Whaddaya do when the gig is going really great?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by mike57, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    I mean incredibly great!

    The band is sizzling, the dance floor is full. And you've been playing an hour+ (actually 90 minutes when I first checked).

    Do you stop and take a break, or ride the energy and keep it going?

    We played a wedding last night and went with the 'keep it going' option. Played another 60+ minutes and wrapped it up. Crowd loved us. They. Never. Stopped. Dancing.

    I think if we had taken a break, it would have been hard to get the energy back up to where it was. Absolutely amazing show.
  2. I agree completely with that.

    Worst NYE gig I ever did was one where the BL was asked repeatedly to go with higher energy music early in the gig. He refused, saying, “I don’t want to burn the crowd out too early.”

    After the ball dropped, everyone left. We were told to stop playing and GTFO.

    Lesson learned.
  3. QweziRider

    QweziRider Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    That. Right there. Especially in the wedding scenario versus a bar gig. Keep 'em happy and dancing.
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Never let them off the dance floor. Don't stop to change guitars, don't stop to talk to the crowd. Just keep the energy and songs going. If they get burnt out, you still had a good night.
  5. Robscott


    Mar 20, 2017
    Tonbridge UK
    Keep it going! A couple of months ago we were playing a gig, we got to our last song - Ain't No Stopping Us Now - the crowd were up and dancing, they made us play it for about 15 minutes straight. Isn't that why we play bass?
  6. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    It is indeed!
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  7. bherman

    bherman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    yup, as long as it isn't Billie Jean (sound of hand falling off at the wrist)
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...back in the day, we doubled up on "Billie Jean" & "Into The Groove".
    About 7 minutes each.
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

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  10. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    Without doubt! Flap their pantlegs & make booties shake!
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  11. Ride the wave, my friend, ride the wave.....
  12. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011

    I used to do some corporate band work. The service was usually jazz trio followed by a short break; then dance music. On occasion we played through the break straight into the dance set and got into the same dilemma. Sometimes we would wind up playing for 2 1/2 hours non-stop.

    I totally get the idea of keeping the momentum going, but some consideration for the toll this takes on the human body is in order as well. After such a long set my elbow and fingers would go numb on my plucking side. At first I could play for about 90 minutes without a problems, but it steadily got worse, so the damage was apparently cumulative. I was in my late 30s at the time and my band sometimes played four or more 45 minute sets in day and I never had any problems.
  13. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Love it when that happens!
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I tend to keep it at right around 90 minutes in situations like that before I have to take a break. My bladder demands it. But I do know bands that make their bread and butter by doing 3 hour gigs with no break and their crowds do like it.
  15. Keep the music and energy going. Catheters and leg bags if necessary.
  16. Heyturnup


    Mar 28, 2016
    Keep going. Breaks have killed a number of gigs in my experiences.
  17. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    I weathered the long gig alright last night. Stayed well hydrated throughout the evening.
    But, jeez, this morning I felt like I had been hit by a truck.
  18. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    In my last bar band we only did 2 sets. The first set was the normal length and the second set runs until the end of the gig. It was kind of tough to do but that really worked for that particular crowd.
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  19. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    It depends on the gig. I would prefer to keep playing but some venues require that bands take a break.
  20. My secret weapon for long gigs is my Danelectro DC Bass.
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