Strange Gig

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Esquillama, May 13, 2005.

  1. Well, I've had some strange ones in the past, but today's gig
    was a little different.

    We played from 11AM to 3PM at a local college for their
    "Senior Send-off". They rolled in the portable bar w/2 kegs
    at about 11:30, and set up the inflatable play equipment earlier.
    (the kind of stuff you usually see little kids jumping around in)

    Also, they brought in extra large tricycles. There was catered
    food, and they gave away lots of prizes(an ipod, and a flat-
    screen TV among them). At first there was nobody around,
    so we practiced some older material for an upcoming show.
    Then when the people started showing up we did the regular

    We were almost completely ignored. It was a strange experience.
    We were playing in the college gym, and people were riding
    big trikes, bouncing in these inflatable tents, and drinking beer
    and it was only about 1:00 in the afternoon. We got to eat,
    got a day off of our day jobs, and $280 bucks apiece.
    It was actually not that bad, it was just...strange.

    Anyway, I wanted to share. I'm sure plenty of you have had
    strange gigs as well.
  2. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Beer, bouncing and trikes? That's some pretty wild senior citizens you played for!

    I know, I know, couldn't resist... but in all seriousness this will prepare you for playing jazz gigs in fancy restaraunts (or however that's spelled). There you're just background music.
  3. matrok


    Jan 10, 2005
    Ferndale, Michigan
    Back in '90 we were doing the club circuit in western Canada. Did 4 or 5 nights in Slave Lake Alberta. Although there were a decent number of people in the club, they were dead silent. We were playing stuff like R.E.M. , Cure, U2, Cult, Chili Peppers, but that was apparently not what they wanted. We were told we could pack up early on Saturday night. :rolleyes:
  4. Esquil- my band did something almost identical about 3 weeks ago in Buffalo, only outdoors. Lots of people, lots of food, nobody listening to the band.
  5. I've done plenty of the "musical wallpaper" gigs. I have one
    coming up soon, sax, bass, and guitar. Jazz for two hours while
    everyone eats, talks, and is mildly aware that there is some
    sort of music happening. I don't mind it at all in that type
    of situation. But when you're a "show band" and you go to
    the trouble of wearing several changes of clothing, complete
    with sequined jackets and such, it's strange to be ignored.

    I'm not at all angry or put off by it. The pay is the same
    wether they are into it or not. I just enjoy playing. We always
    have a good time ourselves onstage, so not to worry.
  6. konfishily


    Jan 24, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    It wasnt your fault dude, the sound people didn't know what they were doing
  7. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    I've found the few times in which I performed at churches to be a strange experience. It's wierd to play a song and not get any type of reaction to the crowd, yet they're staring straight at you.

    When doing club gigs though, I usually don't expect any reaction from the crowd until the end of the first set or beginning of the second. Alcohol has a weird way of opening people up. People that would never dance any other time will dance then.
  8. DaBassman


    Mar 25, 2002
    Oneonta, NY
    We play country rock once in awhile at a Veteran's Home.
    Start at 6, done at 7:15 when they start putting them to bed.
    Kinda wierd,alot of wheel chairs, pretty much silent at the end of each song........... but they love it....and so do we! :bassist: that's what music is all about!
  9. golden_boy


    Dec 27, 2004
    LOL best thing Ive read on here ever :D
  10. daofktr

    daofktr irritating, yet surly

    Feb 15, 2005
    aurora, IN
    hey, dabass....that is so sweet. :bawl: :p
    i'd jam with you, anytime.
  11. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    We had a similar experience last year at the local University. Chatting with a few of them as we packed it, it seems most of them had to return to classes afterwards and so were reluctant to let their hair down. I guess they were affraid they weren't going to be ablew to get back into study-mode.
  12. Played a very strange private party about a year ago, where everyone was stoned and lounging around while we were rocking.

    We got a bit panicky that we weren't getting a response, so we played some mellow stuff - still no response. We played some Doors and some trippy Radiohead stuff - still nothing.

    At the end of our show, we were packing up and suddenly there was about 30 people crowding around us, telling us how awesome we were and how much we rocked :confused:
  13. basstard1


    Mar 12, 2005
    Wow I have like three of those jazz gigs in the next month. I'm scared. Hold me.
    By the way I'm writing this in an I.C.T lesson at school. Now THATS dedication.
  14. basstard1


    Mar 12, 2005
    Anyway, strangest gig: Playing at the drummers house in the front room. Lot's of profiterole induced babble from me between songs. S%$", here comes the teacher...