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Oh I think they still exist everywhere: the local restaurant that has the same duo every Wed. night. But they might not exist in the numbers that they used to.

 

 

Its hard to find a venue that can hire a band 4 or 5 nights a week. Too much off the top.

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Oh I think they still exist everywhere: the local restaurant that has the same duo every Wed. night. But they might not exist in the numbers that they used to.

 

 

There are lots of weekly gigs . . . . . if you have the goods. He asked about "a couple/few" nights a week.

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There are lots of weekly gigs . . . . . if you have the goods. He asked about "a couple/few" nights a week.

 

 

My wife and I will probably retire and relocate to a mid-atlantic / south east coast area probably touristy and I will have a pension, but figured that playing a couple of nights a week would keep me occupied and help supplement my retirement. I will be in my mid to late fifties and still able to rock ( I hope ).

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My wife and I will probably retire and relocate to a mid-atlantic / south east coast area probably touristy and I will have a pension, but figured that playing a couple of nights a week would keep me occupied and help supplement my retirement. I will be in my mid to late fifties and still able to rock ( I hope ).

 

 

Lots of these places are seasonal. we go gangbusters in the summer and winter ,, and things get real slow spring and fall. My guess is that the south east coast would be more summer since its not that warm in the winter. It can be hard to break into the rotations because you have locals that have that stuff nailed down. You also have a constant stream of people comming into town like you want to.

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I know of venues that will have a regular band or artist every Mon or Tuesday. Not enough weekday business to play 4-5 nights a week unless you in a tourist area. I was in Tahoe a few years ago and took a dinner cruise. They had a cool band with some older gents. Looked like a great gig (they got dinner as well). When I asked the drummer how often they played he said twice a day 5 days a week. They had gear permanently set up. Pretty cool gig. They didn't have any complaints.

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I was in a house band 30 years ago! I did it Tues - Sat for a year and a half or so. Sun -Mon were dark. Gear stayed up. All through my senior year of high school and beyond with a fake ID. It was an adventure for a 17-18 year old and taught me the way of the dark side early on.

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I know of venues that will have a regular band or artist every Mon or Tuesday. Not enough weekday business to play 4-5 nights a week unless you in a tourist area. I was in Tahoe a few years ago and took a dinner cruise. They had a cool band with some older gents. Looked like a great gig (they got dinner as well). When I asked the drummer how often they played he said twice a day 5 days a week. They had gear permanently set up. Pretty cool gig. They didn't have any complaints.

 

 

Eric Hellberg! Great drummer. Yeah, they've (The Steve Walker Band) have been doing that gig for years.

 

Funny thing about those sort of tourist gigs though. They've probably been doing that gig for 25 years and most locals have never seen them....

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There are lots of weekly gigs . . . . . if you have the goods. He asked about "a couple/few" nights a week.

 

 

Yeah, I don't think there are many 4-5 nighters any more and the few that do exist are probably booked pretty solid. The band the plays on the tour cruise in Tahoe that Grant mentioned has been doing that gig for 25 years. So yeah----there IS a 5 night a week house band gig up here, but you ain't gonna get it!

 

I guess that's the Catch-22 to the "house band" deal: if the gig was available for new bands coming up on the scene it wouldn't really be a "house band" gig. Now, of course, these bands might be looking for new members from time to time. But, more often than not, they already know every player in town and have a good idea who will fill that slot long in advance. These type of bands rarely conduct auditions.

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Yeah, I don't think there are many 4-5 nighters any more and the few that do exist are probably booked pretty solid. The band the plays on the tour cruise in Tahoe that Grant mentioned has been doing that gig for 25 years. So yeah----there IS a 5 night a week house band gig up here, but you ain't gonna get it!


I guess that's the Catch-22 to the "house band" deal: if the gig was available for new bands coming up on the scene it wouldn't really be a "house band" gig. Now, of course, these bands might be looking for new members from time to time. But, more often than not, they already know every player in town and have a good idea who will fill that slot long in advance. These type of bands rarely conduct auditions.

 

 

 

There are a few house gigs down here ,,, to get them you have to be a known factor and a top draw. Most of them are solo or duo gigs.

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I'd be interested in feedback from any of you with regards to playing in a house band, meaning you play a couple/few nights a week at the same venue. I thought this might be a way to make a few dollars in my retirement.

 

 

I've been in a house band before. We played wed, Fri and Sat at a 21+ club for more than 6 months. We were still in high school at the time and that seemed like a long time to play in one place. We had good crowds nightly, a key to the club so we could practice during closed hours and got to leave our equipment there constantly. (It was owned by someone who might be considered a Greek thug. We got along fine with him. Probably why nobody messed with our equipment.)

 

I found it a great way for a band to get very tight, very fast. You do eventually get to the point that you don't consider the gig important. (Big mistake.) Every gig is important. I don't see venues doing this today. (Though I think they might be better draws if they did.) Going to a club today is a crap shoot for entertainment. Not good for bands and not good for clubs.

