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Outdoor gig last night........

major-minor

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44 degrees. A slight wind.

I'd never wanted a gig to get over so fast in my life.

Oh well-----got paid. But no fun what so ever.
 

Tuberoast

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We played one a few weeks ago, around the same temperature, condensation started forming in the air once the sun dropped and I too couldn't wait for the last song.
 

BCy2k

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Heh - we've got one coming up on the 27th of this month. From 11:30am to 2:30. Outdoors - downtown Denver. Plus the 27th is a double - another bar gig that same evening from 8 to 12. We knew it was crazy when we agreed to do the gig - but we're a proven "All Weather Band" with a reputation to uphold. :rotflmao

Then . . . I'm subbing on a church gig the following morning - LOL.

I still love my job. Frostbite, hypothermia and all. :p
 

Wagster

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I also played an outdoor gig last night and it was in the 40's. To make matters even worse, the bass player didn't show up. I couldn't wait to get paid and get out of there.
 

Marty s Horne

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Most of the outdoor gigs here in Florida are uncomfortably hot but I've done some in the winter and froze my butt off! I'm really glad that most of our gigs now are indoors.
 

SarasotaSlim

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Most of the outdoor gigs here in Florida are uncomfortably hot but I've done some in the winter and froze my butt off! I'm really glad that most of our gigs now are indoors.
Hey Marty! We have a big one coming up on November 17 out on the beach. Our slot is from 5 - 6:30 so it should be OK as long as no one says the "R" word. A little wind at 65 degrees coming in off the gulf will make the bikini girls leave every time :(
 

tonyhay

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In Bermuda it's the summer outside ones that sometimes I dread. There are times when all I can think about is how hot I am, and they're always in the evening.
 

mprvise

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I feel for you guys. I played a private party last night at the top of a 16 story hotel. The hotel manager wanted us to set up OUTSIDE even though it was low 40's. Luckily the guy who hired us convinced the manager to move some furniture and have us set up inside the penthouse bar. Whew.... Ended up being a super fun gig except for the load in/out.
 

Stratobuc

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44 degrees. A slight wind.

I'd never wanted a gig to get over so fast in my life.

Oh well-----got paid. But no fun what so ever.
I'd take one of those over our local tropical humidity any day. At least you can wear a jacket and long underwear.
 

veus55

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I had a nightmare gig in the Florida heat last year. Could not move my fingers and I did not have talc with me.
I would rather play in the cold...
 

AndreasG

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Did play a outdoor gig a few years back on a glacier, minus 10 degrees celsius (about 14 F), my amp was frozen to the stage...next day the whole band was sick...at least it was well-paid....
 

oldtelefart

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Outdoor gig 2 weeks ago in mid-afternoon. Blazing sun, hot as hell (we're in the tropics), retuning after every song, drenched in sweat, sunburn etc etc. We were up there for 75 minutes. Thankfully it was a big production job, walk in with guitars, no other gear to move. And paid really well...........
 
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If it's too hot you get sticky, clammy fingers and intonation problems. If it's too cold, my fingers get tight, achy and stiff.

Actually, I had a questionable indoor concert last night. The bass player/vocalist skipped over a song on the set list, then played it IN THE WRONG KEY! Song codas were mysteriously twice as long, yada yada yada. During the guitar solo to "Heard It Throught the Grapevine", the drummer cues too early, bass player changes chords too early, rhythm guitarist is trying to follow me. WTF!! These guys have been playing these songs together for 20 years. This band doesn't rehearse properly. We rehearse songs that never get played come show time. I can't reason with the bass player over this nonsense (he's a founding member). He changes the damn set list or doesn't have one ready until the day before the show. I try explaining that some bands choose between 2 or 3 set lists at the most and rehearse them enough to where they don't have to look at each other for cues. Whatever. They're not always that lost, but last night we were. At least we got paid and people seemed to like it.

Yeah, I hate playing in bad weather. It makes you want to go the F home!
 

cottoneyedjoe

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We got booked for a Land Rover convention once. It was held at a resort in a remote part of Virginia. October 20th was the date. The guests went out rolling through the bushes all day and came back to see us play---outside.

It was 40 degrees that night. We froze. They pulled up in their Land Rovers, sat in their vehicles and watched us in comfort. We'd finish a song and they would honk! That's how we knew we did good.

Next time I'll tell you about the time we played in a mule barn....Next to real live mules!!!!
 

brianr0131

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We got booked for a Land Rover convention once. It was held at a resort in a remote part of Virginia. October 20th was the date. The guests went out rolling through the bushes all day and came back to see us play---outside.

It was 40 degrees that night. We froze. They pulled up in their Land Rovers, sat in their vehicles and watched us in comfort. We'd finish a song and they would honk! That's how we knew we did good.

Next time I'll tell you about the time we played in a mule barn....Next to real live mules!!!!
You win the internet
 

MKB

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A few years ago we were asked to play a free gig for one of our horn player's Christmas party at work. We were told the band was to set up in a closed in porch. When we got there, we found it was an outdoor patio with plastic stapled around 3 sides of its perimeter, one end was completely open. The plastic had a 3' gap between it and the ground. The weather was around 28 degrees and the wind was blowing. Now THAT was cold; much of the equipment malfunctioned due to the cold, and to add insult to injury, none of the 20 or so guests would come out to hear us; they stayed in the house because it was too cold out.

All this for a free gig. Kinda stupid in hindsight.
 






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