So, we're in the van for five hours ...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by flavorfactory, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. We once had a friend who decided that managing us was going to be his big task. He got us a few gigs around town and out of town close by, and we figured that things were going well.

    One day, he came to us and said that he'd booked a gig for us in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma -- about five hours from where we were in Austin, TX. The club was called Cipango (get it? sip and go?) and was run by an old highschool buddy of his.

    Our manager buddy even lined us up a van so that we wouldn't have to convoy up in our own cars, and he set us up with a room at the local Holiday Inn. He assured us that we'd get paid more than enough to cover our costs.

    Well, we all took off work and hopped in the van around 1 p.m. and hightailed it to Norman. We arrived around 6 p.m. and finally found the club ... which had no idea we were coming.

    The manager had pity on us and let us play ... for tips. We counted a total of 4 people in the audience. One of them was a completely drunk redneck who kept asking me if I could play it "funky-like". We were a straight up pop rock band, but luckily "Play that Funky Music, White Boy" was in our repetoire. I think we played it six times that night.

    Thanks to the waitress, we came away with 20 bucks in tips.

    What a show!
  2. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Well, I hope the manager is now fired... In my experience, they just aren't all that useful, and something like this eventually happens anyway.
  3. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
  4. Doh!

    Either get rid of him, or make him pay you for the gas you wasted and the time you had to take off of work (for you or any of the other band members)

    Then kick him in the testicles. Repeat until satisfied.
  5. This was years ago.

    We did end up 'firing' him, more or less.

    Then he went on to be the manager/owner of one of the better clubs to play at in town ...
  6. stonedbassist

    stonedbassist Guest

    Mar 16, 2002
    sounds like a twist on blues brothers man! dude, that sux man, better luck next time!