What does GB stand for in reference to musicians looking for gigs?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Spirit of Ox, Nov 6, 2016.


  1. I always see this on Craigslist. GB guitarist looking for band, gigs. I can't find anything online about what this stands for. If anyone can answer, thanks in advance.
     
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Reno/Tahoe
    "Great Big"
     
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  3. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    General business. Corporate parties, private events, cocktail parties, that sort of thing.
     
  4. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    It's Germlish for "total sellout" ;) .
     
  5. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Gallien Brueger
     
  6. Goat Bearded.
     
  7. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    For reasons I don't know, the same gigs are referred to as "casual" gigs in the Midwest.

    The irony is that a "casual" gig is the only time when I ever wear a tuxedo.
     
  8. Dyslexic beginners. ''BG Guitarist seeks gigs''
     
  9. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    East Coast we call it GB, General Business as Ed Fuqua noted.
    On the West Coast it is refered to as Casuals.
     
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  10. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    I've heard "commercial band" used hereabouts but it was always GB up in central MA.
     
  11. ak56

    ak56 Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Carnation, Wa
    Got Bass?
     
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  13. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Chicago
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Guaranteed Boring
     
  14. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    Boston: General Business

    New York: Club Dates

    Philadelphia: the Outside

    Los Angeles: Casuals

    Come on, America! Whaddaya call playing those parties for the upper-middle and upper-class when they marry, bar-mitzviate, party in a corporate fashion, or whatever???

    Special bonus points if you've played a gig where every tune is a either a waltz or a lame two-step…("SOMEthing in the WAY she MOVES…")
     
  15. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Sure, those gigs can be boring, but they can be a lot of fun too. For one thing, the pay is often good enough to attract the best players. In any event, I think the trick to enjoying a casual gig is to make a game of playing it with absolutely the highest possible level of musicianship.
     
  16. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya

    Jan 13, 2008
    I'd assume Garage Band.
     
  17. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Chicago
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    fdeck,
    I would agree that it usually stands for Great Bread, as well.

    I was just making a (albeit little) joke.
     
  18. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
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    As a trombonist, after years on the road, I settled in for 18 months with an "Outside" band in Philadelphia so as to make some money while finally finishing my BA degree. That was almost 35 years ago, but to this day I'm still in touch with some of the folks I played with in this band - a very accomplished group of jazz and commercial players - we knew that we were playing for jiveballs, but we made good money and enjoyed the comradeship of bringing our A-game so we could enjoy playing with each other at a high level. The dance shtick stuff was what it was, but there was some marvelous ballad and bossa-nova playing during the quieter stretches of each gig, and we enjoyed pushing each other within that context.
     
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    (Yes please!) ;)
     
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