Ok so I guess it's time for an update. This won't be a TommyGuns type update but I'll try and remember everything that happened.
So the gig was a private party up in a very rural area in northern CT. The house was set back from the street and there was someone outside near the street that waved us in. You drive up a long dirt road and up around the back of the house. when I started to pull around back I see about ten large RV's setup up on either side of the backyard. Pretty cool seems like a nice setup all ready.
As I pulled past the campers I was asked to stop there an unload. I could see a large tent setup in the back corner of the yard and the singer was already setting up. I had a ton of stuff, two amps, amp stands, 2 guitars, stands, PA speakers etc.
Took about an hour or so to get set up. They were running the power off generators and the one i was plugged into wasn't fired up so I couldn't tune up. Sat back and had a beer and waited for the rest of the guys. There were about 30 people there at the time.
The host gave us a sip of some homemade apple moonshine....tasted like a piece of apple pie with a kick...good stuff but that stuff can creep up on you quick.
Anyway all the guys showed up and we got set up and were ready about 5:30. They wanted to serve the food around 6 and then we'd start playing.
The spread they had was awesome all kinds of food including a new one for me, baked mac and cheese topped with jalepeno's.
So somewhere around 6:45 we were going to start. Side note during warmups one of the generators ran out of gas and had to be refilled I asked them to fill both before we started.
So we started with American Band. This is were this was much different from playing at the bar. There were all these bean bag games setup around the yard and people were playing games, hanging around their RV's etc., with only a handfulk watching us. Felt like it was a practice. There were like 72 people there in total when we started not sure how many if any more came.
We finish the first song to sporadic slaps since there were only a few people watching and Good.
So we play Good fine but it feels like we are lacking some mojo or energy.
We played the other songs up to Are you going my way OK but all had that something was missing feeling to them. we get are you gonna go my way and now I mess up. It wasn't train wreck type of messing up I wasn't hitting any wrong notes but for some reason I had some temporary brain fart and just couldn't get on that lick. I know it liek the back of my hand and it wasn't nerves not sure what happened but after about halfway I was back on it.
I knew there was a reason I mentioned the generator around the 4th or 5th song in the first set all my gear goes silent. Come to find out the generator ran out of gas...the same generator I asked them to be sure was filled before we started. Luckily once filled we were good to go.
When we played jailbreak I'm not sure what happened but when I turned on the sirens during the solo either they were to low or it didn't go on cuz you couldn't hear them. This wasn't a playing error but it does sound cool and adds to the song when it works.
We finally finished the first set pretty well with Crossroads.
Took about a 20 min break to hopefully get more people up and then we got started again.
Set 2 was a 100% improvement over Set 1 in terms of energy. For some reason Use Somebody still doesn't come out as good with this group of guys as it should but it was OK. The rest were all good, we skipped Mustang Sally and ended the second set with Born to be Wild which got some good applause.
Set 3 was by far the best of the 3 both in energy and just being tight.
We had changed the sets slightly and ended with Ring of fire, Beer Drinkers and Keep Away and we killed all of them. At this point as disappointing as it was we had maybe 20 people actually in the tent watching most were still wondering around.
Not much excitement. The good news was we got fed, got plenty of beer and a bonus we actually got $300 for the gig so all in all it was a good deal.
Bad points we weren't on or game for set 1 and we will need to fix that but on the bright side we did recover and end well and it was our first time performing 3 sets.
So we have a biker charity ride on June 24th as our next gig and hopefully we will kick it up a notch.
Last edited by cnev
on May 30th, 2012, 6:26 am, edited 1 time in total.
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