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Why Play Bad Venues?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by GK Growl, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    Extremely smoky bar, the worst one we play. We have more volume restrictions here than any other place we play (I mean stupid quiet for a rock band, the drummer should be using brushes probably), and the drunkest bar in town where there is always a fight and just too much of everything. Why do I do this again? If your thinking pay, yeah, it's about the same as some of the better places we play. I just always dread this one.
  2. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi GK Growl :)

    See it positive!

    It' s for the money, that buys you a louder amp,
    that you can not use next time... :wacky:

    So, at least it' s for a good cause! :roflmao:

  3. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    Is it really that bad? Be glad you have a gig at all.
    Engle, Tony In Philly, five7 and 4 others like this.
  4. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    It is dreadful.
    Herrick and Moosehead1966 like this.
  5. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    I feel your pain. Only thing that gets me through gigs like this (with exception of smoke - it's been over a decade since that was an issue here) is having a good crowd of partiers. Nothing like having a crap gig like that and playing to an empty house.
  6. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    The way I look at it, it could be worse. It could be me.
  7. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Anyone out playing regularly has ne or two of these places. Not always for the reasons n the OP
  8. Why do you do it?? Because you're the BASS PLAYER! in a band- that gets gigs; sometimes in places that suck! Welcome to the world of professional music. Look at it this way- I'm certain that almost EVERY player at the highest level-studio players, world-touring sidemen, Rawk stars, etc- They've all played horrible dives. It's part of the process!
    I HATE cigarette smoke; its outlawed most places but not in Las Vegas.There are also rooms here that monitor the sound level strictly; but not so bad at most places. Any fights that break out last about 2 minutes before Security steps in, so no worries there.

    My advice: Relax, have a beer or two, and enjoy the scenery as much as possible. There prolly will be better gigs along the way, so, you'll have stories to tell about the good 'ole, bad 'ole days- I sure do!:cool:
    BrentSimons likes this.
  9. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Ya got a beater bass for the gig? Since its a miniature, you can just play short songs also...a bonus!

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  10. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    I wish I had a gig. I'd take a quiet, smokey bar.
  11. Korladis

    Korladis Banned Supporting Member

    So stop playing there.
  12. There's really only two reasons to keep doing that gig.....
    1. You really need the money
    2. Your bandmates want the gig and you'll have to quit if you don't do the gig with them.

    If both 1 and 2 don't apply to you...... stop doing the gig!
  13. Zant


    Jan 1, 2017
    That's just part of the game,make the most of it
  14. bluesfordan


    Sep 3, 2009
    where the hell do people still get to smoke these days?
    Engle, Smooth_bass88, petch and 2 others like this.
  15. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Going to play a smoking allowed, relatively quiet gig myself this evening. But...

    1. I haven't gigged all that much lately.
    2. It's decent pay.
    3. What else am I gonna do on a Friday eve? Veg out and watch Netflix?

    So away I go.
    five7, ELynx and Spidey2112 like this.
  16. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Bring a portable fan and your beater bass.
    EatS1stBassist likes this.
  17. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    Thanks for the comments both pro and con. All my basses are beaters and they get gigged at festivals, larger clubs, bars, and whatever you wanna call this place tonight. I'm a little surprised that there seems to be concern about the expense or type of bass when playing gigs like this. Seems weird. Are we gonna bring a beater amp and cab too?
    birminghambass likes this.
  18. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    Yeah, your hair would certainly soak up a ton of cigarette smoke! About as much as my beard.
  19. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Unincorporated areas of Harris County - Houston 'burbs.
  20. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Havent played in a smoky bar for years - CO state law did away with that. Played an outdoor patio last night, some peripheral smoke but no big deal. Hope that you get through it ok!

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