Let's talk shorts @ gigs... seriously

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  1. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

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    I have some outside marina type gigs coming up this summer (first one is 5/29). I have video from last year at the same place and I wore jeans and a black T (my standard fare).
    I've decided if it's above 85 degree's and/or very humid I'm wearing shorts... highly likely they will be khaki colored, docker's, slightly above the knee but a few small tears in them so they look rock and roll...
    :dude
    Big question is what for footwear?
    I usually wear vans, I guess I could incorporate some shorty socks?
    I'm concerned about sandals and being able to engage my foot pedals (MFC101) and expression pedal correctly.

    What do you think?
    My bass player will most assuredly wear shorts, but technically I could force everyone to wear pants... might be a d*ck move though.
     
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    Denim shorts if you must
    Sandals.... Definitely not!!
     
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    Don't forget to wear your favorite Tommy Bahama Hawaiian type bowling shirt!
     
  5. Ogre

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    Shorts = lame
    I believe the band should outdress the crowd. Otherwise the message is "we care more about our comfort than entertaining you".
     
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    Tear the gig up and it won't matter one hoot what you wear.
    Footwear=Black Chuck Taylors.
     
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    outside at a marina? That gig calls for cargo shorts, Hawaiian shirt, and a big goofy straw hat. Seriously.
     
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    Jorts/wife beater/white high-top sneakers.
     
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    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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    I wear shorts if it's blazing hot and an informal gig.
    Otherwise, black or blue jeans, nice shirt, sometimes black vest, and Kangol.
    And some wrist jewelry.

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    If its at a marina, you need docksiders/boat shoes with no socks. You might look ridiculous but you'll blend right in with the rest of the snotty yachtys.
     
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    These threads always go well. There are people planted firmly in the no shorts ever crowd, and now I just discovered there is a jorts only crowd too.

    If you're concerned about attire, check with the guy who booked you. It sucks to be overheated when playing. I suspect that since it's a marina, he'll be fine with the band wearing shorts.
     
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    If it's hot outside, wear sandals to the gig and play bearfoot. You don't have to be dressed like billy badass at a gig at a marina. You have to dress to the gig unless your band has a constant persona that you need to achieve. If someone judges you for not dressing like Tommy Cool then they aren't there for the music anyway.
     
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    What do other bands wear there?
     
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    I've done a fair amount of marina gigs and always wore shorts. The stage was right by the water. Every band I have seen play the marinas I have played had shorts on as well. It was just the vibe. I guess it depends on the marina. The no shorts ever rule is kind of silly. You just have to know the vibe of where you are playing. I have played at 4 in the afternoon when it was 100 degrees and humid. I am wearing shorts.
     
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    Skip the shorts and wear a SPEEDO !
     
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    No one's at a marina for the music. It's background fodder for drunkenness. So, wear what you want.
     
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    Give me a break. NOBODY cares.
     
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    The closer you get to the water, and the more casual the gig, the more acceptable shorts start to seem. Depends on the shorts, and the legs, and the shoes, etc. It can be done. But if it's a fancy event, at night, and many guests will be in long pants, that's what you should wear too.

    Get some linen or linen blend pants. They're just as cool on your legs as shorts.
     
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    I don't care how hot/humid it is and how important your level of comfort is. No shorts. And please spare us the predictable B.B. King picture.
     
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  20. Heinz57Pep

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    I used to be a hard-liner with this stance, and would trot out the linen option to support it. But I've simply been worn down by the sloths out there. So, if you're playing covers for a bunch of drunks -- indoors or outdoors, marina or otherwise -- wear what you want. Your wardrobe isn't deserving of any effort or level of caring.

    Just don't be using any auto-tune on the vocals.
     

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