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The blue rinse mob

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:20 pm
by lightninboy
Just got home from one of the strangest nights I've had lately.
We played at a big flash sporting club, full of pokies and old fossil's.
The average age was about 70, no joke!
Musta been 250 of em packed in. They dug our music, I think.
Well, they clapped after each song, and listened intently.
250 is quite a large crowd, and I enjoyed playing to them.
My mate Billy, who owns the 4000w P/A we were playing through, oddly enough hasn't got a clue how to run it, and every now and then as he's trying to adjust something, there's a full on, ear splitting, 4000w feedback issue, that frightens the living suitcase out of you.
Or a big POP! (And I mean BIG).
After a sudden and paticularly violent combination of the two, a poor old lady in front nearly had a heart attack, and spent 5 minutes being fanned by 2 of her friends.
I wondered if we could be sued if she'd had a heart attack. Or liable for any hearing aid damage. Or held responsible for soiled undergarments. :shock:

They all hung around, seemingly having a good time, until the start of the 3rd set, when the management anounced the winning numbers to some kind of door prizes.
Everyone checked there tickets, then almost in single file, trotted off home, leaving us wondering what the **** had just happened.
About 30 people stayed on, but the place felt empty for the last set.
It was an early gig, 6.30-9.30, so it wasn't like "passed their bedtime" or anything.
I have 2 more gigs there next month. The money is good, and its a great venue, but the ego suffers!
Maybe we should hold a free raffle, and read the winning numbers after the 3rd bracket.
Any idea's? :idea:
How can we keep the old codgers around for the last set?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:33 pm
by oleman
Actually lightninboy, nine thirty is past most of the codgers bed time especially if they've had any alcohol.

Raffels sound like a good ploy though. Box of depends, six pack of Viagra, bottle of oxygen, maybe a free ride down to the clinic.

I sympathize with Billy, I cant run our PA either.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:03 am
by bosco
How can we keep the old codgers around for the last set?

You can't. Forgettaboutit!

You aren't the sole reason they are there....they'd be there for the booze and slot machines anyway. Don't let your ego suffer as you are just a part of a bigger entertainment pie.

Same thing happened to us a couple years ago. We played a lawn BBQ for a Masonic Lodge of about 200 old fogies. We played a couple of sets while they ate and applauded politely. Just as we were ready to start the third set they announced BINGO would commence inside the Lodge. About 170 of 'em got up and went inside on a beautiful summer afternoon and we were left with about 30 people. If it was any consolation, they were the 30 that cared the most about the music and we got paid anyway.

No worries mate.

Bosco

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:33 pm
by 1four5
Blues up some old gospel tunes or 40-50's era country. Something they know. I don't have a lot of experience, but we do a lot of rest home shows and play at the VA, and they love stuff they know. We always get the biggest reaction to old gospel, and it's a lot of fun doing it with a shuffle. Blues versions of Patsy Clines Crazy or Walking after Midnight go over huge. They get stuff they know and we get to play it how we like. We tried a country blues version of Roll Over Bethoven last night at the VA...big mistake...we lost half the room, dang devil music... :roll:

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:01 pm
by stumblin
Audiences are often really strange bunches of people, eh?
We've played to some motley collections of beings who might have been borrowed for the night from Mme. Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors.
The old-age-pensioners sound like a terrific bunch by comparison.