Nixdad with The Fab 8, Shelton Park, Claremont, 5/3/19

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

  1. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hi Everyone -
    It was great to get out and play again!
    Claremont FNL Logo.jpg

    We're grateful the city of Claremont hired us to perform the first date of their successful "Friday Nights Live" concert series which runs May through October.

    Every Friday night 4 bands perform within a few blocks of each other in the downtown area, making this a very fun evening for all who choose to attend (typically 1,000-2,000 people on any given Friday night.) Claremont is a nice So Cal town famous for its institutions of higher learning (otherwise known as the Claremont Colleges: The Claremont Colleges) There are plenty of restaurants and goodie shops in the downtown area, so there is no shortage of things to do (and eat.) This year's events begin on May 3rd, and will end on October 25th.

    Here's a picture someone posted on Facebook from one of the stores downtown:
    FNL 2019 Board.jpg
    Although only 2 of the 4 locations are listed on the board above, the Village Square and Shelton Park are the 2 primary locations for FNL (we'll close out the FNL series on October 25 in the Village Square.) Our keyboard player/vocalis Matt is also in The Dogs (fantastic deep album cut band,) and guitarists/vocalists Martie, Hai and Pat make up the acoustic trio Dynamite Dawson (killer CSN and much more,) both groups of which will be performing in the weeks ahead.

    It's been 6 months since our last gig in early November, and we couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to come out of hibernation. The weather during the day peaked at about 80 degrees, and skies were clear and blue.

    Doug supervises as we're finalizing set up:
    A close up of Doug's cool shirt:
    Doug Shirt.jpg

    Hai, Martie & Dale. Although we're facing west into the sun during set up and as we start the gig, the glare only lasts a short time. Temps were great this year, but a few years ago it was over 100 degrees with no wind when we did this same gig. We were thankful for the beautiful conditions.

    This is Bob Fagg. He and his wife Sonja Stump are unofficially "Mr. & Mrs. Claremont," and are the primary reason we get hired every year. Since my bandmates are in multiple bands, overall they collectively book all of the seminal bands associated with The F8 for about 25 events annually. We're truly grateful.
    Bob Fagg.jpg
    His wife Sonja Stump, who is also a professional photographer:
    Sonja Stump.jpg

    It's also graduation time for the Claremont Colleges. While we were setting up, 4 attractive students took turns taking photographs of each other under this (redbud?) tree just adjacent to the stage:
    It certainly enhanced the scenery and made set up a bit more entertaining. Here are the students reviewing their photos:

    A shot of the stage, pre-performance:
    We had a nice crowd for this gig, probably about 250 people overall. A few pre-performance shots:

    This is a great event for all ages. This is John Debellis (in the F8 shirt,) a high school classmate of mine who brought his family:

    Doug's stage with the newly mounted F8 drumhead and Beatles cartoon heads:

    We added "Hello Goodbye" & "I'll Be Back Again" to our setlist this week, and performed several other tunes we had not played in a few years including "I Should Have Known Better" & "I Feel Fine." We performed for 3 hours with 2 breaks. "A Day In the Life," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You," "Penny Lane," "Hey Jude" are consistent crowd favorites, and we ended the evening with "With a Little Help From My Friends" as usual.

    Luckily a few live shots just showed up on Facebook. Here's Martie Echito, who is also responsible for our sound. Martie is one of those multi-instrumentalist/songwriter guys with a HUGE amount of talent and absolutely no ego. He's always made a living as a musician, and has performed with Stephen Stills and countless others through the decades. Several of his songs have appeared on movie soundtracks and in various places. I'm happy to know him and am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to perform with him. He's also in the process of mixing our live CD and promo video (which will be available soon):
    Martie Shelton Park 2019.jpg

    And finally, a shot of the entire band:
    F8 Shelton Park 05032019.jpg

    Overall, it was a fun night and featured several excellent performances. The crowd enjoyed the music, and we enjoyed them right back (we especially appreciated the more than $200 in tips.) A few songs were a little shaky (instrumentally) knocking off 6 months of rust, but the guys sang great. I'm so fortunate to be in a band with guys that have so much talent.

    All for now. Our next gig is not until mid-June (and we have 5 more after that,) so hopefully we can add more dates.

    Until next time, keep posting those gig reports!


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  2. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Glad to see you're still rocking the hat. I hope this starts off the summer of many gigs. :thumbsup:
  3. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Hi Chris.

    Great to see the Fab 8 back in action. The depth of talent in the band is amazing. Really looking forward to seeing you again later this year.

    You are right about Martie being a cool guy. I've had a couple of discussions with him and he really is down to earth.

    I see the Claremont Voodoo Society will be there in a few weeks. My friend Lazy Brad Lewis is in that band. A fun bunch of guys.
  4. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
    This is my dream band, I hope you'll get big and make Europian tour ;)
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  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Nice venue, nice crowd. I really like that "Friday Nights Live" promo poster, too. Village, town or city – it seems like a friendly place to visit.
  6. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    You guys are just AWEsome!!!! Best of luck with adding more gigs, and remember: Rust to you, isn't to them! Congrats on starting the new season, let's see that new Rick (!) and wish I lived a bit closer!!
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  7. Hi Chris!

    I like that little park. We usually make it down to FNL a few times during the season. It's always a fun evening. I hope to see you guys soon.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  8. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2000
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Thanks for sharing Chris, excellent gig. I really hope to make a California trip this summer where I can hopefully see some of my TalkBass friends at a gig or two.

