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    Well, at least they can say they had jazz with the juleps.

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    I'll never forget one of my very first solo restaurant gigs at age 18 where the females at the table closest to me were talking so loud that I could barely hear what I was playing.

    To add injury to insult I had to listen to them talking about which brand of toilet bowl cleaners worked the best while I was playing!

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    The most important thing on the gigs like that is to look good. Dress sharp, show up on time, follow the instructions from the party organizers- that's it. Musically, they notice singers, but usually couldn't care less about instrumental. Unless you're really suck or being too loud, they don't care. It normally pays well, so neither do I haha.

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    Well, speaking of funny solo gigs....


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    Quote Originally Posted by guitarbuddy View Post
    So this is the week of the Kentucky Derby and Louisville is packed with tourists and good paying gigs. I got a call to play a solo gig yesterday at a cocktail party for a very large corporation based here which will remain nameless, but suffice to say they are well-suited for involvement in the party atmosphere for the week. My friend and regular booking person was quite adamant that I had to plan far ahead for traffic and such and that I was to be dressed elegantly, and I complied. I was stopped by security at the gate and was escorted inside by someone whose last name was the same as the company's, so I assumed she was part of the family which owns it. She was, in a word, "professional," polite but not overly solicitous. I got set up quite early and was waiting for guests to arrive when she came back over with a concerned look on her face and asked "Can you play acoustically?" to which I answered, thinking she was worried about volume, "No, but don't worry, it won't be loud." That wasn't the problem. It was the "wires" coming from my gear, so unsightly. "Can you do something about those?" I tucked as much of it under my chair as possible, my Boss GT-1 and pedal to activate the tuner just barely out far enough to where I could use my heel to operate them.

    The guests arrived and I started playing, and the din of their voices was so loud that I couldn't hear myself basically at all. I was just playing by feel. About an hour in someone who I recognized from from their website as being the CEO came over mid song and said "We're going to make an announcement, so you can cut it now." And that was it, they shuffled off to the dining area and that was a wrap, started at 6:15, over at 7:15. I could have actually played a second gig I'd subbed out.

    When I got home my wife asked "How was it?" and I replied "I could have played Pop Goes the Weasel the entire time and no one would have noticed." Ah, show biz!
    Yeah, the big corporate gigs always have some measure of irrationality in them. I got a call to play a cocktail hour in Manhattan that paid big bucks, and they wanted jazz guitar. I got to the gig, and played some jazz standards, and the woman in charge comes up to me and says, "We asked you to play jazz guitar!" I said I was playing Ellington, Monk, etc..., and she said to me, "No, I meant JAZZ guitar, like "Hello Dolly", "Mame"
    etc..."

    Then I played another one where like yours, they wanted me to play acoustic guitar. I lugged my '35 D'A in there, and the guy who ran it started saying something about how he knew Elvis Presley, and seemed to have a demeaning attitude towards me. When I sat down to play, he said, "NO! You have to stroll through the audience when you play!" I said, "But they're all standing around, how am I gonna play with people in the way?"
    He said, "I don't care, stroll!" I said, "I don't even have a strap for this guitar; it's got nothing on the side of the guitar to attach a strap to." He said to use a belt, and went somewhere and got me a belt attach to the guitar. I spent an hour bumping into people, while I was strolling around playing as many Elvis songs as I could remember.
    Then there were all the corporate Christmas party gigs I played, where they paid me $600 for four hours of Christmas music. Four hours of Christmas music on solo guitar? By the fourth hour I had exhausted the number of Christmas songs I knew, and I'd either have to repeat some tunes, or play some other music.
    When I did that, the person in charge would start yelling at me not to repeat songs or play anything other than Christmas music. One even refused to pay the booking agent, because she said I repeated some songs.
    I told the booking agent to just give me the bread, and leave me the eff alone.

    I could go on and on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    Well, at least they can say they had jazz with the juleps.
    Can't pass up the chance to post this.

    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgcim View Post
    Yeah, the big corporate gigs always have some measure of irrationality in them. I got a call to play a cocktail hour in Manhattan that paid big bucks, and they wanted jazz guitar. I got to the gig, and played some jazz standards, and the woman in charge comes up to me and says, "We asked you to play jazz guitar!" I said I was playing Ellington, Monk, etc..., and she said to me, "No, I meant JAZZ guitar, like "Hello Dolly", "Mame"
    etc..."

    Then I played another one where like yours, they wanted me to play acoustic guitar. I lugged my '35 D'A in there, and the guy who ran it started saying something about how he knew Elvis Presley, and seemed to have a demeaning attitude towards me. When I sat down to play, he said, "NO! You have to stroll through the audience when you play!" I said, "But they're all standing around, how am I gonna play with people in the way?"
    He said, "I don't care, stroll!" I said, "I don't even have a strap for this guitar; it's got nothing on the side of the guitar to attach a strap to." He said to use a belt, and went somewhere and got me a belt attach to the guitar. I spent an hour bumping into people, while I was strolling around playing as many Elvis songs as I could remember.
    Then there were all the corporate Christmas party gigs I played, where they paid me $600 for four hours of Christmas music. Four hours of Christmas music on solo guitar? By the fourth hour I had exhausted the number of Christmas songs I knew, and I'd either have to repeat some tunes, or play some other music.
    When I did that, the person in charge would start yelling at me not to repeat songs or play anything other than Christmas music. One even refused to pay the booking agent, because she said I repeated some songs.
    I told the booking agent to just give me the bread, and leave me the eff alone.

    I could go on and on...

    Wow man, that is crazy, never run into that situation where they notice if you repeat a song or not.