SLO Surfer w/The Tipsy Gypsies at CIP, 7/20/18

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by SLO Surfer, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    Well, here’s my first stab at trying to document and share a fun gig, a la @BassCliff.

    My home town of San Luis Obispo, California (aka SLO, and home of Ernie Ball Music Man, Bartolini Pickups and Electronics, National Reso Phonic Guitars, and Demeter Amplification… ok Demeter is 20 minutes away in Templeton but close enough!) has a weekly, downtown Summer concert series that is free and open to public called Concerts in the Plaza. It’s held in the outdoor plaza of the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, built in 1772, and is usually attended by anywhere from one to three-thousand concert goers each Friday, with beer and wine and food for sale. One of my two current bands, The Tipsy Gypsies, played this series this past Friday for our third year in a row. Anyways, on to the gig!

    I actually now live 20 minutes up the road from SLO, in Morro Bay, mostly due to my surfing habit. I drove over to our drummer Daryl’s house, also in Morro Bay, to pick him and his drums up around 2:30pm. Drummer Daryl and I often surf together at the beach just two blocks ahead of the intersection in this pic, and his house is two blocks to the left. It's 68 degrees and foggy here.

    We got drums and bass gear all loaded up in my ’06 Rav4 and headed down Hwy 1 towards SLO. Traffic was as congested as usual for 2:30pm on a Friday around these parts, but we still managed to cover the 14-mile trek in 14 minutes. Here’s a view of said typical traffic and terrain halfway through our commute.

    We arrive in SLO where it's 88 degrees and sunny, which is a typical weather difference from Morro Bay during this time of year. We got to drive through the plaza and right up to the stage. Gotta love super easy load-ins! Dustin from Bill Gaines Audio, the top local sound and lighting company, had the stage and sound system ready to go before we showed up. (Side note, I used to teach bass lessons to Bill’s son. Small town.) Two hours before down beat and people were already claiming their spots. Here’s the view from next to the sound board after we got set up but before sound check.

    Forrestt making sure his 1950’s Gibson guitar and 1960’s Sears catalog Silvertone amp are still working. After all these years, they are sounding better than ever!

    Daryl makes sure the drums still sound like drums while a guitar plays. They did.

    I got my Shen bass with Full-Circle pickup into Peterson Strobo-Stomp Tuner into Sansamp BDDI into Aguilar TH500 into Schoreder 1210L classic cab all set up and tuned to the stage. I had some bears behind me playing in the water. I actually grew up playing/swimming in that fountain when I was a little kid myself.

    Our background vocalist, Reese, warms up her mic while our lead singer, Hilary, gives her the cold shoulder. (They’re actually “besties” in real life)

    Laura on Alto sax and clarinet gets her turn to sound check as more and more people try to claim their seats that will undoubtedly only provide a view of dancing peoples' butts once the show starts.

    With sound check done and 50 minutes to go before downbeat, we retreat to the red green room behind the fountain that’s behind the stage. The downtown association provides us with plenty of snacks, water, and beer/wine. This gig is two hours long with no breaks, so getting sound check done early and having time to relax really helps the long set go smoothly.

    The show goes on for a while before I remember I'm trying to document this for TalkBass. So I grab a quick shot of my view of the crowd about halfway through the gig. Good thing those early birds got those seats in the front row earlier!

    Here’s a few other pics of the performance from the Concerts in the Plaza social media.

    We got done, vacated the stage, and the crowd demanded an encore which we happily obliged. After that final song, we took this band selfie with the crowd.

    While packing it up and loading out I got to watch my 5-year-old son play around the same fountain I played in when I was his age, which made the evening that much sweeter.

    The sun sets as my Rav4 is loaded and ready to vacate the plaza to head back to the foggy coast with Daryl. The stage folds up in to a trailer to be towed back to storage until next Friday’s Concert in the Plaza.

    Playing in this band and at this show are two of the most fun things about music for me. I love the people in the band and the music we make, and I love that other people get some enjoyment from participating in our own enjoyment.

    I’m fortunate enough to be playing this Concerts in the Plaza series again in two weeks with my other group, Damon Castillo Band, which I play electric bass in. Maybe I’ll do another one of these for that show, although maybe not because everything will probably look the exact same other than the band members.

