Outdoor Show...in 30 Degrees?!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by dickfitts, Feb 2, 2023.

  1. dickfitts


    Jan 18, 2012
    True Story! Couple weeks back.

    I'm from Northern New York, in a town called Lake Placid. We hosted the winter Olympics twice, the state just completed a huge and very expensive revamp of all the facilities, got it pushed through the legislature by booking a newer winter sports collegiate event called the FISU games. They were throwing around a bunch of funds, shut down the main street of our town to all motorized traffic for twelve days, hired bands to play throughout the event. I came back from Portland, Oregon (where I live now) for the reuniting of my beloved rock band from our twenties. We don't play often, but the cash was there and it sounded interesting.

    Interesting, of course, because playing an outdoor stage, in northern NY, high in the Adirondack mountains, in January...is a dicey, dicey proposition. Here we go...

    ...after a few weeks of rehearsal, Christmas, New Year's, reconnecting with family and friends and the whole thing: they set up the stage. Initially things did not look, ahhhh...promising. :bored:


    ...especially because this was right above out town's protected, fully powered bandshell on the lake. The event promoters were adamant that we play on main st itself because it was closer to the beer tent. So it goes. For reference here's the bandshell:


    ...needless to say we were a bit spooked. That said, much to our amazement: the stage got cleaned up. While they refused to enclose it in any way, they did to their credit provide some huge-ass heat blowers that seemed to do the trick, imported from Vail for events they do outdoors there. The first few bands (started on a Saturday night, we were scheduled for tuesday) seemed to have a not-entirely terrible time, we chatted them up nightly as they got off stage and it seemed to be chilly but not physically deleterious. A bit of snow on amps, we readied what precautions we could in preparation...

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    ...the day of the show came. We met the stage crew in the parking lot of a nearby hotel, they loaded our stuff into a gator and we were off. Soundcheck was a hoot. Stage was warm, as is the insufferable wont of the Adirondack Weather Gods, in the course of half an hour it went from sun to rain to snow. But it sounded great, equipment was reasonably well protected, and we even got a video clip of our friend, stage dancer and general societal terror Electric Bradio to play on the giant video screen behind us.

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    ...it was at this time that the delegation from Norway gave me a hat. She was...quite lovely. I accepted graciously. I believe according to the International bylaws of Division 3 Collegiate Athletic Tournaments I am now a full-fledged Norwegian citizen, though something may have been lost in translation. Either way I'm expecting my health care and complimentary lutefisk ration any day now...


    We regrouped for a fabulous brisket feast, lakeside, provided by a partner restaurant down the street. It was...it was a definitive Yes. We filled our various metallic fluid containers with juice-adjacent liquids of the extremely decadent variety.

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    ...and then...SHOWTIME!!!

    It was...a glorious blur. We are very, very lucky boys. Alost immediately into things, it warmed to about 33 and a half degrees and started to torrential rain. And our friends, our family, our community: man, they friggin' stuck around. We danced. We partied. We were ageless. Our kids got brought up in what we first brought up, back in the nineties. I'm getting all choked up, just thinking about it. There's not an emoji on the planet that can speak to it. We are blessed.

    The stage was actually warm enough to play and not get damaged. No small miracle. When we had finished our 90-minute set, we waded into the crowd and got soaked and smiled and filled with laughter with our People. I'll never forget it.

    Here's a photo dump of it all. Much love, big respect, play on, take care...

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  2. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    Bravo to all. Here in Los Angeles for the last couple of weeks, it's been in the high 50s, low 60s, and a number of our uke group members, many seniors, opted out of our Sunday and Wednesday meet ups. Even I didn't mind when we officially skipped one of the high 50s days, I'm 73.
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  3. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ ...in search of the impeccable groove... Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
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  4. LiptonJigglers


    Oct 21, 2022
    Great story. Fantastic pictures. Really happy you guys had a great time.
    Here in the southern hemisphere, i recently did a show in 42°c (106f) and got a free hotdog... lost about 5kg in weight from sweating my proverbials off and had to drive 2 hours home dodging kangaroos... and no free hats from gorgeous girls.... I'm jealous... wanna swap places?
  5. dickfitts


    Jan 18, 2012
    Woooooooow!! That is...that's warm, man!! Gosh darn...

    ...as it happens, we played a second (indoor) show at a spot up the street later in the week. Top floor of a 3-story A-frame, packed to capacity, line out the door...and everybody sweating in winter clothes. It couldn't have been less than 90f. I was still a bit wobbly to begin with, we played Hot For Teacher, I jumped up in the air when the bass came in, almost passed out / yakked up another night's complimentary brisket :roflmao::vomit: 20230121_233756.jpg
  6. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    Killer report. Glad you had such a great time. The photos rocked!
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  7. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Love the photos! Dedication and perseverance always gets the job done, no matter what is thrown your way.
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  8. braud357


    Jul 1, 2010
    Gonzales, LA
    Glad it worked out ! For me, with my health issues - it would have been a hard NO !!
  9. Wannabass

    Wannabass Supporting Member

    Spent many a day in my youth skiing and partying there. The old Lake Placid inn was a hoot to explore in the middle of the night.
    It never got that warm back then, good as it gets!
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  10. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    that is awesome, thanks for putting the effort in to the gig, and the report.
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  11. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    Glad it all went well. Looks like an awesome time had by all.

    Band reunions are really cool. My band has so few gigs that when we get one, it's like a reunion..LOL!! Thanks for your post.
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  12. RustfeatherBass

    RustfeatherBass Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2022
    Haverhill, MA
    Fantastic! What a great gig report.
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  13. 31HZ

    31HZ Glad to be here Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2006
    Central VA, USA
    This might be the best "gig report" thread I've ever read. I'm filled with your joy simply from having read it.
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  14. chazolson

    chazolson Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Reston, VA
    You're a better man than I.

    I woulda woken up that morning, thought "not just no, but hell no", rolled over, and went back to sleep in my warm comfy bed.
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  15. Gorilla Monsoon

    Gorilla Monsoon Magician...Can turn a car into a driveway... Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2022
    The Swamp
    With free S’mores, how bad could it be?
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  16. It's a lot easier to play in those temps if you're under 30 years old. You guys have renewed my faith in toughing it out AND having fun too. Way to go!
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  17. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    But, what about the FREE SMORES?!

    (Great report, just kidding. Looks like a blast!)
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  18. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Arrgghh, you beat me to it!
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  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That’s cool.

    Looks like fun. Lake Placid is a beautiful place. Rock on.
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  20. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    What a memorable gig!

    This is what happens when you make the best of whatever is thrown at you.
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