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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2010-01-05T13:08:55+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=8&t=10594 2010-01-05T13:08:55+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10594&p=101326#p101326 <![CDATA[Re: Playing GREAT- to an empty room...]]>
it's partly for the above reasons that i have come to love either an evening patio gig at a joint that has one, or just street or farmers market busking on a weekend day. people can smoke, they're walking around, it's a lot looser. maybe not as lucrative but much better for the soul imho.

reason #1 why i do music is i was given this gift, it was no choice of mine initially. once i made a commitment to myself, the die was cast. there were many times i tried to quit playing and i have always been compelled to get back to it before long. so it's out of love for the music first, and secondly i hope to break even. but the social aspects are very attractive also, i can never get enough of making music that people respond to. and i can never get enough of being on a stage playing live with my peers and betters, having new adventures most times out.

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2010-01-05T08:55:41+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10594&p=101325#p101325 <![CDATA[Re: Playing GREAT- to an empty room...]]>
jbone1 wrote:
i think it's harder these days to get a gig, and also to get one that pays very well. i know it's true here. i've been in this scene as a part time musician for several years now and if i break even after gas, food, maybe lodging, it's a good night.

It's definitely harder to get gigs here in the UK these days than it was a couple of years ago.
I actually blame the smoking ban. It's nice that you don't need a bath when you get home and your clothes don't stink, but it means a lot of empty room gigs, people standing outside make for a less involved audience.
Also, hardly any of the available gigs are paid any more. Bar managers only want bands who'll bring a bunch of fans (aka captive bar customers) in, so they don't care what anyone plays, just about that bottom line.
Maybe things will pick up a little way down the road, who knows?

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2010-01-02T16:16:21+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10594&p=101248#p101248 <![CDATA[Re: Playing GREAT- to an empty room...]]>
i think it's harder these days to get a gig, and also to get one that pays very well. i know it's true here. i've been in this scene as a part time musician for several years now and if i break even after gas, food, maybe lodging, it's a good night.

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2009-12-24T01:13:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10594&p=100941#p100941 <![CDATA[Re: Playing GREAT- to an empty room...]]> P.S (I wish you had your location listed in your profile, so we could relate better and learn about your part of the world).
Bill

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2009-12-23T22:19:07+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10594&p=100933#p100933 <![CDATA[Re: Playing GREAT- to an empty room...]]> Statistics: Posted by stewie — Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:19 pm


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2009-12-22T17:10:37+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10594&p=100911#p100911 <![CDATA[Re: Playing GREAT- to an empty room...]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:10 pm


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2009-12-22T05:30:38+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10594&p=100903#p100903 <![CDATA[Playing GREAT- to an empty room...]]>
i have seen this before of course. if you play out live for even a year you'll likely see the same thing.

i used to be very discouraged by this when it happened. not so much now. i look at the plus side of the equation: i get to play out live, the people i'm with and i get tighter, we have a great time, and in this case we were both fed very well and paid our guarantee! and we also booked back at the place when it's going to be busier for sure- during a fest coming up there in april! both the duo and the 4 piece!

my take on it is this- put out what you came to put out, no matter if it's 3, 30, or 3000 people watching. chances are you will win a fan or two, and when you act professionally, chances are this may get you another booking.

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