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Kelly Rae Band at Bighorn Golf Club (lots of pix!)

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I don't know how many pictures we are allowed per post so I may have to respond to myself to get them all in. ;)

    This is usually the time the golf clubs in the Palm Springs area have their "season openers" because all the "snowbirds" have flown out here for the winter. This event at the Bighorn Golf Club was called "The Roundup". It was a golf tournament in sponsored by a large local European car dealership. There were activities, dinner, dance, test drives, etc, along with the golf this weekend. It was kind of a big to-do.

    The venue was 90 miles away, a little past Palm Springs, in a ritzy suburb called Palm Desert. There are more golf clubs and tennis clubs than you can shake a stick at. I love driving through the desert, the topography and geology are very interesting. Heading east from the greater LA area there are a few interesting sights. I'll share just a couple.

    This is the Morongo casino on the Morongo Indian Reservation. I've played there a few times.


    A little farther down the freeway is the Agua Caliente casino. Rick, you'll meet later, and I used to be in a band that had the lounge gig every Tuesday night for a year and a half.


    Of course, the above is not my picture. I didn't get a good shot while I was driving yesterday. :rolleyes:

    There are numerous windmill farms through the passes down into the "low desert".


    And this is just some fancy decoration on one of the overpasses on the way.


    When I arrived I pulled up in front of the Rolls, Maserati, and Aston Martin to unload my gear. I guess it's a good thing my daughter had washed my Astro van.


    This is part of the garden around the clubhouse.


    There was lots of art around the club, sculptures and paintings. This was in front. This sculpture had big ... horns.


    The entryway was stone floors and nice paneling.


    Down this hallway, with pictures of all the holes on the course, was the event room.


    This sculpture and painting greeted you upon entering the ballroom.



    A nice poster advertising our sponsor.


    I was the first to arrive at the gig. The stage was set but the dance floor was not in place yet.


    This was the view behind the stage, our backdrop behind the glass.


    The rest of the band starts to arrive. This is Jack (Mr. Kelly Rae), who brought the PA and ran our sound. He is such a great guy, also a bass player, and I love working with him.


    Our regular drummer couldn't make this gig so my dear old friend Rick got the call to work with us. I've been working with Rick in other projects for over 20 years. He arrived in a good mood.


    Daniel arrived and started setting up. He seems to be having a little trouble with his stand. I know he's done this before. :p


    Art is happy because he is now all set up and ready to go.


    Art brought his sparkly G&L Tele-thingy.


    This is always a delicate dance. Musicians politely and carefully negotiating their space on a small stage. We are used to stages that are bigger than that dance floor.


    OK, we're getting there.


    Daniel tunes his little five string mini Strat-thingy (Mando-caster).


    While the band finishes setting up, I wandered around and took a few more pictures of the venue.

    This was one of the dining rooms and it had a nice view.


    Some of the art in this dining room, another bighorn.


    This was the menu for the evening meal.


    It looks like the beverage station was all ready to go.


    The guests enjoyed a nice buffet.


    This was the view from the back patio.


    Kelly supervises the stage arrangements.


    The obligatory picture of my rig on stage.


    The obligatory view from my mic.


    Rick brought one of his DW kits tonight. I like that finish.


    This is our sound check pose. With all the glass and hard surfaces we had to keep the volume down and let Jack ensure we had a good sound out front.


    Now it's time to retire to our green room for our meal and then get ready for the show.

    We all had a baked half chicken and veggies. It was excellent. Not exactly what we call "jazz food" but pretty darn good.


    It looks like Kelly, Jack, Jeff, and Daniel do NOT want to share those cookies for desert.


    We had a pretty fancy green room. The management had reserved one of the locker rooms for us to utilize. Kelly was able to get dolled up in style.


    OK, we are set up, we are fed, we are dressed. Now it's time to put on the show! Doesn't the band look sharp in our red Scully shirts? :smug:


    Art and Daniel are ready for a good time.


    Jeff is ready to tickle some ivory.


    Even though Rick is well-caffeinated, he did a solid, steady job. Everyone could tell he had really done his homework. He had to learn about 40 tunes for this gig.


    And the lovely Ms. Kelly Rae joins us on stage.


    After our dinner set we retire to the green room and relax while the party makes some announcements and gives away some prizes and such.


    There was even a nice little snack bar for us and a fridge full of water and soft drinks. No alcohol for the band on this gig. :rollno:


    Now we're back for our dance set.


    More large paintings on the ballroom wall. It looks like the guests are finished with their dinner and have had a couple. Let's get this party started!


    I tell you what, that "Mustang Sally" gets them out on the floor every time.


    Since the guests had been golfing all day, they had their good time early and did not stay late. We started playing at 6pm and played an hour dinner set. Then we played our dance set from 7:30 to 9:00pm and we were done even though we were scheduled until 10:00. I love those early nights! Now it's time to really earn our money. ;)


    We even got to bring home the center pieces. Mrs. BassCliff loves flowers.


