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Subbing in at Casino Pauma gig

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Thanks to a mutual friend I got a call to play a little casino gig with the Nitro Express band at Casino Pauma in the Red Parrot lounge this past Friday night.

    It's a small casino in North San Diego county on an reservation.


    It wasn't a "band behind the bar" gig but we were right next to the bar in the lounge.


    It was a good thing I brought a big 4-wheel cart because the load in, while not hard, was a long carry.


    When I arrived, Spike was working on his tube amp and Patrick was putting the finishing touches on his Made In USA Gretsch kit.


    Spike had an old Fender tube head and an old Legend speaker cabinet that sounded cool. He also used a Vocalist Live 3 harmonizer on his mic. He didn't overuse it so it worked really well. I added another vocal part so it sounded like three part harmony even though only two of us were singing. :p

    This is Jim, the BL who hired me, sight unheard, on the recommendation of a mutual friend. He played a Fender Prosonic with his B-bender.


    This is Patrick, a steady, solid drummer but not flashy. He sang pretty well too.


    This is Spike. He played and sang well too. All of them were accomplished, seasoned players, even though they might not look it. :smug:


    And then there's this guy...


    Here's the view from my mic. We had a few people up dancing a little later in the night. These little casinos are always hit-and-miss.


    When the band was on break the guys would take off their hats and jackets and just hang them over their guitars or mic stands. I guess they don't go in for the "clean stage" look. It was a pretty laid back gig.


    We got a voucher to eat in the cafe at our 10:00pm break. The omlette was really good.


    Here are a couple of shots of the band in the stage "area". There was not a raised stage.


    Yes, they do the band uniform thing too. The jackets are actually pretty cool looking. But you can't find them any more. That makes this band look unique, I guess. ;)


    At least I didn't have to wear a hat, this time. :cool:

    The gig was pretty cushy. We started at 8:00pm, played two short sets, then a regular set, then ate, and then one long set and called it a night at 1:00am. I spent more time driving, setting up, and tearing down than I did playing. That's usually the way it goes.

    I had never met any of these guys before but we had more than enough songs in common to get through the night. All the patrons, a couple of them were musicians, were very complimentary. When I told them this was the first time I had ever played with this band they were impressed. I thought we pulled it off rather well.

    These guys are a country/rock band, Eagles, ZZ Top, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, etc. They had a nice mix of material. I'll be subbing in with a classic rock band next Friday at a sports bar just a couple miles from my house. I'll be home a lot earlier next Friday night. :p

    Thanks for looking. Let's see some of your gigs! Break a leg!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  2. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Always the consummate pro, and having fun while you are at it. It don't get much better than that.

    SoCal is lucky to have you Mr. Cliff, as is the TB community.
  3. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Great fun, BassCliff! I enjoy your posts, in depth descriptions and photos!

    Nice jacket, too!! I'm guessing the band has a spare for when someone sub's?

    Happy New Year!
  4. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Good gig when you get fed.
    Subbing isn't easy but I find it's a lot of fun and keeps you
    on your toes.

    Thanks for sharing.
  5. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Indeed! We had no rehearsal. You have to go into a gig like this with your big ears wide open. They did songs I'd never played before, but had heard before, so I just had to listen for the changes and look at their left hands to get some cues. I coached them through some of my songs with Nashville number hand signals. smiley-dance013.

    I think the BL has 5 of these jackets. It was a good thing the other bass player is not a little guy.

    Awww, shucks. Yes, I'm just trying to have my fun and make a little mad money. I appreciate your kind words. rolleyes.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Did they ever build a roof over that place or is it still a giant tent?
  7. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I have a fuzzy recollection of playing a little casino out this way many years ago that was not much more than a quanset hut. But this place was a nice "brick-and-morter" building that looked fairly new, only a few years old. They did have a large tent on the grounds. It looked like it was used for special events because it had a stage, lighting, etc.

    It's actually a pretty good gig. :bassist:

    Thank you for your indulgence,