Who’s gigging?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by tb-player, Jun 10, 2021 at 11:08 AM.

  1. Sorry… still too soon for me to gig

  2. Not at all, but I want to get out there

  3. Less than I gigged pre-covid

  4. About the same as my pre-covid days

  5. More than ever

  6. My carrot intake is better than ever

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  1. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    With the whole Covid-19 thing, we all felt the pain of not being able to gig. Now that things are opening up, I’m curious who’s playing out?

    During the pandemic, I committed to updating certifications in my business. That means lots of study for me, over the next couple of years. As a result, I’ve had to turn down some pretty fun gigs. I’m still playing with the guys/gals I played with pre-covid. But I’m not taking on anything new, unless it’s studio work.

    Who else is gigging? More than pre-covid? Less? About the same? Or are you even wanting to gig?
  2. Liko


    Mar 30, 2007
    I'm gonna say "more than ever". But I'm a special case in that, for over 15 years, I'd basically gotten my fill of playing through P&W groups, the most recent being a four-man acoustic ensemble organically assembled for the middle service on Sundays. I can't really call those "gigs", it's really just a different style of worship music, which I've been involved in since I was eight.

    As of February 2020, that came to a very sudden end alongside in-person worship, and still hasn't really come back despite in-person worship finally coming back. So, when my wife relayed a NextDoor post asking for a bass player early last summer, I jumped. That got me my first real bar gig, though in the interest of supporting the 12-year-old lead singer (not to mention keeping the lights on in the various places we played) I wasn't getting paid for it. Still fun.

    That band ultimately fell apart when the lead singer chose volleyball over singing and guitar (short-sighted career move IMO, but what do I know), but not before we warmed up for another teenage girl who is a lot more focused on music as a career, and whose drummer/manager just so happened to be looking for a bassist willing to split the take instead of insisting on a minimum for the night. Given that my cut would still be > $0, I jumped again. I'm not exactly quitting my day job here (I make more in two weeks sitting at a desk than I've made on-stage in 2021) but it's fun and does make me some money.

    So, COVID's actually given me the opportunity and motivation to actually play actual gigs for the first time in my life, providing an outlet for midlife-crisis-type impulses, not to mention at least starting to justify the cost of the equipment I've been accumulating over two decades.
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  3. Goatrope


    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Our dry spell was April-Sept, where we only had a few gigs. Thats when things were closing, reopening, and closing again for us.

    Since October we’ve been 5-7 per month, which is a bit below where we were pre-COVID.

    It’s looking like we’ll be a bit busier the second half of this year, though.
  4. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    I put about the same but things were really just ramping up to be a busy year for me when Covid hit. I joined a new band this year, lost one, but the new bandleader is putting shows on the books so we're off to the races again.
  5. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    This is interesting and one of the reasons I ask this question. I’ve definitely had more opportunities to play over the last couple of months. I just choose not to. Seems like, for some, the pandemic is creating opportunities as live music returns.
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  6. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    I got shows and a tour coming up.
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  7. Wanker_Joe


    Sep 26, 2017
    I'd love to get back to it! But my band broke up over the pandemic :(
    (It wasn't the pandemic that caused it though - just the way the timing lined up).
    Oh well.
  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    I think I had maybe three or four gigs over the past year, a big slowdown. Things are picking up now, not full steam but getting there. I have a party gig this weekend, a biker gig next week, and so far a couple gigs each in July and August.
  9. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
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  10. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    We're getting busier every week.
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  11. I've been gigging since last fall. Casinos only, at first, duo or trio gigs, now, full band jobs. I'm old, and stayed pretty vigilant on trying to be safe. So how is playing in a casino safe? Well, raised stages, 20 feet above the crowd. Green rooms for the performers. I literally only had to have contact with about 3 people playing these jobs. Security when I checked in, the soundtech while setting up, and finally a cashier to collect and cash our checks. The players pretty much just stayed in our green rooms through breaks. I have friends that played bars throughout the pandemic, and some who got sick doing it. For me, there was no way I was willing to play those jobs. Hoping things continue to improve, and thankful for the jobs I have.
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  12. Garagiste


    Feb 16, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    3 gigs in the next month. More coming.
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  13. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    It's been 15 1/2 months since the last gig. Things are finally starting to open up here and we have three gigs over the next eight weeks. Our normal pace is two to three a month so we're getting close to pre-level. I expect to see more dates pop up as the summer rolls on.
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  14. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Gold Supporting Member

    So far this year I've done 22 gigs... was averaging 4 to 5 a week pre COVID.
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  15. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005
    Before the pandemic, we were gigging about 4 times per month. Now, that things are starting to gin back up, we have fewer bookings, but we are making more... it's not as many gigs, but on upside it's a bit more efficient.

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2021 at 5:25 PM
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  16. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    In 2019 I played 23 gigs.
    In 2020 I played one gig (outdoors to boats).
    In 2021, no gigs yet. Things opening up fully will entirely depend on the vaccination rates and subsequent positive Covid-19 infection rates and hospitalizations. I anticipate that the best case scenario will have things back to somewhat normal around fall.
  17. Afc70

    Afc70 Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Northeast Arkansas
    I played one show in April, have one at the end of June,
    3 booked in July- 1 in august, 7 shows booked in September, so I voted “ more than ever”. And the gigs slowly continue to keep coming in.
    Edit: most of these are outdoor festivals, which are lots of fun usually.
  18. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Just booked a June wedding.
    Every weekend in July (so far).
    2020 was zero.
  19. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I retired from regular gigging in 2017 and IIRC the last sub calls I took were a year or two later. Don’t miss it a bit yet in all honesty. I do miss my regular weekly jams though.
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  20. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I went into the pandemic playing 1 gig every weekend (except when on vacation. I’m currently back at that level again. During the pandemic, I played more - as gigs (I do church gigs) were virtual, I could (and did a fair amount) literally play multiple churches on a given Sunday morning.
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