I'm gonna say 2 a week, but 4/5 a month. It depends a lot on the season (the nicer the weather, the less I mind hauling gear and being outdoors for hours before or after our set time), the venues (the better they run their end, the more fun it is on our end), the crowd (more people and more appreciative people are why we do this in the first place), and of course the paycheck (for $100, a lot else has to go right for the gig to be worth it; for $500 I am totally happy to be background music for a crowd paying attention to literally anything else).So, what's your weekly/monthly gig limit before it becomes a burden?
Speaking of cruise gigs, Mrs. JB_SC and I enjoy vacationing on cruise ships. I make a point of speaking with the musicians onboard when I can, and yes, most of the time they are counting the minutes to the end of their contracts.It really depends on what kind of gigs we’re talking about. I could do 7 nights a week of experimental music no problem, but I’d never want to play again if I had to do 7 nights a week of wedding gigs no matter how well they paid. During my peak wedding gig years, just 3 or 4 a month burned me out.
I have some friends who do the cruise ship thing, which according to their testimonies sound like floating burnout factories. No way I’d get on one of those disease barges.
I think if we were a well oiled machine where everyone helps with the PA, it would be less burdensom to gig a lot. As it is I gig about once a month sometimes 3, never more.
My band does help but, it seems sporadic. They set up their gear first and then help with the PA, same at load out.