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Archive for March, 2012

Gig #34 The Log Jam

Gig #34
3/23/12
Gig #34 The Log Jam (Grand Ledge)

The Gig:
This gig was scheduled a few weeks back. This was the 3rd Friday gig that I’ve had at the Log Jam. Chris, the owner of the Log Jam, wanted to experiment with some Friday entertainment

The Lesson Learned:
Don’t let rain flood your speaker …..
Usually I park in the parking lot beside the bar and carry in my gear from there. This evening it was raining hard so I decided to park on the street in front of the bar with my flashers on and carry my gear in from there. I opened the back door of my truck topper and dropped the tail gate. I pulled out one of my speakers, closed the tail gate and headed for the door. On trip number two I dropped my tail gate and before I pulled the speaker out where it could get wet I turned it on the side to grab the handle. When I did, rain water ran out of the front of the speaker. Apparently, even though I closed the tailgate and left the topper cover open (blocking the rain) water must have accumulated on the topper door then run down the edge of it and right into my speaker. I brought the speaker in and placed it face down on the floor so it could drain. I left it there for about half an hour at which point it was time for me to start playing. I set it up on the stand, plugged it in and powered it up. I guess I got lucky this time because everything worked fine.

The Music:
The quality of the sound was good. I didn’t use a monitor this time and didn’t have any problems hearing myself. The venue stayed about half full throughout the evening. I played Red Solo Cup for the first time at this venue and it was a hit.

Special thanks to:
• Chris, the owner of the Log Jam for giving me yet another opportunity to share and practice my craft
• My wife Kim for her continued support and proofing these commentaries.
• A few friends that came out and supported me, to name a few, Mike, Jeff, Dave, Kristen, Joe and Terry.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #33 Grand Ledge St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Opera House

Gig #33
3/17/12
Gig #33 Grand Ledge St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Opera House

The Gig:
I was one of 5 or 6 artist to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Grand Ledge Opera house.

The Lesson Learned:
As I sat in the audience listening to other performers play before it was my turn to go on, I was pretty impressed with the quality of the sound. When it was my turn, I plugged in my guitar. The guy running the sound board told me to strum a few times and check the mic. He gave me the thumbs up and I started playing. The monitors did not work and from my position behind the speakers the audio sounded extremely bassy. With the rich bassy tone I felt like I needed to back off the guitar and especially the lower base string which felt un-natural, which I’m sure it diminished my performance. Again, I’m sure that with more experience this gets easier to deal with

The Music:
I played a few Irish songs, “Molly Malone” and Wild Rover” along with a few other cover songs. The response from the audience was pretty good and the Irish tunes seemed to be liked by all. For my last selection I played for the first time in public “Red Solo Cup” which was definitely the favorite of the songs I performed.

Note: The performer in the photo is Chip Christy, a Grand Ledge native and well know performer in Michigan area.

Special thanks to:
• Dan O’Shea for inviting me to play at the event.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #32 Log Jam (3/10/12)

Gig #32
3/10/12
Gig #32 The Log Jam (Grand Ledge)

Click here for a short video of Wish you were here

The Gig:
This gig as stated above was again at the Log Jam. That being said, to date I’ve play quite a few times at this venue so giving to much detail would be somewhat redundant. Therefore I will leave today’s entry quite lean.

The turnout was great. Someone noted on Face Book the following morning that 34 of the patrons that came out to the gig where from my neighborhood as well as a few other friend from other areas. So let the truth be told; I don’t know how someone could get started in this business without the support of family and friends. Business is business, the only reason you get called back to do a gig is because your current presence or hopefully your future presence will bring in more dollars. I can only speak for myself but I’m not good enough to do this by myself, to bring in enough people to keep getting this gig over and over. It is because of all the support I get, friends and family that actually come out and buy food and or drinks. Of course, the objective is to gain more experience and to get better over time and eventually be able to hold my own and that seems to starting to happen. But until that time – friends and family have been paving the way. I’m so thankful and fortunate to have them.

The Lesson Learned:
I used a monitor again. At low volumes it seemed to work pretty well. As the night went on I had to turned the master volume up a few times. I started having some issues with what sounded to me like way to much bass tones. I turned the low EQ all the down on the monitor which didn’t seem to help much. I inquired the opinions of some trusted friends and they said the sound was fine, no bass issues. It may have been from the mains. So I still have much to learn regarding set-up.
The Music:
The list of songs continues to grow. I added Red Solo Cup, Baby I love Your Way and Can’t You See to the lineup.

I continue to develop as far as getting more audience participation. During the last set I had people singing Brown Eyed Girl with Me and I had both sides of the room taking turns singing the “Sha la la, la la, la la, la la, l-la te da” thing. During one of the other songs two girls came up to sing with me.

Special thanks to:
• Everybody that came out to support me. I appreciate it so much!!

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #31 Waterfront Bar & Grill (3/9/12)

Commentary coming soon.

Gig #30 Deb’s Birthday Party (3/3/12)

Commentary coming soon.

Gig #29, The Log Jam (2-24-12)

The Gig:
This was the 2nd of two Friday gigs back to back at the Log Jam. The owner normally doesn’t do live entertainment on Friday nights. We talked a couple weeks ago about giving it a try to see how it would work out. The turnout was great. He has asked me to get back with him next week to schedule some more dates. I’m guessing it worked out pretty good for him.

The Lesson Learned:
I had a lot on interaction with the audience which seemed to add a more entertaining element to the show. At one point I had 5 or 6 couples out in front of me slow dancing to a Garth Brooks song. There was also a birthday in the house, so I played off that as well. I had a damn good time. This was probably the largest group of people I’ve had to date that have in one way or another got involved with the show.

The Music:
Two gigs ago I had a hard time with the sound. Before last week’s show I made some adjustment which seemed to correct the problem. This week I set everything up the same and the sound again was fine. Other than that, nothing new to share.

Special thanks to:
• Everybody that came out to support me. I appreciate it so much!!
• Chris, for again providing me the platform to share my love for music and hone my skills.

Looking forward to the next gig .
Tim