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  • #16






    Quote Originally Posted by Potts
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    It hasn't rained in months. I played a private party for a huge group of friends last night and it was a disaster. It was cloudy all day and I thought we'd end up inside. The homeowner had really nice tents everywhere so I wasn't worried. I set up and of course it started raining pretty hard. The wind picked up and the rain was encroaching on me a little bit; no worries he had sides for it so I was takin care of.



    I played for two hours and it started coming down hard. I realized somehow I was getting wet. I looked down and saw a few drops of water on my IPad and realized the tent was leaking. No big deal- I was just going to pack up and play a few acoustic songs in the house once the truck was loaded. Well of course there was no end in sight with the rain and I had to make the trip from the backyard to the truck and everything got soaked. I'm not paranoid about the Bose **************** because it's durable and I've gotten it wet before, but needless to say I wasn't thrilled about it.



    The biggest thing that pissed me off was the reaction from my drunk "friends". I came back to the party completely soaked from head to toe and I was getting the drunk, "you're done already?" At first it didn't bother me but after about two minutes of saying my goodbyes I started getting pissed. I didn't say anything but really???? I'm sitting here like a wet dog, my gear is soaked and you want me to sit down with my $1500 guitar and start playing for you??? Ugh! Anyway the homeowners were cool as hell and tipped me an extra $50.



    /rant




    I was booked to play a festival at a catholic School, the contract said rain location, school gym. It was spitting rain, and i was using my backing tracks so I asked the principle where she wanted me, so she said set up the gym cause it might rain pretty hard, so I did. just as I was getting ready to start a priest came up to me and said i was supposed to be outside and I had to move. I asked him what if it rains on my stuff? who will be responsible if my equipment was damaged? He said he wasn't responsible for what God does. I said God isn't the one telling me to move out side. He stormed off and said, just move. So as I was setting back up outside it started pouring down. So I put my stuff back in my trailer, and here come the priest instructing me to set back up inside. I told him to go **************** himself and left. About 3 days later i got the check in the mail from the agency for the job.

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    • #17






      Quote Originally Posted by moogerfooger
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      I was booked to play a festival at a catholic School, the contract said rain location, school gym. It was spitting rain, and i was using my backing tracks so I asked the principle where she wanted me, so she said set up the gym cause it might rain pretty hard, so I did. just as I was getting ready to start a priest came up to me and said i was supposed to be outside and I had to move. I asked him what if it rains on my stuff? who will be responsible if my equipment was damaged? He said he wasn't responsible for what God does. I said God isn't the one telling me to move out side. He stormed off and said, just move. So as I was setting back up outside it started pouring down. So I put my stuff back in my trailer, and here come the priest instructing me to set back up inside. I told him to go **************** himself and left. About 3 days later i got the check in the mail from the agency for the job.




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      • #18
        I have the IPad with about 50% of the words avail...but even then they're pretty much "half assed" lyrics. I'm going to give this a little thought though. Maybe I could book it on a mon/tues.











        Quote Originally Posted by nchangin
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        Very cool! Karaoke pro here, you do have one advantage you didn't have the words up on screen, the issue with the words on the screen is that they think EVERY song you play through the speakers has the word on the screen which is false, only the Kar tracks have words with them so i constantly have to make announcements that no you cannot sing to any song you want and no I do not have words on the screen for all the songs on the radio and I never will, if it's not in that handy dandy book I do not and will not have the words EVER. Repeat every hour until gig over



        Live band Karaoke I think is a great thing but hard to find around these neck of the woods. They have it 1.5 hours a way but normally on weekdays and it's just too far to drive.



        Maybe you could offer it more as a one man show and get the words on a screen?