    Since it was a small stage I brought minimal gear which made for a quick and easy load out. But I helped the others who had more stuff. We like to share the load.


    After we're all loaded up, Jack and Art say good night.


    Kelly and Rick say good night.


    And I say good night to the Bighorn Golf Club.


    These gigs are always a quite a drive, an hour and a half for me, longer for the others, but I love them because they are easy, early nights, food is good, pay is excellent, and the well-healed older crowd we play for is generally a fun bunch.

    I've played a lot of golf clubs in the Palm Springs area and this is one of the nicer ones. This band has played here many times in the past, but it was my first time. They loved us so I'm sure they'll have us back. Yes, once again, it's a cushy job but somebody has to do it. As always, thanks for letting me share my gigs with you.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  2. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    As always I feel like I was there with you. Good Pics and descriptions.
    BTW...I would have insisted on the Prime Rib from the menu. But that's just me.
  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi Mr. Stewie26,

    Thank you. Unfortunately, we didn't get to eat with the guests or from their menu. But our chicken was pretty good. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  4. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    You guys do some choice gigs!
    Like you, I have always liked that drum finish. I think of it as the "nylon rope finish". :D
    I really like your matching stage clothes for this gig, a very cohesive and professional look for that type of gig. It's great to see some attention to showmanship!
    If your band ever makes it over to this neck of the woods I'd love to catch your show.

  5. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Thank you Mr. Basshappi,

    Kelly has been doing this for a while and knows how to hustle the gigs. She also works with several agencies and she's great at schmoozing clients.

    Yes, we wear the matching outfits only for those "special" gigs. Usually we try to coordinate as to color and style but sometimes it just looks best to wear the uniform. I also have a tux when I need it. mwink.

    Rick has other drum kits. He was considering his yellow Yamaha traveler kit because of the small stage. But the small DW kit worked out just fine.

    We do make it out of town once in a while and Tuscon is within the realm of possibility. We almost had a gig at a military base out that way last summer but it fell through. My brother and I used to go skydiving at Eloy and Marana when he lived in Tuscon.

    But I digress. Thanks for the chat. BlahBlah. wave2.

    Thank you for your indulgence,


    P.S. While I've got your attention, I tried an artsy-fartsy photo of my old Carvin LB76. (Maybe I should clean the fretboard.)

  6. jjk2007


    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: DNA Bass Systems
    I lived in Temecula forever and I think I went to that same golf course to see my buddy drumming for Neal McCoy for a private event. I remember pulling up while they were loading in and seeing a Rolls Royce, a Lamborghini and a couple of Ferrari 's. I wanted to to tell the valet to not scratch my Nissan Frontier! ;)
    I've been on a couple of gigs like that myself and they've always been fun. Great pics and keep on bumpin the low end.
  7. Thanks again BassCliff!
    Though many of the pictures and the lead-in to the gig may seem long to some, I really appreciate seeing the differences of the area as I live on the East Coast north of Boston. A fun read :)
  8. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    It's my pleasure. I'm glad you guys don't mind all the pictures. I'd love to see other bass players on their gigs, the rooms, the gear, the scenery, etc. So, post them up guys! take_picture.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  9. calfroper


    Sep 6, 2008
    trona, calif.
    Thanks for the pictures and descriptions of your gigs! They are always good!
  10. kikstand454


    Sep 28, 2012
    Always the best posts cliff! I may soon post up a similar series of the exact OPPOSITE kind of show. Lol.
    thanks for sharing!
  11. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi Mr. kikstand454,

    Yes! I'd love to see it. :D

    And believe me, there are some funky dives and honky tonks around here that I'll be happy to share too. It's not all golf clubs and European cars around here. :p

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  12. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Two thumbs up!
  13. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Thanks Mr. calfroper. Is that Trona, as in out past Ridgecrest? I'd love to meet you at one of my gigs but that would be quite a long drive down to Orange County. But I'll let you know if we play out that way. We should be playing in Las Vegas sometime in the next few months. That's probably closer than the OC. ;)

    You are too kind, Mr. nutdog. Thanks for letting me share my fun.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  14. HockeyDawg


    Oct 12, 2012
    Awesome post. Looks like a great gig. And no worries about the amount of pics, keep 'em coming.
  15. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    Cool pics as always Cliff.

    Tell Art that I really dig his G&L ASAT!
  16. calfroper


    Sep 6, 2008
    trona, calif.
    Yeah BassCliff, that is Trona! You are right about Vegas being closer so let me know when and where and we'll see if I can catch up with you!
  17. nice to see how the other half lives! cool gig!
  18. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    When I die, I want to come back as the bass player for the Kelly Rae Band.
  19. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    LOL! Thank you Mr. dbase. Actually, by the time you are re-incarnated Kelly will probably be retired. But her daughter will need a bass player. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  20. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Haulin' your gear in a Safari/Astro. I worked at the plant that made them for about 11 years.