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Gig #49 The Log jam with guest performer Chris Hillabrand

Gig #49

12/26/13
Gig #49 The Log jam With Guest Performer Chris Hillabrand
The Gig:
Not much new to write about here.  Chris, the owner of the Log Jam in Grand Ledge MI. has been having me in regularly on Fridays the last couple of months.
It was kind of an interesting start to the evening.  I arrived at about 8:20 which gave me about 40 minutes to set up.  I brought in all my gear but wasn’t able to stage it where I usually do because there was an extra table set up and a table of 2 that were still eating in the area where I usually set up.  So I stacked all my stuff up in the corner and went up to the bar to say hello and get a drink.   It wasn’t long until the table of 2 were finished and gone.  One of the waitresses’ quickly cleared the table so I could set up.  As I started setting up the owner, Chris came over to say hello.  We talked about his heating system (my back ground is in HVAC) and just general small talk.  Before I knew it was after 9:00 so I made comment that I better set up before the management gets mad.  He just kind of laughed kept talking for another 15-20 minutes.  After we were done I scrambled to get everything set as fast as I could.  I checked the sound, made a few adjustments then started playing.  But just as I started I broke a sweat from hurrying so fast and once I started I couldn’t stop for half an hour.  Plus it seems that air coming out of the diffuser that blows on me is either hot or cold nothing in between and for that first half an hour it was hot, how embarrassing.  When I first started gigging I would sweat like crazy because I was so nervous, now her I was doing it again.
The Lesson Learned :
A tip that my friend Chip gave me was to move out a little and position myself and one of the speakers so I can hear myself better has been paying off.  I would bring in my monitor but there just doesn’t seem to be enough room.
How did I create a “buzz” for this gig? (An added new segment)
As I mentioned in my Gig #43 commentary, I don’t think I’ve talked at all about marketing one’s self yet. This is a subject that I’ll get into more throughout my remaining blogs.
It is always good to try to create some type of a “buzz” for lack of a better term about your gigs, to draw in as many people as possible, hence tims52gigs blog.
Again my buddy Chris Hillabrand played the last set with me.  So this was the buzz that which I put out on Facebook and in the email I sent out to promote my gig.  Now that I thinking about it I should have updated my listing on the lansingningtout website that Chis was playing with me.  See, there is always something more you can do to promote yourself.
The Music:
The music went pretty good.  I was able to plug my Tascam DR-05 digital recorder to an output on my mixer to record the show.  Listening back is always interesting and insightful.  We did pretty well together but we need to work on getting a little tighter in a few spots.  It will come with more practice and live performance experience.  Chris has been coming over about once a week for the past 5 or 6 weeks to practice in preparation of the big #52 which takes place March 9.
I’ll post some pictures and maybe a video or two that friends took at the show.
Special thanks to:
  • To Chris (the owner of the Log Jam) for inviting me back again
  • Several of my friends that came out once again to show the support
  • My wife Kim, for enduring yet another Friday having to listen to her husband sing in lieu of several other things she could be doing.  Thanks again for the support honey.
  • My Buddy Chris Hillabrand for sitting in on my last set.  We’ll see what the future holds for us as far a making the Tim and Chris show a regular thing.  52 more gigs?
Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

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