St. Paddy’s Day 2023 gig roundup

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BillMason, Mar 18, 2023.

  1. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    Did everyone have a great gig yesterday or what??!?

    We swapped out vocalists back in September, and changed our name at the same time. We’ve done a few private function gigs since then, but yesterday was our first public gig together with the new singer. It was also the venue’s very first ever St. Paddy’s Day event - they’re across the highway from a popular Irish bar, and I’ve been telling them for a while they *need* to do a St Paddy’s Day event because the other place is standing room only and people who don’t wanna stand like that need a place nearby to go. So they did! And we were packed.

    We also sounded great - definitely some flubs and near train wrecks on a couple of songs we just recently added, but the rest was flawless, tight, af, and all the people dancing didn’t seem to notice or care about any mistakes made in the other stuff. I was having a great time using a new fuzz pedal (Hoof), we absolutely nailed Vertigo, and I had some compliments on my Dark Night P bass. Lots of compliments on the entire band, and the new singer was especially well received (I mean he can sing Vertigo, so…).

    I’ll post more pics once I start seeing them rolling in, but here’s one the drummer’s wife took of us. my shirt says “Kiss me, I’m the bassist, or drunk, or whatever”


    If you had a great or even a terrible St Paddy’s Day gig, let’s hear about it!
  2. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Didn't have a gig last night - but I have one tomorrow. Blues Brothers: the Next Generation will be playing in the Boston St. Pat's Parade. Biggest crowd we get to play for all year! I'll post pics as soon as I can after.

    Last year:
  3. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I would have played last night and would be playing tonight if I hadn’t tested positive for Covid on Thursday. :rage:
  4. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    That sucks, but it’s a good reason to cancel a gig! Hope your recovery is speedy.
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  5. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Thanks! The symptoms are really mild this time. I tested myself just to be sure (mainly because one of my bandmates is in a more at-risk age group) but was expecting the result to be negative.
  6. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    Had a fun gig...
    Weather was rough. Cold, overcast, and non-stop cold wind blowing at our backs.
    But, a fun gig. Hard not to have fun when the crowd is there to party. crowd.jpg
  7. Played our first gig at a downtown Sebring, Fl bar that was a gas station. It was the third gig as a trio as our 5 member band had a breakup in January. The drummer and one of the guitarist from that band are the trio. Me and the guitarist have been doing a duo since August with programmed drums, so bringing in the drummer quickly made it a trio. We were outside with perfect weather. some other musicians came by to check us out along with the guy who books the local VFW where we are at next Friday. We did one duo gig at the VFW and they wanted us back but were booked about 5 months out. So the guy hasn't seen us as a trio. He wants to book us more and we will be getting more bookings at the former gas station, which is just 2 doors down from the office of the newspaper that I work for. Classic Rock, singing Sultans of Swing in this video capture. 20230318_145135.jpg 20230318_145135.jpg 20230317_192806.jpg
  8. jimmydean


    Mar 14, 2009
    Top of the morning everyone , hope your gigs paid you lots of green . If you saw anyone around 3 feet tall last night , hope you followed them home and took their pot of gold have too !
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    congrats to all of you! :thumbsup: looks like a lot of st. paddy's parties were (or will be) a success! all of them look like much fun!
  10. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    We played The Heritage Lounge in Pickerington, last night! Small venue for a 5 piece, but we (and the sound/light tech made it happen; I went direct, as there was little room for my cabs... sounded great, too!)... placed was packed, too. Typical payday for a 3 hour gig, tips were okay (see small venue; couldn't find a decent spot for Mr. Beer)... great feedback from several patrons, so hopefully some new fans/followers!

    Rock on, breauxs and sisters!

  11. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    Here are a few more pics from ours.
  12. jdaunt

    jdaunt Supporting Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Didn't play, but went and watched a friend's new band last night, which was fun.
  13. ac100X


    Apr 6, 2003
    The bass players color is off, the hat doesn't match the bass, exactly.
    He should be playing one of these -

    Attached Files:

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  14. jimmydean


    Mar 14, 2009
    The sub played for me last night . I hear he went home with some strange woman wearing a green dress , big hat and glasses ....and he got paid lots of green last night .
  15. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Hopefully, just once.
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  16. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
  17. Michael Stanley 2112

    Michael Stanley 2112 Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    Even when I was still gigging, St. Patrick's Day was a gig I tried to avoid. I've never seen one that wasn't an "amateur night" and invariably, someone comes up on stage and occasionally causes havoc (pun intended for the band posted here by that name).

    Back in our salad days, I was a raging drinker, determined to join the 27 club early. We did a SPD gig and I had decided earlier that week that whiskey was the reason I was such a mean drunk.

    So, what is a young, Irish, wanna-be "rock star" with a massive drinking problem to do?

    I drank green beer (with bitters) and tequila shots all night. While I'm sure I couldn't have been the only one drinking tequila, I'm just as sure there couldn't have been too many of us. I ate two worms, that night.

    Apparently, it did not affect my performance (the owner booked us right then and there for the next SPD bash and the barmaid called me back, a couple of days later), but it cost us two very expensive instrument cables ($50 each) which got chopped in half, by the drummer's cymbal, a broken/chipped Zildjian 18" ride, and the speaker in the monitor the cymbal fell into off of the bounce.

    All of this caused by a drunken idiot who "just wanted to check out the bass" while we were on break.
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  18. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    Cool - with the exception of our singer, we are definitely amateurs, meaning we do it for love, not for money. The rest of us all have jobs and other careers, so I don’t mind “amateurs” performing music, I mean the Stones don’t exactly need the money and they’re still at it. Drinking my face off at a gig is however not something I’ve ever done, so maybe that’s why I never made it past amateur.

    We did have a tall long haired biker dude who looked to be in his early sixties but possibly late 40s with permanent “screw you” face who was at the bar when we showed up at 4:30 for setup and stayed at the bar until about 9:30 when he left glaring at us and making a thumbs down gesture, so maybe he was a professional who just happened to not have a gig last night. Other than him, everyone else had a blast, and the bar made a lot of money.
  19. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

  20. Michael Stanley 2112

    Michael Stanley 2112 Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    I meant no offense. My reference to "amateurs" was in regards to drinkers.