Playing live... Wearing shorts?

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  1. frank62

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    Done it twice in my life--both times they were outdoor gigs with temps in the 95-105 range. Other than that, no.
     
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    Sorry guys, Its never okay. It looks seriously tacky and when hiring musicians I remind them of my rule. I don't think we all need to go back to wearing matching suits like they did in the old days, but as a culture we have become very sloppy dressers.
     
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    I'd rather not but if it's hot, **** it. I'm wearing them.
     
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    For people who say never wear shorts there are always exceptions. We play gigs in the summer at marinas where it can be 100 degrees and very very humid. Everyone there is in a bathing suit. Due to the humidity you start sweating setting up. I have always worn shorts at these type gigs. I think it would look more out of place wearing long pants at a gig like this plus you may pass out from the heat.
     
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    I try to dress appropriately for the gig. On some gigs, comfort is more important than looks - even more important than meeting the standards dictated by another individual on an internet forum ;)
    This past weekend in still hot and humid Florida; two mid-afternoon festival gigs - long pants and a lot of sweat. One mid-afternoon, small, casual benefit for my daughter's school - shorts.

    The Allman Bros at Wannee this year; Oteil was rockin' a kilt. Jaimoe in a kilt, heh, not quite rockin, but, hey - he looked comfortable.
     
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    I recently saw a band playing on the oceanside deck of a beachfront bar wearing long pants and jeans. They looked like idiots.

    I never say never.
     
  9. splatt

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    i don't understand;
    what, exactly, is "the problem"?

    are you required by your boss or band to wear shorts, or something?

    am i missing something, here?
    ???
     
  10. neastguy

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    if your playing in a garage then I think its ok to wear shorts...lol
     
  11. shane8

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    only if all my socks are in the wash ;)
     
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    Most of the time I wear pants. But I will wear shorts when I am playing outside in the hottest part of the summer.
     
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    Crossroads 2010:

    A hot Chicago hosted Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, Saturday at Toyota Soccer Park. It was a spectacular lineup mixed with Hall of Fame blues rock guitarists mixed with many of the new guitar superstars. All gathered for the third installment to benefit Clapton’s Antigua Center for Rehabilitation.
    The sold out crowd endured the twelve hour classic through the extreme heat which reached nearly 100 degrees on field level. Medical stations were filled to capacity with fans suffering from heat exhaustion. Event MC Bill Murray reminded the audience “ to keep hydrated and claimed that on this day beer qualifies as a hydrant."


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    Next time I play the Crossroads Festival, I'll be sure and wear long pants.
    Playing on the deck of Sharky's Bar on the waterway, I'll probably wear shorts, though.
     
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    THis.
     
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    Pretty much. :aok
     
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    Your call.
     
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    Agreed - I play the Hamptons beaches all summer long, usually to people wearing bikinis and bathing suits, all with margaritas, pina coladas or whatever in their hands. They're jumping in and out of the water because it's 95 degrees in the shade. I'm wearing f'ing shorts dude!

    The bands that show up in their black jeans and black sneakers with white socks or those in tan pants and hawaiian shirts, look ridiculous and are soon observed melting away in their own sweat.
     
  20. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Hell, if it's a gig on the beach, at the pool, whatever - wear swim trunks, or board shorts while performing. They DO look better than the average cargo shorts, and...well...uh...don't wear Speedos! :omg

    Naked is better than an inflated non-package.
     

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