Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jimbob, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. jimbob

    jimbob Guest

    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    Sorry to sound like I am bragging but I am very proud of this...
    I was just now going over the Calendar for my band. The Calendar on our Website is missing a few dates from the Spring (last minute calls, private events, etc..) but the Riff-Raff Band will have performed almost 80 shows come New Years Eve for 2005!

    It got me to thinking, how many live gigs did you play this year?
  2. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Great news for you and your band!

    How many gigs did I want this year? About 20-30. How many will I have by the end of the year? 9- 10, and that includes pick up gigs. Yeah, that sucks, but the band I'm in took a much needed 8 month break between gigs. We restructured the band about 3 months ago and are stronger than ever. Now let's see how many we get in '06!
  3. buzzbass


    Apr 23, 2003
    Tenn. & NJ
    35, not bad for "just having fun". :)
  4. Not enough...I could count them on 1 hand (sh**e innit? - Mind you what with one band splitting coz the singer moved to manchester, the other bands drummer going back to italy,us having to train up a new drummer, the singer being in cyprus on Elvis gigs since april/may...he's back for a few months now though - we're gonna see if we can do a couple before he goes back)

    Do you lot reckon I should think about finding another band? - just it does kind of make you think of giving up if the 3 original bands you tried out for all found someone else...the thing that bugs me is (I'm not trying to blow my own trumpet) I can probably play the PISS EASY/BORING basslines they wanted me to (and a lot more) probably 10 times better than the guys they chose instead - kind of drains all the life out of you if you've only got a cover band having fun rather than a serious/GOOD original band ya know?
  5. jimbob

    jimbob Guest

    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    They probably saw that you had more talent than their originals required and figured you would get bored with their program. They also could have had to correct the bass players that came after you so perhaps they figured they could boss them around easier than they could you....call it band egos or whatever. Probably would benefit you to grab the Original Gig with the most/more Challenging Bass Lines and see what happens.

    In my late teens-mid-twenties I did the Originals Gig and played in front of Nobody for so long that I got depressed. Now that I have a family, the Cover gig works out well. My priorities are different now.
  6. Peter Squire

    Peter Squire Guest

    Aug 22, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    About 20. we all have jobs, and our drummer is also studying at the moment, so it wasn't a huge year for us.

    we have all agreed to up the workload for 2006.
  7. FreeSpirit

    FreeSpirit Guest

    Jul 12, 2004
    Brampton, Ontario
    Three. Subbing in.
  8. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    3 with my newest band (includes a 1st place in a battle of the bands competition:cool: ) and 9 with my school band earlier in the year (includes a Montreal JazzFest gig:cool: ). This is my first year of real serious gigging.
  9. Tingly

    Tingly Guest

    Jul 16, 2005
    Yonkers, NY
    Yeah, only 3. So, you win.

    About that very original name-

    Is that the Riff-Raff Band from Saskatoon? Or the one from Maryland? Or Perth, Australia? Is it the other Australian Riff-Raff Band, from Sydney? Or is that the Riff-Raff Band that calls itself "Southern California's hot acoustic swing quintet"? No? It's the one from British Columbia, right? The one from Boulder, Colorado? Santa Cruz? London, England?

    You should, like, add a letter or something, or a number, to like, distinguish yourselves, no?

    Yeah, I'm jealous.
  10. jimbob

    jimbob Guest

    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    Tingly Don't forget the Freak/Zombie from Rocky Horror.

    We are the band that spells the front end of the name backwards...check our site. That's our differentiation. We have that written that way on all our promo (trailer, cars, shirts, hats etc..). My drummer's idea.