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  1. Played a trio gig at a restaurant yesterday. . . . . elevated deck with a beautiful view of the Maine coast. The crowd ran the gamut from folks in their 80s down to toddlers. A few people watched us intently, but everyone was silent at the end of each song. Undaunted, I said a few words from time to time, but mostly kept things moving. At the end of the set, I walked through the crowd to get to the bar, and someone from each table turned to tell me how much they liked us! By the end of the second set, we had some banter going, occasional applause including folks sitting at a lower level deck who couldn't see us! How curious that it often takes a set before people warm up to you enough to clap and talk back to you!?
  2. Sounds simple enough. You call first, so once you've packed up and made the trip, you expect to get paid. . . . .
  3. If you want to start a band, you'd better be the musical anchor of the project. Having said that, the lead singer chair is often the most important in a band, and often we avoid them simply because the economics of the circuit you play means you can't afford to pay someone who doesn't also play an instrument. Virtually all the venues up here are simply too small.
  4. They replaced the smallish tent with a seriously large one. No rain at all, as it turned out. Now, about those mosquitos at low tide . . . . I just noticed that a gig we have next month says "weather permitting" It's a restaurant patio gig. It's rarely hot up here; we're more concerned about how long we can stretch the season into the fall before outdoor gigs won't work. But my original question remains unanswered. Under what conditions do you expect to get paid? When can they cancel?
  5. I don't think anyone's mentioned this, but I'm always interested in what instrument the person forming the band plays. A drummer is the last person who should be forming a band unless you already have a reputation that can get gigs sight unseen. Good drummers are busy because they can play in multiple projects with less rehearsal time than pretty much anyone else. Most groups will revolve around the lead vocal. That's who should be forming the band, and if they need a musical director, that's the first chair you fill. Depends on what your aspirations are. If you're happy to jam in the basement or play out for gas money, invite guys who can demonstrate that they are comfortable with the genre you're looking for. Around here, the musical landscape is littered with self-taught players who just want to play and don't have delusions about being successful. I'll bet the drummer in the original post doesn't have any recordings to share that will demonstrate that he actually knows how to play.
  6. She just responded to my email: "We have a very large tent, so unless it is torrential and crazy, we plan on still having you all!! "
  7. When I ask two guys to play a gig with me - both for the first time - they might want to know if they're going to get paid. So the question really is more like what is your cancellation policy?
  8. I did, but haven't heard back. I'm finding that a lot of venues are new to all this, so this may not have happened to them yet.
  9. Fathers Day trio gig at an oyster bar. It's converted gas station - picnic table with umbrellas and a stage tent set up in front of one of the bays. Oddly enough, I haven't played a lot of outdoor gigs and I'm wondering what sort of rainout policy to expect. 50% chance all day . . .
  10. Certainly not on stage . . . Around town? Still seems odd. Put a bumper sticker on your car.
  11. A lot of venues . . . . . . . promote your gig on FB a night or two before. . . . have past dates posted on their "events" page, but few if any upcoming gigs. . . . promote weekend band dates, but not solos and duos during the week. . . . expect you to tell your friends, which is fine, except most of my friends don't live anywhere near the venue - an hour's drive or a day's drive - but nearly all the folks that "like" your venue live close by. I don't understand . . .
  12. You lost me . . . I've cast my lot with guys that have musical training. I've seen way too many hobby bands that are "well rehearsed", but their rhythms, changes, signatures lines and lead vocals are boring or flat out wrong. That's the best they can do and it isn't going to change. Reading charts isn't "winging it" . . . or maybe I've misunderstood you.
  13. I went to a garage jam once where the host had multiple laminated copies of the lead sheets for a boatload of songs. I went to another house jam a while back where the host had a boatload of lead sheets but there were no chords, only lyrics. Gee, Thanks! I tend to overthink things, but tell me why this won't work . . . " I'm coming to your jam next week. Can you send me a set list with keys? Here's mine. If I sing a few of them, can you play 'em?
  14. If you're dealing with professionals, this approach should make sense, but I've learned that in the current musical environment, you're wise not to make that assumption. Hobby bands can't imagine that you can play a gig without a rehearsal. They are also more likely to have made changes to the original version for a a variety of reasons. And their very existence is based on the premise that rehearsing is the main reason they're doing this. It's fun, right!? Recordings? Since sounding good isn't the point, why would you have any? Most bands up here have nothing on line and nothing in the vault to send you.
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