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  • #31
    ALWAYS dress for the occasion.



    Good rule of thumb from an old band mate: "We're not the crowd. We're better than them. We're the band, and we should look cooler, sound cooler, and be cooler."

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    • #32






      Quote Originally Posted by FitchFY
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      ALWAYS dress for the occasion.



      Good rule of thumb from an old band mate: "We're not the crowd. We're better than them. We're the band, and we should look cooler, sound cooler, and be cooler."







      Those are good words to live by.



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      • #33
        We usually have matching cargo shorts, flip-flops, and Hawaian shirts. We got out music stands painted to match the shirts.



        But seriously - We usually do a black/blue thing, with no real rules other than it should be black and blue.

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        • #34
          I think I must shop at the same store as bassred, although I have hair, different shoes, and my tele is sunburst.
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          • #35
            bassred does have a pretty good look - I wish I could pull that off, I shaved my head once in high school, and boy, was that ever mistake. Ever seen that SNL skit with Dan Aykroyd, "Coneheads"? Yeah. I didn't need a costume to blend in.



            Some good ideas in here, thanks. The guys with the matching flowers on their lapels look pretty cool, too. That's not for me, but I like the idea of a basic concept with a unifying accessory.



            My problem is that I have *zero* sense of style, which makes projecting natural cool particularly challenging. Working on it, though! I have been wearing Levis 501s and T-shirts as my primary non-work outfit since late 1987. I recently started wearing thermal pull-over shirts instead of T-shirts. More colourful options; warmer, too..
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            • #36






              Quote Originally Posted by wesg
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              Some good ideas in here, thanks. The guys with the matching flowers on their lapels look pretty cool, too. That's not for me, but I like the idea of a basic concept with a unifying accessory.




              That's similar to what we do. It's pretty simple: the guys all wear black or grey (usually black jeans) and then we call a "color" for the night and everybody wears whatever accessory they have that is that color--be it tie, scarf, shirt, jacket, hat. The girls fit in with the color scheme too.
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              • #37





                My problem is that I have *zero* sense of style, which makes projecting natural cool particularly challenging. Working on it, though! I have been wearing Levis 501s and T-shirts as my primary non-work outfit since late 1987. I recently started wearing thermal pull-over shirts instead of T-shirts. More colourful options; warmer, too..



                Thats a style, and a darn decent one if you ask me. I am basically the same since 1974 or 5.

                No reason thats not appropriate for the av bar gig, just juice it up a little. The advice about the band being cooler than the patrons is spot on, but you don't have to overdo it or try too hard.

                Find a few "cool"(to you) T shirts with logos that arn't over the top gaudy but that you don't see every day(in other words don't buy em at Walmart, and stay away from the trendy stuff you see the teenagers wearing). Concert Ts are a standby for me. I've got a couple from Springsteen and Stones tours, plus a couple of obscure acoustic acts, I'm prone to pull out. I saw Black Oak at a little local festival last summer and picked up one of their T Shirts in black. Find a pair of comfortable but a little quirky shoes or boots. Pick up a few collared shirts in darker patterns. Find yourself a cool hat, if you are the type than feels comfortable pulling that off.



                Theres always the aging rockstar's fall back, all ways looks good all the time most any venue, black.

                Get some black jeans, black Ts, and black shoes(or boots).

                Need fancier, black slacks and a black collared shirt.

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                • #38






                  Quote Originally Posted by Pine Apple Slim
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                  Thats a style, and a darn decent one if you ask me. I am basically the same since 1974 or 5.

                  No reason thats not appropriate for the av bar gig, just juice it up a little. The advice about the band being cooler than the patrons is spot on, but you don't have to overdo it or try too hard.




                  Good points. I think a lot people think that when you talk about "looking cooler than the audience" that you're talking going out there in a monkey suit or something. It really doesn't take much since most audiences dress like ****************. It just means being slightly more purposeful about things. Heck, just making sure your clothes FIT well is often enough. I constantly amazed at how many people (guys) walk around in clothes that are the wrong size for them. But just some nice, well-fitting clothes and something extra to "rock" the look---a bald head or sunglasses is enough to do the trick for a lot of guys---is plenty.



                  As far as having the same look since the 70s, I've bascially done the same thing too. Always been a "skinny jeans" guy. Even when they were way out of style I still wore them on stage. Had to special order them from Europe for a few years there since they weren't even AVAILABLE anywhere in the US. Now they are back in style and I can pick 'em up at K-Mart
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                  • #39
                    Say, that's a good idea. I read a post you wrote about that in 2011, but I hadn't quite contextualized it properly. I guess your avatar is an "Orange" day.



                    Hey, does Kick Start Your Party have any significant at-gig branding besides the colour-coordination? Anybody else?



