What do you wear (typically) to a gig?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by RichSnyder, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    No judgement zone, I'm just curious what people like to wear on stage.
  2. Last Rebel

    Last Rebel Lone Wolf - No Club Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Ontario Canada
    Never Shorts

    But always a nice shirt of some sort
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  3. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    Depends on the gig. If I'm playing with my country band...
    ...or if I'm playing with my new wave cover band...
    ..or if it's a costume 60's gig...
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    ...but never shorts.

    **EDIT: Just located documentary evidence of me playing a gig...in shorts. Not 'cargo' shorts, but...shorts.
    In my defense, it was NYC in the blazing summer of 1987 and I was young and fit!
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  4. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I guess I should go too. Outdoors, if it's hot and sunny, some kind of decent looking shorts and whatever is appropriate shirt. Indoors, usually something like jeans, my fave distressed Redwing boots (yes, relic'd boots, that's for another thread) and then some kind of appropriate for the gig shirt - maybe a black T, maybe some kind of plaid shirt if more Americana, maybe a paisley style shirt if a generic gig. Never a bowling shirt. I should probably pick up a mechanic type shirt because that's fairly versatile. If I did jazz, I'd dress up a bit more. No Hawaiian shirts, and I've ditched most of my cargo shorts anyways.
  5. Jeans, t-shirt or for more formal, a polo shirt. Music logos help.
  6. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
  7. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Suspended Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Black jeans and a Nice Shirt.
    ...unless I'm at an open mic, then I wear my colors.:D
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  8. AlexBassMP


    Feb 5, 2014
    Usually grey or black skinny jeans , boots , black shirt and a black or brown leather jacket

    Never shorts,hats,baseball caps,sleeveless shirts or top less..and never under any circumstance, sunglasses in a indoor gig...

    edit : sunglasses at indoor gigs is liek wearing shorts :D
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  9. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Jazz-Funk - all black - boots, chimps and button-up long sleeve cotton shirt.
    Alt-pop - jeans, rock or jazz T and open seasonsl print shirt worn like a jacket.
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Jeans and a t shirt.
  11. Suit. Always suit.
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  12. I try to dress a little nicer than the venue calls for, so when possible, a nice pair of jeans, T-shirt and blazer/sport coat. If it's too hot for that, then jeans or higher-tech slacks with a collared shirt. Shoes are dress shoes, motorcycle boots or nice sneakers. No shorts, no Hawaiian shirts, no jogging shoes and no Crocs. Ever. But then again, I don't play aggressive genres where shorts are part of 'the look'.

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  13. A short dress or a long tunic with leggings, usually. Stockings or tights sometimes. Nice shoes but not heels, I can't even walk in heels, much less dance around a stage with 9 lbs of dead weight around my neck in them.
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  14. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    ah but the cargo shorts thing wasn't "in" until the 1990's, so you were ahead of your time!
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  15. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    I formed my onstage mojo in the late 90's, and was heavily into Paul Simon then. To this day, I tend towards a jacket and jeans, and often a (real) fedora. Building off that, I am also influenced by David Bowie, which takes the mode of dress up a notch or 3.
    I like to have a decent shirt on, and shoes. I wear pants, sometimes a skirt/sarong if it's at a crazy enough festival that men in skirts does not bat an eye. If it's a rock/punk sort of thing I might tend more towards a woman's tshirt. They are a lot lighter fabric, you know.
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  16. mexicant


    Aug 28, 2012
    Mid Michigan,USA
    I make it a point to try to dress nice,no shorts no matter how hot it is. Usually a nice shirt or Polo or a suit coat for nicer places. Here's a shot from my Friday show,it was 93 and muggy! FB_IMG_1562506909489-2.jpg
  17. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    T-shirt, usually says something, a suit jacket, either jeans or black khakis and comfortable shoes.

    The jacket is left unbuttoned.

    If real hot and I know its too hot for a jacket......the t-shirt becomes a dress shirt with a collar, open.
  18. A guitarist I worked with in the 80's used to wear a jacket over a T-shirt like that. His favorite T-shirt was one that said "Yesshows" but when he put the jacket on you could only see the letters "ssho." The obvious joke was that it actually said something that I can't post here on TB.
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  19. Chango Malo

    Chango Malo

    Apr 8, 2017
    I usually wear a kilt on stage. If it's hot, it'll be a linen shirt on top. If it's not that hot, I'll add an Argyll jacket.

  20. T Bassman

    T Bassman

    Dec 13, 2010
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