  9. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Tony. Yep, the hat is here to stay! At this point we have 4 more gigs this summer, and 2 in the fall. I'm still looking for other opportunities (and some indoor venues) where we can play beyond October.

    Hey Grant! Thanks for your kind compliments, as they are always appreciated. I'm extremely fortunate to be playing with these guys, and it's especially fun when it's evident the audience is enjoying the music as much as we do.
    I know the Claremont Voodoo Society has been around for a number of years - I need to make time to see them.

    BTW - do the Goat Hill Gamblers have a website? I was looking for upcoming dates to make plans and get out and see you guys soon as well, but could not find one.

    Thanks, @Torrente Cro. You never know what the future may hold!

    Thanks @garp! It's definitely a nice town, and they appreciate good music. The FNL concept has done well, and Claremont has been a model for other cities of how to do it right. They changed the artwork this year - I agree it looks pretty cool.

    Thank you, Dan. Yep, the new Ric will make it's debut soon. The neck requires some adjustment, so it's time for me to adjust the truss rods and add a bit of relief to eliminate some buzz. I didn't have time to do it before this gig, but it will get done before our next gig in about a month.
    I wish you lived closer as well! However, if all goes well our CD should be available within the next month, so we should have more music available soon.

    Hey Cliff!
    I agree it is a nice little park. We had the largest crowd we've ever had at that location this time around, so hopefully it will continue to grow from there. We still appreciate the video you shot of us the first time we performed there a few years back!

    We hope to see you soon as well!

    Hi Mark -
    Thanks very much, and it would be great to meet you. About 1/2 our gigs are private gigs this year, but we will be performing for the City of Glendora's Summer Concert Series on Sunday, July 7th at Finkbiner Park if you find yourself in town. If you can't make one of my gigs, still let us know if you'll be in town to see one of our other Talkbass brethren!

    Here is the Glendora schedule:
    June 23 - The Answer - Classic Rock
    June 30 - Los Angeles Sheriff's Concert Band - Patriotic
    July 7 - The Fab 8 - Beatles Acoustic
    July 14 - Doo Wah Riders - Country
    July 21 - Raymond Michael - Elvis Tribute
    July 28 - Night Owl Jazz Orchestra - Miller,Basie,Sinatra and Ella
    August 4 - The Who Experience - A Who Tribute

    It looks like Gary @Holdsg will be performing for the same series on August 4th!

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  10. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    Wow - great gig report and beautiful photos! I would have loved to have been there!

    When does the white Ric make its debut?
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  11. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Great to see you guys Beatleing about again....:hyper:.....

    Let me know when CD becomes available please.....:thumbsup:
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  12. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    We don't have a web presence outside of a FB page. I'm not on very often. Mostly to post flyers for shows. It has pretty much turned into more of a personal posting page for the guys than an actual "band" page. They do create events for gigs.

    Only two shows on the books right now.

    Saturday afternoon, May 18th, at Gallagher's Pub in downtown Huntington Beach.
    The Jim Flaherty Band (a good rockin' blues band) plays from 1:00 to 3:30, we play from 3:30 to 5:00.
    It's a nice place but parking requires a pay garage.

    Saturday, June 22nd, at Bobby V's in Anaheim.
    A one setter from 8:00 to 9:00.
    Never been there but the pics look like a classic 60's era dive bar.

    Hopefully we'll get another invite to the Orange County Fair this year. We should know in the next couple of weeks. Probably a couple more Swap Meet gigs coming up too.
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  13. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    wonderful pics, I'm sure it was a fantastic evening of live music.
    Always glad to see you out an playing.

    And yes, Who Experience will be at Glendora Concerts in the Park on August 4.
    Hot August nights! love those!
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  14. Great stuff all around!
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  15. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Tony. The white Ric will probably make it's debut at our next public gig on July 7. I'm looking forward to it!

    Thanks Ron, an will do!

    Thanks Grant. I'm looking forward to catching you guys sometime this year.
    Did Original Mike's fizzle out?

    Thanks Gary - looking forward to seeing you guys!

    Thanks Jimmy!
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  16. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
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  17. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Yep, Original Mike's is now a former venue. Fletcher worked there, hence easy getting gigs. He left last year on less than good terms, hence no more gigs there. :( Too bad. It was a really cool place.
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  18. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Nate!

    Yeah, that's a bummer - what a great patio.

    But poopy happens to all of us. I'm sure you remember the annoying fountains that were always on at The Shoppes at Chino Hills stage area where you saw us a few times (fun for kids, sucked for anyone who came to see the band.) Before our final gig there last year an audience member asked them to please shut off the fountains so she could hear the band. They complied, which was great for everyone in the audience (and great for us to not have to compete with the noise.) However, a shopper who brought their kids to play in the fountain complained about the fountains being off. Because we were performing, we got blamed. We were also at the top of their pay scale, so we simply were not invited back this year. Oh well. :thumbsdown:
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  19. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Nice gig report there sir, also that warm California sun is perfect for a band setting .. I love playing outside but not in New Jersey. weather really sucks here lately. I was hoping to see that new Ric in action also. Next gig maybe? ;)
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  20. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    great report! nice gig --- i was hoping to hear the band on a video, but i'm not disappointed looking at the pics! thanks for sharing the experience. :thumbsup:
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