                    I'll tell you, one band I *don't* want to look like, even though they have lots of brand identity is Rich K. and the Allnighters -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZyaOlrb7E -- just not my thing.
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                    • #40






                      Quote Originally Posted by wesg
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                      Say, that's a good idea. I read a post you wrote about that in 2011, but I hadn't quite contextualized it properly. I guess your avatar is an "Orange" day.




                      Yep. Orange T-shirt under gray/silver jacket, black jeans and black boots. Simple and done. (Oh...orange undies too, but don't tell anyone.)








                      Hey, does Kick Start Your Party have any significant at-gig branding besides the colour-coordination?



                      Not sure what you mean by "at-gig branding"? I guess we don't since I don't know what you mean We put out business cards and have our logo displayed behind us during breaks, but that's about it. I've thought about doing things like having doo-dads to give out with our logo on them, but I've never thought it would end up being that cost-effective.








                      I'll tell you, one band I *don't* want to look like, even though they have lots of brand identity is Rich K. and the Allnighters -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZyaOlrb7E -- just not my thing.



                      Getting THAT matchy-matchy is way too much for me and a VERY dated look, IMO. I don't think (I KNOW) you don't have to carry it that far so that everyone in the band looks like they are part of the same group.



                      Drummer's awesome though.
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                      • #41





                        I'll tell you, one band I *don't* want to look like, even though they have lots of brand identity is Rich K. and the Allnighters -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZyaOlrb7E -- just not my thing.



                        lol.

                        Propts to em, but I ain't gonna do that down at the local watering hole either. They look like they came straight from the Holiday Inn circa 1973.

                        I get it, its a nostalgia thing, but no way I'd be caught dead looking like that unless I was in a comedy lounge act.

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                        • #42





                          Had to special order them from Europe for a few years there since they weren't even AVAILABLE anywhere in the US. Now they are back in style and I can pick 'em up at K-Mart



                          Most of my stuff come from Walmart or Kmart. Just stay away from the trendy stuff the sell to the teenagers. Need black pants or jeans, a plain solid color T, a nice enough collared shirt, some black canvas tennis shoes? No prob. I like Target too. Just make sure it fits. Not way baggy, and not so tight your beer belly is hangin out.

                          Need a cool hat? Go down to that downtown place where the brothers shop. I picked up a dark blue short brimed Fedora for $20 5-6 yrs ago at a place like that I get compliments on every time. All I did was take the feather out

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                          • #43
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                            • #44
                              We definitely need to start dressing better. We've changed what we play (added a LOT more modern pop covers - phasing out almost all of the classic rock stuff), so dressing "rock" like we usually do probably isn't going to cut it as our audience changes.
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                              • #45






                                Quote Originally Posted by wesg
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                                Good question, Dave -- I should have given more info!



                                The non-specific occasion I'm wondering about is the low-end bar-band stuff. More formal stuff is easy, I'm always told what to wear so I don't need to think about it. Like, corporate parties, weddings, etc, you find out what the guests are wearing and step it up a notch. Big Band work, there is always a uniform.



                                My latest project is your prototypical covers-playing rock band; I'm trying to figure out how to look better and maybe convince my new band mates that they want to do the same; right now we have been wearing nice versions of our own daily dress. I saw some old footage, and cringed a bit when I saw one of them in shorts and sandals behind a music stand. My long-term goal is to sort this band out, and take it into private parties, weddings, corporate events, etc.. So professionalism on all fronts is one place where I am spending a lot of effort.



                                What actually got me thinking about this is that I got a call to sub on piano in a 10-piece "Big" Band New Year's Eve; the booking agent wants black pants, a black shirt, and a white tie. So I have to buy at least a shirt and a tie soon, heh. All of my suits are dark and I like to wear coloured shirts with pattern ties.



                                Rock bands around here always look sloppy to me. Blues bands tend to dress nicer. Jazz combos, no question, they always look decent.



                                I noticed Wade even dresses up for rehearsal. Not such a bad idea, I like to practice how I perform at least a few times to work out any surprise kinks.










                                Quote Originally Posted by roamingbard13
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                                Low-paying bar gigs? That's us. Most places we go with dark jeans, nice button downs or t-shirts, and nice shoes. Not that hard really. We are mostly in our mid-20s though, so we really just dress like we would when we go out anyways.




                                Hmmm...



                                I think there is a mistaken outlook on this topic. A lot of guys are getting caught up in "nice clothes". A button down shirt and nice shoes and... COME ON!!! That's all fine, but it is so reactionary as opposed to taking initiative. Being told as opposed to TELLING! That sort of thinking guarantees you won't offend. Is that really all you're concerned with? Not offending? How about making a statement with your clothing. How about complimenting your music with your clothing. How about putting some time and thought into how you present yourself as a musician??????



                                That is half the fun of this whole thing. Embrace it. I'm having a hard time understanding how this can even be a question...
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