    Anyways, thanks for stopping by!

    Edit/Update: I got asked to post some clips, so I'm putting one here in the first post. This is the only clip I could find so far, not great quality. It's our singer Hilary's boyfriend filming us playing a song she wrote about him. I'll try to find a better clip and update if I do.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2018
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  2. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    I love Morro Bay, but surfing? Yikes! It's a bit too popular with sharks, for my liking.

    Even the salmon sharks are terrifying!
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  3. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    I cycled down the coast highway from SF to SD and I don't remember any surf in Morro Bay other than knee knockers.
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  4. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    There are salmon sharks in Morro Bay?
    It's Shark Week, baby!
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  5. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    I’m way more scared pulling out of my driveway in my car than I am pulling into a wave on my board, and the surfing vs driving fatality numbers more than support my feelings!

    good. It’s terrible surf here year round. Cold and small. The traffic is miserable too.
  6. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    Spoken like a true surfer! ;)
  7. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Very nice report. If you have clip of your music, that would be cool.

    Horn chicks. :)
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  8. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    I’d love to post some video but the only clips I’ve found are on other people’s Facebook pages. I’ll see if I can share a link soon, but our studio recordings are also on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, etc.
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  9. Inky13


    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    Excellent band name! Super great report. How do you like the Shen? I had to duct tape an open seam on my crappy DB last night. Well, not so much crappy as old and worn out. Like me.
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  10. Please post your next gig as well. There's always something different and cool at a show.

    Years ago a friend and I were hitchhiking to Tucson from the Bay Area and were taken in by some people who lived across the street from the mission there in SLO. They said tourists often walked into their house thinking it was a cafe. That's still one of my favorite parts of California.
  11. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    Man, I don't need an excuse to get up to SLO (from Santa Monica) but this makes it look even more fun than usual. Great gig, great pics, great story. Great fountain.
  12. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    I found and uploaded a video at the end of my original post up above!

    I love my Shen. It's got a 5/8 size body with a 3/4 size neck, so kind of a weird instrument. My old bass had the back come unglued from the rib on a gig, and I got this Shen as a loaner from my buddy while my bass got repaired. I ended up loving his so much I bought it off of him and it's been a nice upgrade, relegating my old repaired bass to a dust collecting back up.

    Thanks for the encouragement! I'll probably try to document the next one with my other band. Our guitarist, Forrestt, used to live right across the street from the Mission and that's where we rehearsed weekly. It was behind a yarn shop and garden shop. The owners have owned and lived in that space for several generations, so I'll bet you walked in to their place!
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2018
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  13. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    That was a great report of a great gig. You got the crowd up and kept them there. I can see why. You guys sounded fabulous! Great stage look too. :cool:

    I'm in the camp of voting for a report with your other band. Doesn't matter if it's the same venue. Heck, I just posted back to back weekend county fair gigs on the same stage with the same band. ;)

    Yeah, like a surfer is gonna advertise his spots. :laugh:
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  14. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    What it's all about! Great report and thanks for sharing! The fountain hand-me-down with your son is cool, as well!
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  15. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi Mr. @SLO Surfer,

    Wow. Nice gig in a nice area. Thanks for taking us along today with your excellent play-by-play. Some vintage sounds by the coast is an excellent thing. The band sounds great. Your audience looked amazing, like they were having a ton of fun along with you. I'd love to see your other ensemble play there. Very cool.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  16. ERIC31


    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    That was great! Looking forward to your next gig report!
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  17. Good stuff!
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  18. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Pretty terrific gig report! You should most definitely give us another with the other band in 2 weeks :)

    sidenote> I'm wondering if you ever happened to catch any flack for the band name. Doesn't bother me, but i wouldn't be surprised if someone of Romany descent might have seen that & then taken the time to put a hex on you all :D
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  19. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    nice! the band sounds super! great gig report!

    sweet all the way around! :thumbsup:
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  20. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Excellent stuff.
    I drive through, and around SLO county a lot for work. I love it up there.
    SLO itself has a cool vibe. Everyone is attractive, healthy, and loving life it seems.
    I like Morro Bay too, but you guys have to do something about the weather there (fog!).

    Gig looked great.

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