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Midnight Radio Gig Report - On the Water: 2017 Edition

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Jamvan, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    It's mid July so it's time for my annual main thread gig report! (applause)

    Midnight Radio played our annual pontoon gig yesterday (July 15, 2017) and couldn't have asked for a better day to do it; 93°F, mostly sunny, with a bit of a breeze. This is the third time I've played this particular event and it's the band's 7th and I'm already looking forward to playing it again next year! Here's the link to my 2016 check in. And here's the link to the very short, rainy, 2015 check-in.

    First things first; the drive:

    It's a quick 35 minutes on I-94 to my BL's house where we're meeting up prior to heading over to our load-in location. I've already filled my cooler with three big bottles of Cool Blue Gatorade in anticipation of some cramping.

    Not much to talk about at the BL's house other than loading up some drums in the trailer and then we're off again. Another 15 minutes to our host house to load in.

    I'm re-using last year's picture to show the load-in. It's not easy and we usually have 3-4 young men to assist but not this year. Just our host and one friend who seem a little less than enthused to carry the big stuff. This will kill me during load out but more on that in a bit...

    The pontoon is a cozy affair but works perfectly for our trio. We run our entire setup off a single Honda generator but have a second one as a backup just in case. Once we're loaded and set up, our host brings us some food from the corresponding picnic that's happening as part of the day's events. This year we have a brisket sandwich, some really good potato salad, some chips, watermelon, and cookies. It goes great with my first bottle of Gatorade.

    As we were going to be on the water for 5 hours and it was hot and sunny, I made sure to apply plenty of sunscreen. I didn't want to get burned! :thumbsup:

    After a final bio-break to make sure you could make it 5 hours without another, we hop on the pontoon, grab anything that can move to hold it in place, and our host motors us out into position in the middle of the lake on a shallow sandbar. Here we are being escorted by the local boat dealer who owns our stage pontoon and sponsors us.
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    And here's what's awaiting us as we get moved into position.
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    Now, it was a bit breezier in the middle of the lake and while we do use stilts for stability, we were feeling a lot of movement while we started playing. So while it may look like I'm showboating a bit with some true RAWKstar® poses, rest assured, I'm just trying to keep my mic stand from tipping over. It proved to be a battle that almost defeated me. You'll also notice, we finally convinced our BL to ditch the "Fool #1, #2, and #3" tshirts this year. Thankfully. (wearing the same shorts however! ;) )
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    Playing my Fender Pawn Shop Reverse Jaguar, freshly strung with a set of DR DDT 50-110 strings courtesy of @SLaPiNFuNK which sound massive on this bass. I've ordered a couple more sets so look out for those! :D My normal stage rig (TC RH750 - RS212) is tucked behind the PA tower.
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    I'll be back with some candids of the actual gig. Thanks for reading!
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  2. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    This event is for the Cedar Lake Conservation Club and it's historically only been promoted to people living on the lake but our new host and the sponsor have taken it upon themselves to really get the word out and draw non-residents as well. As such, this is the most people we've had out for this. We were very happy with the turnout.
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    Plus, my two youngest kids we're able to come out and see their old man in his natural habitat. Here they are with my wife and my brother.
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    Modern technology is so cool. We had one of our good friends and sound techs running our sound from his boat via his iPad. While we were plagued with a faulty XLR most of the day, he made us sound good while kicked back and relaxing on his boat. He hates having his picture taken so this is the best I could do.
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    We've also expanded our merch to include can coolies along with our tshirts. These made for a great giveaway yesterday.
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    We ended up playing until almost 6:30 as people kept asking for one more song but once we were done, we raised the stilts and our host motored us back to shore where we were faced with the enormous task of loading out. Here's the hill again just to jog your memory. It may not look like much but after standing and performing for 5 hours, it's beyond daunting. And no lumpers to be found anywhere.

    Our host and sponsor were the only two there and neither of them were really in the mind state to assist...if you catch my drift. As they were paying us, we weren't going to press either so we did it. Well, actually the BL and I did most of it while our drummer dismantled his kit. Good guy but boy can he wiggle out of the heavy lifting. Needless to say, it was a long slow one and we were absolutely wiped out by the time we finished up around 8:30. We shared some small talk with the sponsor and host and then bid adieu until next year.

    Between the lumping, the sun, and 4.5 hours of playing in flip flops, I feel like I've been run over by a truck this morning. I wouldn't trade it for anything though. Ok, well maybe some strong young men to carry our gear. I would trade it for that! Thanks for reading and I'll now go back to my rightful place in the Check-in thread! :D
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  3. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Wow...fanTAStic!! Beautiful weather, nice crowd, what else could you ask for, right? (Besides a better load-out, of course...). I hope that sunscreen came off that bass, all right! Thanks for the great pics. Looks like a fun time was had by all!!
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  4. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    That looks like a really fun show!
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  5. mikew31

    mikew31 Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    Superior, WI
    Great report! Looks like a fun gig to do. My mom has a cabin up in Pine City and there are several pontoon parties each year so your pics looked similar. Now I just gotta figure out a way to get one of the bands I'm in booked onto a pontoon!:bassist:
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  6. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    Hah! Yeah, all cleaned up and with a nice golden tan!

    It is a lot of fun. Everyone is there for the sole purpose of having a great afternoon.

    It is a lot of fun. The boat dealer uses his stage for several in the area. The biggest, of course, being the 4th of July celebration which is my desire to play. Bigger lake. Many more people. :thumbsup:

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  7. Mark_70


    Dec 31, 2013
    That sounds like a fun gig! Thanks for posting the report..!

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  8. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Looks like such a fun gig, (well, except for that load situation)! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    It truly is. So much so that I try not to think of the fact we're floating on an old converted pontoon with all of our gear. I don't think insurance would take kindly to the claim if something were to happen. :woot:
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  10. That is too cool. Now I wish I had a friend with a pontoon boat. Must make more friends at the reservoir.
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  11. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I wished I'd known about this, I would have made the trip up with my Kayak and paddled over for the festivities.
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  12. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    There were a lot of kayakers out yesterday. Many more than in years past.
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  13. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Wowie Zowie! Yes, I remember this gig. Except for schlepping up and down that hill it looks like a fabulous gig. I take it you didn't drop anything into the water this year. Good for you. For your mic stands I guess you'll have to nail them to the deck or use twenty five pounds weights from your weight set on the base of you mic stands.

    I hope your bass didn't suffer any adverse effects from sun exposure. I think it has enough color. You don't want to chance finish cancer. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  14. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Most excellent report! I feel like I was there. Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
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  15. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Great gig & pics! Whew...It's too bad you only do this once a year, because you could really use one of these:

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  16. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    I'm definitely bringing the Track-O next year (however I will NOT be hiring them to produce our YouTube videos. :D )
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  17. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    No, you weren't there. You're only wet because you peed yourself. :cool:
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  18. Inky13


    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    This old bladder couldn't go five hours without a pit stop.
    (Gosh, I thought these Gatorade bottles were empty last time I checked.)
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  19. Joe Ty

    Joe Ty Supporting Member

    That is fantastic. Someone on our lake needs to buy a Stage Pontoon.
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  20. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    I'd be lying if i said it was easy. We do try to limit our quantity of liquid intake through the duration. How? Midnight Radio Apple Pie Moonshine. :laugh:

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