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        • #19
          +1











          Quote Originally Posted by moogerfooger
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          I was booked to play a festival at a catholic School, the contract said rain location, school gym. It was spitting rain, and i was using my backing tracks so I asked the principle where she wanted me, so she said set up the gym cause it might rain pretty hard, so I did. just as I was getting ready to start a priest came up to me and said i was supposed to be outside and I had to move. I asked him what if it rains on my stuff? who will be responsible if my equipment was damaged? He said he wasn't responsible for what God does. I said God isn't the one telling me to move out side. He stormed off and said, just move. So as I was setting back up outside it started pouring down. So I put my stuff back in my trailer, and here come the priest instructing me to set back up inside. I told him to go **************** himself and left. About 3 days later i got the check in the mail from the agency for the job.




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          • #20
            The very end explains why tonight's gig was notable...It was like that the entire 3 hours- I just kept laughing. :-)






            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IHYQmlXJ48

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            • #21






              Quote Originally Posted by Potts
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              +1




              That sucks. If you have phone with the net , you could have just brought up a live radar and said, its going to rain. We had an outdoor market day show where we sat up , and played one song and struck the stage and loaded back into the trucks. They block off a street and put a band at each end of the block. The other band had pickups with blue tarps. I hope they didnt lose any gear. I was looking forward to hearing them, I know one of the guys but never heard his band.
              "you mess with him and you mess with the whole trailer park"

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              • #22
                This was last Sunday...



                Today, being the last Sunday of the month, I was at one of my "regular" nursing home gigs (been doing this one for about 7 years), and the Activity Director called me this morning to let me know that he'd be out and might not return before I finished, but that his new assistant would have my check...no problem.



                I get there, set up my Limo 50, mic and stand and am getting tuned up when his new assistant came in...first thing she demanded was top see a list of the songs I'd planned to do...I explained that, asa a general rule, I let the folks request songs, as, after 7 years, most of the long-time residents had particular tunes they'd like to hear...no (she said), that just won't due because these old folks were too old and senile to know what was good for them!



                I pointed out that most of these folks were still sharp as a tack, and, besides, who are we to tell folks that have been on this earth 4X longer that she has (and almost 2X longer than I have) what they may or may not hear, and, besides, I only do "family friendly" tunes at these gigs?



                She then explained that if "Jesus were to call them home in the middle of an inappropriate song, what would He think?"...



                By this time I was wondering just where the AD found this assistant, and if she came with restraints, but we discussed tunes that weren't likely to send anyone to the Fiery Pit (Rambling Rose, Georgia On My Mind, Ain't Misbehavin', and Chattanooga Choo-choo just barely passed approval! ) and I finally got to start the show...15 minutes late.



                Things went smoothly until one old gentleman called out for "Whiskey Before Breakfast"...as I started flatpicking the melody, I looked over at her and she agitatedly giving me the "cut throat" gesture, but I proceeded to play and sing it...when I get to the chorus



                "Saints preserve us

                Lord protect us,

                We been drinkin' whiskey 'fore breakfast!"



                the entire room belted it out with me, and sang along every time the chorus, as always...the Assistant was furious!



                Played the rest of the hour, and as I was sticking my gear back into the gig bags, she told she needed to speak with me before I left...



                Went down to the AD's office, whereupon she explained how I was never to come around again, and, if absolutely neccessary, she'd see that a restraining order was issued against me!



                Along about then, the AD walked it, and caught her screaming all this...he asked "What's going on?", and she explained my transgressions. The AD explained to her that I'd been coming in, once a month, for long before he'd started working there, and that I was a favorite among the residents, and asked just what songs were upsetting her so? She explained that I sang a song encouraging the residents to drink strong beverages!



                The AD then pointed out that everyone there well over the legal drinking age and that if the song I sang encouraged the residents to drink strong beverages, they had every right to do, if they could get someone to make a delivery!



                She turned bright red, and asked "what would Jesus think if one of them were "called home" in the middle of a song about whiskey"? The AD opined that Jesus was a pretty good sport and probably wouldn't be all that concerned...



