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We played the Senior Center!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by txbasschik, Mar 16, 2008.


  1. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    The people who run the Senior Activity Center next county over hired us to play their St. Pat's dance.

    The average age of the audience was 65.

    We needed to play a lot more country...they wanted 2-steps and walzes! If my voice had been up to snuff, they'd have had 'em, too. (I lost my voice...been real sick.)

    It was funny...harp man and I kept telling drummer and singer that these people wanna *dance*, and don't be too mellow. Turn down, but don't *slow* down!!!

    They didn't listen to us. They tried the mellow, acoustic thang.

    And those old people just *hated* that! They made faces!!!

    So...I told the singer...baby, just play the set. Turn down, but don't you slow the tempo none. They want to DANCE, so let's give 'em somethin' to DANCE to!!!

    Baby, those old folks rock!!! They did The Stroll, complete with hands up down the row. They jitterbugged. They did the 4-squares. They got in a circle and each did their individual, funky thang. They danced cheek-to-cheek during the slow blues.

    This one old Tejano dude got up and got FUNKY on our funk original. I mean, he was jammin', man!!! They loved every one of the originals best of all, and danced their booties off.

    Best dancin' crowd we ever played to, and best-paying gig we've had so far! And no alcohol...not a drop. They were runnin' on coffee.

    I declare...too funny!

    Cherie :bassist:
     
  2. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    What happens in The Pines, stays in The Pines.
     
  3. Jim Powers

    Jim Powers

    Mar 19, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Good for you! I did that back in high school, got our picture in the paper and all. At the time it was hard to reconcil the Hendrix style band in the Senior Center (actually I think it was an Assisted Living type place); wasn't a cool venue in my adolescent mind. But now I'm gradually coming to the conclusion that its time do it again, before I'm living there!:eek:.......:smug:
     
  4. Howlin' Hanson

    Howlin' Hanson Lighter cabs, please.

    Sep 3, 2007
    Austin TX
    But I bet you did NOT play Mustang Sally, right? ;)
     
  5. lefty

    lefty

    Sep 25, 2004
    we do jazz gigs for free in old folks homes and they love it!
     
  6. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    I think they'd have beat us up with their canes if we *didn't* play it!

    Man, that was their favorite. That's the tune they did the Stroll for.

    There were maybe 7 men...the remaining 30 were females. Man, and those guys were workin' hard! They had a lot of ladies to impress. LOL!

    Cherie :D
     
  7. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Well, it weren't a freebie. We didn't even know it was for seniors when we took the gig. The city hired us for a "private party". We had no idea at all until we got there. It was for some kind of activity thing the city does for the local old folks, and was in the hall the city rents for dances, etc.

    I do wish we'd have known ahead of time. We could have picked up a few country standards real quick...they'd have liked that a lot.

    Cherie :)
     
  8. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    If you were 20 in 1960 you'd be 73 today...right?


    Dam right you want your line dance and your soul music.


    I bet you would have killed with girl group classics. Or those tunes that Go to the dances like..... "It's Madison Time"


    Call them old....I call them Lucky, if you managed to avoid war thats the generation to be apart of.



    Aj
     
  9. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Right? They wanted soul, classic country, and blues jumps. They loved the old Southern rock, too. We cover "Hold On" by Sam & Dave, and they were crazy for it! Man, if I'd had my voice that night...I've worked up "Fire Of Love" and "The Real Nitty-Gritty" and Aretha Franklin's "I Love You" and "Do-Right Woman".

    I also know "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind", and "Rose Garden", and "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man, and "Jolene", and "Tonight The Heartache's On Me", which isn't old but is in the classic honky-tonk 2-step style.

    Next time...I'll be ready!

    Cherie ;):bassist:
     
  10. MarkMyWordsXx

    MarkMyWordsXx

    May 17, 2006


    thats a joke right? 1960-20-1940. 2008-1940=68.
     
  11. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    So I'm off by 5 years? Not surprised. My Bad.

    I hope I funnier than to that to use that as a Joke.....:bag:


    Jump Blues...Sure Louis Jordon was even in Movies!

    Patsy Cline...



    Aj
     
  12. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Those folks were in their 50's, 60's, and 70's, with most in their mid-60's.

    They'd have been in their late 20's, for the most part.

    We had this one old guy holler..."You call yourselves a rock band? Then do "Wild Thing"!"

    No one else in the band knew it but me. I managed to croak it out with my hoarse throat, and screamed some parts. They ate it up like kids eat candy, man. :hyper:

    Cherie :bassist:
     
  13. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Our singer did "Crazy", but she wouldn't let us play it with her, and she didn't do a very good job. She did it just her and her guitar, and didn't keep a tempo, which meant they couldn't dance to it. I can sing it better...but I'm not allowed to. Whaaaaatever. I know plenty of other Patsy tunes.

    Every jumpin' blues tune was a big hit. They were jitterbuggin' everywhere!

    Cherie :bassist:
     
  14. People here need to remember that "old people" nowadays (meaning over 60) were roughly college age when the Beatles started to break into America, and remember the heyday of 1950s rock & roll before that. For the most part, they don't want to hear old folk and swing standards...they want oldies rock & roll!
     
  15. eotpr

    eotpr

    Jun 25, 2007
    Woa easy there. I am in my 50's and still rock hard. I ain't ready for no old folks home or a walker yet. :bassist:
     
  16. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Our lead singer is 75 years old, Im 62 and lead guitar is 61 .. we play at senior centers just for the food and the applause. We make so many mistakes they cant hear them.
    They think were great and pass the hat.
    These people are 70 to 90 years old ... we play "A white sport coat and a pink carnation" for them and they stay seated until we play "Johnny B Good" or some fast two step country number. remember the 60's are the new 40's.
     
  17. I'm 57, our drummer is 60 and the youngest one in the band is probably 52. You're DAMN right that people in their 50's, 60's and up like music that moves the body and the feet. There was PLENTY of hard-driving music around when today's seniors were young.

    I'm not a bit surprised about the gig - and I'm sure it was a great time.
     
  18. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Wellll, the flyer said "only age 50 and over admitted". Not very many 50-somethings, though. Mostly 60 and 70-somethings.

    They sure did rock! No walkers were in evidence. There was one man in a wheelchair, but he got out on the floor with his wife, too. She took his hand, and he'd twirl her, then spin in his wheelchair. Pretty cool...the guy had moves, man!

    Cherie :bassist:
     
  19. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Yeah, our group liked the old rock tunes a lot, too. There were die-hard country fans, but most of the crowd were people who'd been in their 20's back in the early 1960's, and wanted to rockRockROCK!

    Cherie :)
     
  20. txbasschik

    txbasschik

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    I tell you what, I love nothing more than a crowd that will really get up and dance. So many younger people seem so...inhibited. The women dance, and the men stand around watching until a couple of brave guys venture onto the floor.

    But not these older folks. They *all* danced! All of them that could dance, anyway. They weren't worried about looking cool...just having fun. I said into the mic, "Y'all ROCK! I wish we could take you all to every gig, so you could show the kids how this is done!"

    Cherie :hyper:
     

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