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Post subject: How was your gig?
Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:21 am
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Mine went pretty good. Had a decent number of people show up and stay for
the whole night. The band was tight and kickin' it. Just got home and now, as usual,
I like to savor the moments from the gig.

Anyone else have a gig tonight or even recently and want to talk about it?

Speak right up....

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Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:27 pm
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I'm beginning to wonder if I'm ever going to get a gig with this outfit I've found myself in.
I keep having temptations to quit.
The other guys are in a lower skill level than I am accustomed to and then there's an almost impossible scheduling situation for rehearsals.
Everyone is on a different cycle.
I have nothing else going on so I'll stick with it and see how it plays out.
In truth I would be happy just to get some rehearsal time in.
Playing by myself just ain't the same thing.

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Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:13 am
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BMW-KTM wrote:
I'm beginning to wonder if I'm ever going to get a gig with this outfit I've found myself in.
I keep having temptations to quit.
The other guys are in a lower skill level than I am accustomed to and then there's an almost impossible scheduling situation for rehearsals.
Everyone is on a different cycle.
I have nothing else going on so I'll stick with it and see how it plays out.
In truth I would be happy just to get some rehearsal time in.
Playing by myself just ain't the same thing.


Any jams or OMs (open mic nights) in your area? I've been lucky to find some decent
musicians to gig with from attending these two pretty close (30 minutes away) to me.

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Post subject: Re: How was your gig tonight?
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:46 am
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I live in a pretty small town, Mike.
You'd prolly call it a village.
Maybe 8,000 people or so.
It's nice and quiet here, which is why I live here.
No sirens in the middle of the night.
No traffic jams.
No freeways for someone to cut you off on and then flip you the bird.
No 20 minute lineups at the Walmart checkout.
I enjoy small town living, even with the drawbacks.
The best part is, my neighbours love it when I jam with friends in my house loud enough for them to hear.
There's only one open mic night here and they mostly cater to kids performing for parents.
Accordion recitals, clarinets, trumpets, singing to backing tracks, poetry reading, etc.
Every once in a while you see somebody getting up with an acoustic and performing an original.
I've only gone 3 times because it's just not for me.
Never once saw a rock/blues ensemble.

Up in the city there is a well known place that has so-called jams every Saturday afternoon but I don't know any of those guys and if you don't know them you're not getting up.
There's nothing "open" about their mic.
I've been warned by other guys who've tried to get up.
I miss the days when the neighbouring town, just a bit bigger than this one, had a pub called The Rhythm Room and held actual open mic nights on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:42 am
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I thought there'd be more response here.


Doesn't anyone else besides myself and BMW-KTM play gigs at all?

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Post subject: Re: How was your gig tonight?
Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:48 am
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Good jam last night. Lots of talented players came out!

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Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:59 pm
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Post subject: Re: How was your gig tonight?
Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:06 am
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I live in a pretty small town, Mike.
You'd prolly call it a village.
Maybe 8,000 people or so.

That's actually pretty huge in my eyes. I grew up in a town of 625. There were 29 kids in my High School Graduating class.
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I enjoy small town living, even with the drawbacks.

As do I...never would have wanted to grow up any other way. Though I no longer live in my "hometown", I now live in a town of 707 that is 25 miles away.
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place that has so-called jams every Saturday afternoon but I don't know any of those guys and if you don't know them you're not getting up.
This behavior just seems wrong. It can't necessarily be considered an "open" jam, if the local/usual musicians don't allow a fresh face on stage.
My surrounding area is consumed with several small town Iowa farming communities. Towns are (if you're doing a dot-to-dot) literally about 7 or 8 miles apart. All of them have atleast one Bar; and there's always a live show or open mic going on somewhere. Maybe we're different in this neck of the woods...but EVERYONE is welcome (regardless of talent level). Most times it works out real good; because the instrument players with sub-par talent are too shy to get up there...so the only painful moments are when someone that THINKS they can sing, tries to sing. LOL! But we all get through it, and nobody bullies or shames that person---quite the contrary, we give them kudos for "giving it a shot".
It's about having fun around here....not "who is the best of the best".
Don't get me wrong....the best players and singers will stay up there as long as they can....but if someone else walks in (even if nobodies ever seen them before) and they want to sit in, they are welcomed with open arms.
Sounds to me like the "regulars" that you speak of, are just looking for a place (other than basement or garage, and with an audience) to jam. Screw those pompous dick's---get up there and impress the hell out of them.

Now; back on track with the thread topic: I haven't gigged in a while...busy in the Studio...but gigging in my area is always a hit, because there is very little else for anyone to do in the Winter around here. Summer can be hit or miss, because people like to get outdoors; so ideal gigs are usually small town Summer Festivals (Fun Days) and outdoor parties---people aren't spending their time in bars after being cooped up inside all Winter.

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Miami Mike wrote:
I thought there'd be more response here.


Doesn't anyone else besides myself and BMW-KTM play gigs at all?


We have a few irons in the fire, as far as music goes, with recording and all of that sort of thing. We'd like to be gigging more, but it's been a constant battle to find other people that won't flake out on you before you can even do anything. Hopefully, that will change this year.

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it's been a constant battle to find other people that won't flake out on you
What does that mean?


P.S.- I know what you mean about the gas station burrito! :lol:

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I mean someone acts all interested and enthused to play with you one day and the next you won't hear a word out of them, as an example.

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I mean someone acts all interested and enthused to play with you one day and the next you won't hear a word out of them, as an example.
Oh....ok. Yah; been there, done that as well. That behavior DOES get old---takes the wind out of your sail's for sure.

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I'm finally gigging again, a year after my previous band broke up.
We played our first gig for a charity battle of the bands event. It was a half hour set.
I was a bit nervous, but that went away as soon as the first note was played.
There were a few flubs, but nothing major and most people probably didn't notice.
My hand was cramping by the last song, but I pushed through and finished the set!
We didn't win the event, but I did win best guitar work of the night, so that was awesome!
This show has re-lit the fire to get out there for a full night paying gig!

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Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:56 pm
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Last night went okay, seems many were holding off to party hardy today
and tonight for the Irish holiday.

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