                At that point, she explained that maybe she just couldn't work among such sin and moral degradation (her exact words ), and the AD agreed that she might want to reconsider this line of work, as the residents have a right to enjoy themselves...and then she stomped out.



                As the AD was handing me my check, he commented "Don't yet know exactly what happened, but she strikes me as awfully high-strung...see you next month".
                God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                • #23
                  OMG Terry! What a fricken story!!! I have no idea how I would have reacted to that. Needless to say I bet you handled it way better than I would have. Nice job pal!

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                  • #24






                    Quote Originally Posted by Potts
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                    OMG Terry! What a fricken story!!! I have no idea how I would have reacted to that. Needless to say I bet you handled it way better than I would have. Nice job pal!




                    It was an interesting gig...
                    God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                    • #25
                      I played a private holiday party the other day. It was all 40-50 somethings and professionals. A lady came up to me and said,"Linda told me I should give you a couple of these brownies." I laughed and said ok...she said, "No. They're special." I was floored. I wasn't expecting that at all. In all my years I've never ingested pot that way and let me tell you I laughed my ass off to myself for about 90 minutes while playing. There's a notable gig story.

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                      • MartinC
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                        Potts wrote:
                        I played a private holiday party the other day. It was all 40-50 somethings and professionals. A lady came up to me and said,"Linda told me I should give you a couple of these brownies." I laughed and said ok...she said, "No. They're special." I was floored. I wasn't expecting that at all. In all my years I've never ingested pot that way and let me tell you I laughed my ass off to myself for about 90 minutes while playing. There's a notable gig story.


                        I've only ingested brownies once before a gig-it was way back in 1979. In fact the whole band ate them, and they were so strong that in the first set as they started to work, I was really struggling to remember the chord changes. I was ripped. We started playing "I know I'll never love this way again"  There is a three chord turn around after the first verse that leads you right into the second verse-it was played only by the keyboard player. When it came up, she played the three strangest chords I've ever heard. We simply could not enter the second verse after hearing those chords. We just all stopped the tune. After the gig, we asked her why did you play those bizzare chords? She said it had seemed to her the tune had been going on for hours and she needed to finbd a way to end it. :-) Those were some powerful brownies.


                    • #26
                      Re: This was last Sunday... that's amazing, I read it twice, both times with my jaw on the floor.



                      Re: the special brownies... I played a 60th birthday celebretion years and years ago. It was a back yard BBQ and for some reason the birthday lady's son thought it would be a good idea to spice up the burgers with the leafy stuff (without telling anyone). I had quit doing that substance by then, and many others at the party had never even tried it. Luckily there were no minors present but it was still a pretty risky trick. I wasn't pleased at all, although some people had a really good time!

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                      • #27
                        Maybe "nurse Ratchet", shudda had some o' dem "spicy burgers".
                        Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                        (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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                        • #28

                          Tonight was great! I played at a 5 star hotel in a huge room for about 400 people. They had a nice stage for me and treated me like a king. I did a 60 minute set plus an encore and was paid hansomly. It felt pretty good. My Bose carried quite nicely and everyone had a great time.

                          I could easily get spoiled by the treatment, the brevity of the performance and the applause. Getting an honest encore from so many people was pretty cool too I might add. That **************** doesn't happen often enough.

                           

                          This is one half of the room...

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                          • SusieP
                            SusieP commented
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                            Potts wrote:

                            Tonight was great! I played at a 5 star hotel in a huge room for about 400 people. They had a nice stage for me and treated me like a king. I did a 60 minute set plus an encore and was paid hansomly. It felt pretty good. My Bose carried quite nicely and everyone had a great time.

                            I could easily get spoiled by the treatment, the brevity of the performance and the applause. Getting an honest encore from so many people was pretty cool too I might add. That **************** doesn't happen often enough.

                             

                            This is one half of the room...

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                            Sounds like a nice gig, Pottsy!

                            Hope you get many more like that.

                             

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