01-25-2013 12:46 PM
Phase I of tonight's gig is done. My keyboard rig has been packed up and schlepped to out to the van - for my gig with my "Soul'd Out" project (eight piece - bass, drums, guitar, keys, female vocalist - sax, trombone and trumpet). We're playing at what's essentially become our home bar - a great steakhouse/microbrewery about 50 minutes away. The stage is tiny - so we're packed in there tighter than an ugly third grader - but the crowd is awesomely receptive, the management treats us well and the micro-brew is fantastic.
We've added 4 new tunes since we were last there 2 weeks ago ... so there's some fresh material. We got two couples coming up to check us out for potential wedding gigs. Based on the feedback from everybody in the band - sounds like everybody has folks coming out tonight - so we should have a decent crowd. All in all - it sounds like "all systems go" for a good night!
Chicks are gonna be digging me tonight! I just know it!
01-25-2013 01:31 PM
01-25-2013 01:38 PM
01-26-2013 12:47 PM
A great time was had by all. This band is in the fun and exciting stage ... our lineup has come together and for the time being appears stable, we're learning new material at a steady clip (we rolled out 4 new tunes last night), I like our playlist - actually look forward to playing pretty much everything on it, we're working two rooms on a regular basis - and are getting a great response in each of them and are watching our crowds grow in each of them. Best of all - there's a sense of synergy in our performances - we know we're consistently delivering a quality performance. Our calendar is slowly but steadily filling up. For the time being - I'm in the middle of exactly what I'm involved in music for! It's a great feeling!
Last night was another good night. We had a good crowd (not an empty seat in the joint - with folks 2-3 deep around the bar and the open areas where folks can stand) - that braved snow and shitty driving to be there. The band was on.
Best of all - we sealed the deal on two wedding gigs.
I'm looking forward to riding this crest for as long as I can!
01-26-2013 01:18 PM
...and were the chicks digging you?!?!?!?!?!?!
As strange as it may be ... yes! Last night was the first time that wife has come out to see this band. She and several of her girlfriends make the drive (it's a 50 minute ride from my place). During our 1st break I stopped by their table to say hi (and to grab a couple of fries from the basket that happened to be on the table!). As I was standing there - an attractive young woman walked up to me and started gushing about the band and my playing style. (Note: <-- this never happens to me! I've been told I could pass for Uncle Fester ... the chicks usually swarm our guitar player and drummer, so I'm usually safe.) When she left - I turned and looked at my wife and her table of friends (who had been sitting there watching and listening to my conversation with the young woman) - then smiled and joked: "See dear, I told you that the chicks dig me!"
01-28-2013 06:53 AM
01-28-2013 10:33 AM
It's great that you're still able to get the whole band thing going when a lot of us are having to downsize to duos and solo acts because the money's just not there. Keep up the good work!
What we're earning for bar gigs doesn't yet justify the whole 8 piece band - however, we knew that going in. Our goal for this band is to be working private events. However, when we started out as a 6 piece - we picked up a regular spot in the line up of two venues - specifically so that we could ensure we were getting regular stage time knowing all the while that the money wasn't great. When we decided to add horns - they came onboard knowing the deal. As a group - we concluded that we'd gig these two rooms with the 8 piece - even if the money ain't squat - and consider it an investment in "product development".
While the two bar gigs don't pay well (we're pocketing $60 per man) - they serve us well in that they provide us with a public venue that we can invite potential private event clients to in order to see us live. So far we've booked six private events at "normal" price ($200 per man) - and are seeing interest in the band rise steadily.
Fortunately - nobody in the band relies on gig money - which gives us the flexibility to "invest" in the band in this manner.
01-28-2013 02:23 PM
01-28-2013 03:24 PM
That's a good strategy, and like you said, an investment towards bigger things. Better than a video, better than a rehearsal space to give a live demo.
That's been our sentiment as well - plus there's the fun factor. Granted the $60 per man split at the bar gigs is definitely a fraction of my typical minimum - I am having a ball. Both rooms are nice venues to work, in each case the house recognizes that they're getting a hell of a deal and comp any and all drinks we happen to order (we're not huge drinkers ... but do appreciate the gesture). Couple that with the fact that this band is the most fun I've had in ages (musically speaking) - makes it such that I don't mind making the "investment".
01-30-2013 11:09 AM - edited 01-30-2013 11:11 AM
Bar gigs tend to drive pvt and corp stuff we have found. Our home venue show is our best marketing tool we have. I dont mind playing those for gumbo because they involve no humping gear. I will prolly mozy over there tonight and the bass player an myself will back up the bandleader on the second half of the show. Its the wifes night to play cards with her girl friends. I go to the bar lol. It takes 10 mins to get there.
01-31-2013 12:37 AM
it sounds like you have it covered and have a pretty well excuted system behind it. I do hope the chicks dig ya!
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