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I've been in a house band before. We played wed, Fri and Sat at a 21+ club for more than 6 months. We were still in high school at the time and that seemed like a long time to play in one place. We had good crowds nightly, a key to the club so we could practice during closed hours and got to leave our equipment there constantly. (It was owned by someone who might be considered a Greek thug. We got along fine with him. Probably why nobody messed with our equipment.)


I found it a great way for a band to get very tight, very fast. You do eventually get to the point that you don't consider the gig important. (Big mistake.) Every gig is important. I don't see venues doing this today. (Though I think they might be better draws if they did.) Going to a club today is a crap shoot for entertainment. Not good for bands and not good for clubs.

 

 

I think that's a big reason why newer clubs go with a booking agent/entertainment agency and go exclusive with them, so that they don't have to worry about having a less-than-stellar band in their establishment. There are still some bands on their roster that aren't always the best, but having that backing behind them definitely works in their favor.

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Just got a house gig on wednesday nights from 9-12! Killer timeslot, on a day when gigs are normally few and far between. {censored} yes. This opens up my goal of gigging 4 nights a week and makes it a possible reality

 

 

Congrats ,, I dont think you have what i would call a house gig. Its more a night every week in a venues music rotation. House gigs typically are deals where you are the guy who plays 4 or 5 nights a week and the weekly night guys fill out the the other days in the week. A house gig is one where your gear stays loaded in. We have acts down here that play 5 nights a week by having one night at five different venues. cudos on the gig.... being a regular act at a place really helps build up a following.

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About 20 years ago I did a house gig with a trio a a local club/hotel. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 17 months. Just left the gear set up and only took home our instruments and mics. It was fun and profitable, but we found that when the venue dried up we had a hard time finding new gigs since we'd basically been out of circulation for a long time.

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The club where I work has a house band. They play Wed-Sat throughout the slow months. During peak season, we bring in bigger regional acts that have a following. The house band is just as good as any of those regional acts. The house band makes about half of what the other bands make per night. They make up for it by getting guaranteed gigs 3-4 nights a week. They offer a

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I think a house band works more in a tourist area.

 

 

Yep. We've got a couple of those up here, and I know TimKeys does the house band thing in his tourist area in Texas. You see them a lot in Hawaii too. They can help with the tourist draw. I know that when the wife and I have been on vacation and had a great time at a venue with a live act we will come back a year later hoping the same band will be there again because we associate them with the venue and the good time we had there.

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I played in a house band for a blues club '92-'93 and almost 10 years later the same club '01-'02. We alternated weekends with another band. I never made more than $80 a night but I LOVED it- favoite gig of all time.

 

Also floated in and out of another (country) house band for most of '99, summer of '02 and then again from '04-'06, 4 nights a week. We were decent, but the club cut back music to just Fri-Sat and is doing better by having guest bands come in on weekends.The band I am in now is on the rotatation.

 

The main thing I like about house bands, is leaving your stuff set up and using bigger rigs (like my Leslie speaker) that you wouldn't ordinarily haul around to every gig. And as you would expect from a band that played 19 sets a week, taking requests and learning songs every week for years, every member of that band now knows more country songs than just about anybody else (whether or not we're better players). Last summer, an agent was looking for a band with members under 50 years-old, to play 5 sets of OLD country music for a country-themed event at a casino. My cohorts were about the only ones around that young, who could do that (I had another gig so they played 3-piece).

 

It's kind of sad IMO, but house bands are now a thing of the past, along with the 6-night Ramada-type gigs for road bands.

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we have a sort of house gig...... Thurs-Sat, first two weekends of the month. Another band plays 3rd & 4th weekends. House PA but we still have to set up our own monitor rig, which is PITA, but its a cool gig. Enough time off that we can play another club on off weekends, or just have some family time. Gone long enough for the regulars to be glad that you're back!

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Last summer, an agent was looking for a band with members under 50 years-old, to play 5 sets of OLD country music for a country-themed event at a casino.

 

 

Let me get this straight. He wants old music, but not old players . . . .

 

What's he going to do? Check your drivers license !?

 

(Is this a hair thing? . . . . bald? . . . . gray?)

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Let me get this straight. He wants old music, but not old players . . . .


What's he going to do? Check your drivers license !?


(Is this a hair thing? . . . . bald? . . . . gray?)

 

 

Probably all of the above. It's probably less about a strict cut-off date than it is just about not wanting a group of obviously old men up there doing old country songs that might persuade some of the younger clientele to turn around and leave before they really have a chance to decide if they like the music or not.

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I see Senior's point..you would think that old country (along with blues) would be a genre unaffected by age-based discrimination. My friends that did the gig are 48, 49, and 39 years of age, while not being pretty boys they are getting a little long in the tooth. The youngest has the greyest hair, although none of them bald. Hair was not an issue because cowboy hats were required, along with other Western clothing. None of them has even gigged in a Stetson before, AFAIK. But the gig paid $500 a man! For that kind of money I would have worn chaps with no pants (what can I say, I'm a whore:)).

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