll chip in....Outdoor BBQ gigs are special as usually most everyone you meet upon arrival is already well lubricated.

    Can't get enough of the "no place to unload" adventure, followed by the "no place to park" sequel, We aren't delivering pizza but transporting a band.. I mean you booked a band, No?.. Not much different then having furniture delivered..
    Uninhibited folks with beer/cocktails who wish to start a conversation while you are in the middle of your set..
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  9. viper4000


    Aug 17, 2010
    - There's plenty of power available. **Points over to the single outlet on their porch.
    - We'll feed you too. **Food is ready during first set and nothing left by the time you get to the table. And Jimmy isn't the grill ace he thinks he is.
    - Karen interrupts your 2nd set after the first song to tell everyone they are cutting the cake, inside.

    I actually like private gigs.
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  10. I do enjoy them as well despite the potential issues, Pretty much get treated like royalty by well-meaning folks. Blue collar BBQ's are the best as you seem to be appreciated more & folks are more inclined to tip.
    Many of the ritzy Hamptons- type events you feel often like hired help & blank stares are the norm.
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  11. andawun


    Jul 13, 2009
    Summer in the deep south!!! Skeeterz, waspz, loud azz Harleys, and 105 degrees in the shade!!!
  12. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    For ritzy Hamptons gigs you have to charge enough to not care if you are treated the same as the caterers.
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  13. Oh trust me I do!.. It's the mindset though mostly, Most folks are more concerned about seeing/being seen at those functions, There is always a % of revelers though!
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  14. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I like the tingle when you become the ground path for the outlet that has three holes, but only two wires going to it.
  15. ak56


    Apr 2, 2015
    Carnation, Wa
    ... and then there's the downside.:laugh:
  16. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    I've played outdoor bars on the gulf coast with the same power setup for full band, PA, lights, etc. Good times.
  17. you ask if there will be a stage of some sort for the band and they say yes.... then get to the place and find there are 2 small pallets pushed together with an old rug on top!
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  18. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I like these and can roll with the “interesting” things - if it’s people I know.
  19. SUMMERTIME! Someone always shows up to the gig wearing shorts dang it!!
  20. dheafey


    Jul 22, 2012
    Cow Hampshire
    Backyard house party. The homeowner SWORE up and down that he gave us two separate 20A circuits. Daughter turns on hair dryer and drops the band. Good times.