Long Trip for gigs

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by ZuluFunk, Jun 19, 2001.

  1. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Some of you may not agree but I feel getting in on an open mic night is a good first gig for a band. I am in a new project right now. The working name is Cinema309 which comes from old abandoned porno theatre. We are working on a better name. Everyone is out of Philly except me. I am in Nazareth which is like 70-80 miles north. So of course I talked them into coming up here locally to Bethlehem to play.

    Anyway, the great rationalle for my idea was that if we screw up, it won't matter because it's not near where we plan to get booked in the future. We won't screw up, but the singer is new to this and she's a bit nervous. My true hope is that we can gig up here regularly so my wife can come with some friends and not feel like I'm just "away" all the time. After a while, getting down to practice is a drain, especially on weeknights. But it's woth it to a large extent because we don't play the "same old same".

    If there are seven people in the band (drums, guitar, singer, keys/horn, trombone, trumpet, and BASS) is it fair to expect 1 out of 7 gigs are near the one who travels more than the others, or should practices also be taken into account?

    Does anyone else have a similar situation with themself of another member?

    I knew what I was getting myself into at the start. I was referrred to this project by another local act I sat in with supposedly for my funk/soul feel and also that I had experience in SKA bands.
  2. Hmm..

    I'm in a 4-person band ( drum, bass, guitar, vocal ), and we all live in the same City...

    I've been with the band for a short while not, but the other members told me they often had long rides ( 150/200 miles ) to get to a gig.. but hey.. it's gig.. so imho it's always worth it :D
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    My drummer and I have been driving 75 miles every weekend to practice. Same goes for gigs. Most of them are about that distance away. I think it is worth it.

    We are joining a new band now that is about 100 miles away, and the gigs will range from from 50 to 250 miles from home. BUT, we are joining a very promising, already established band that is playing every weekend and making pretty good money.:D

    So, if it is something that is gonna pay off in the long run, consider the drive just a little part of the sacrifice that must be made sometimes in order to pursue something like this.