When it doesn't fit anywhere else
 #160531  by Pete B.
 Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:21 am
I just saw this on FB from a local Guitar slinger who gets called on ocassionally to tour nationally with various country/rockabilly/surf Artists out of LA...
"I need to make some $
Anybody need a guitar player
Pretty good on bass too"
 #160536  by WokeUpDead
 Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:06 pm
Pete B. wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:18 am
My advice is to go directly to applying for a position in a Nationally Touring jam band.
Anything else, you might as well have a day job and play locally whenever.
I can't stand the the thought of having to give lessons, myself. (unless I feel giving a lesson for free to a friend).
If you can make $100/day, under the table, that's $36,500 a year.
Seem doable?
Where are these jobs posted? :cool: I could certainly live on that but I definitely can't get that playing locally. We get maybe 40-50 bucks plus tips around here. Finding a gig every night is unlikely.
 #160537  by tcsned
 Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:35 pm
strumminsix wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:56 pm
Here's my experience:
1997 - $5 cover, nobody complained
2007 - $5 cover, people begged to be on a list --------------------- $7 people wouldn't show up.
2017 - $5 cover, people checked facebook to see who said they'd be there and then decide ------------- $7 will turn off many, $10 will turn off most

Meanwhile:
1997 - $2 MGD
2007 - $3 MGD
2017 - $4 MGD

The problem is that the whole scene is different. Live music isn't what it used to be. Somewhere there's a cosmic disconnect between venues and fans and it doesn't hurt that Deadheads are getting older and don't desire to be at the bars til 2am.

I'm quite convinced that there's a huge untapped market for 6-10pm gigs for folks that love live music but don't party like they're 20 anymore.
Yup. In Floyd, VA where we play a lot and has a lot of the 40-60 year old heads we play 8-midnight and we do well. Pretty soon we will be playing for the “eats dinner at 4:30” crowd :shock:
 #160538  by strumminsix
 Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:36 pm
tcsned wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:35 pm
strumminsix wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:56 pm
I'm quite convinced that there's a huge untapped market for 6-10pm gigs for folks that love live music but don't party like they're 20 anymore.
Yup. In Floyd, VA where we play a lot and has a lot of the 40-60 year old heads we play 8-midnight and we do well. Pretty soon we will be playing for the “eats dinner at 4:30” crowd :shock:
LOL! I'm with you! I'm on hiatus for a bit but it seems like i have 2 groups of friends: out both weekend nights, no matter what partying somewhere (like 5% of folks I know) and the rest who work 50 hour weeks plus family that'd love to get out for a few hours but getting home at 3am doesn't work anymore.
 #160539  by WokeUpDead
 Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:02 pm
strumminsix wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:36 pm
tcsned wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:35 pm
strumminsix wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:56 pm
I'm quite convinced that there's a huge untapped market for 6-10pm gigs for folks that love live music but don't party like they're 20 anymore.
Yup. In Floyd, VA where we play a lot and has a lot of the 40-60 year old heads we play 8-midnight and we do well. Pretty soon we will be playing for the “eats dinner at 4:30” crowd :shock:
LOL! I'm with you! I'm on hiatus for a bit but it seems like i have 2 groups of friends: out both weekend nights, no matter what partying somewhere (like 5% of folks I know) and the rest who work 50 hour weeks plus family that'd love to get out for a few hours but getting home at 3am doesn't work anymore.
We have a monthly gig on Saturday nights starting at 8pm but due to scheduling issues and what not we've had to switch several times to Sunday or Saturday afternoons and the place is packed! Makes our lives easier getting done with the gig at as reasonable hour.
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 #160579  by tapestry
 Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:04 pm
I have been a full time/ pro mucisian for about 5 years. I work harder/longer now than at any of my previous other 9-5 jobs. But, this is my passion and I don’t mind the long hours, sleepless nights, constant travel, endless paperwork and the many hours a day of guitar and vocal work. It’s the best job, although the hardest, I’ve ever had.

My tip would be to not think that a musicians life will be an easy, laxadasical life. Set realistic expectations and give 110% into it. It will be hard, but if you love it, it won’t matter how difficult it gets.
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