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#2856135 - 05/19/17 10:14 AM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: DanL]
Outkaster Offline
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Originally Posted By: DanL
Originally Posted By: Outkaster
Dan how is the DE scene generally?


I don't know compared to other markets, but if you have a decent band you can work pretty regularly. As a keyboard player I can pick and choose the bands I work with and maintain a good schedule. I could easily play more if I wanted, both with the 1 band and as a freelancer.

There are a lot of the typical lower paying bar venues, and then we have some decent paying places that once you get into, you usually get steady work if you are good and draw. I opt for those type rooms and play less per month and end up making more money than if I were doing the bar scene 6-8 nights a month.


Ok seems like it's similar to around here.
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#2856186 - 05/19/17 02:54 PM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: Outkaster]
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You guys are lucky.

In Honolulu, there are hardly any places to have a live band. Mostly duos and singles now - playing everything from Hawaiian music to contemporary. There are convention bands but not many.

Now when I say there are hardly any places to have a live band - I mean a place that will pay. There are several places to play for the pay of a single person.
But even so, those are small bars and they don't pay.

When I started out playing music - it was never my intention to play solo or even as a duo. I always loved playing in a "band". So sad to see what is happening now.


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#2856200 - 05/19/17 04:19 PM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: aronnelson]
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Very good in LA- where there are not enough keyboardists. I am busier than ever and that's even after leaving one of my long time gigs because I am too busy. (My choice- no drama or bad feelings or nasty stuff.)

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#2856229 - 05/19/17 06:48 PM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: JohnH]
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So for the guys that are gigging, are you guys making good money or just playing? I could have lots of gigs for nearly nothing - but it's gotta be worth leaving the house.
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#2856231 - 05/19/17 06:53 PM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: aronnelson]
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Just playing. There's almost no money involved for me. Keeps me sane.
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#2856293 - 05/20/17 05:38 AM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: cphollis]
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Our duo is doing well - our regular gigs are still going and we've picked up 1 or 2 more places. The full band is quiet, especially for the summer but we haven't really pursued that configuration due to our duo booked out for 2017.

I've just partially joined another band more as a hired gun where I just get to show up when I want for rehearsals and gigs. Like most new bands, very slow going but it's nice not to worry about that end of things!

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#2856312 - 05/20/17 07:22 AM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: aronnelson]
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Originally Posted By: aronnelson
So for the guys that are gigging, are you guys making good money or just playing? I could have lots of gigs for nearly nothing - but it's gotta be worth leaving the house.


Money isn't the most important thing, but it does play into it a good bit for freelance stuff I pick up. I'm not taking the $100 a man bar gig with a pickup band, but I'll do $100 a man at a cool blues club with guys I enjoy playing with. My other projects don't really do bar gigs so the money is a little better, but again, the fun factor will play into those gigs as well. Stuff like wineries and church carnivals don't pay much better than a bar gig but the environment is a lot nicer and the hours are always better. Those lower paying gigs are offset by the other good stuff we get. The tribute band does nothing but theaters and venues like that and almost all our pay is based off of a % of ticket sales, so we have done well there.
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#2856319 - 05/20/17 08:12 AM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: aronnelson]
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Originally Posted By: aronnelson
So for the guys that are gigging, are you guys making good money or just playing? I could have lots of gigs for nearly nothing - but it's gotta be worth leaving the house.


$200-$300/man. As far as I know my old band is still pulling $400-$450/man but I know they've had to start traveling a little further and take off some days. Depending on how much work it is and what I have to bring, I kind of have a loose minimum of around $150.

Like I said before, there's kind of a core group of bands who have the right formula and are busy and getting decent pay. There are a ton of bands out there struggling to get gigs and taking low pay gigs. But that's always been the case.
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#2856354 - 05/20/17 11:40 AM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: aronnelson]
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Originally Posted By: aronnelson
So for the guys that are gigging, are you guys making good money or just playing? I could have lots of gigs for nearly nothing - but it's gotta be worth leaving the house.



Casino Gigs $2xx.
Corporate/wedding gigs $5xx-6xx
Jazz gigs $50 - $1xx or more depending
Bar/lounge gigs $50 - $150 ish

Obviously the corp gigs give you the freedom to take the other gigs as you'd like to do them or only take the ones you want.
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#2856367 - 05/20/17 12:48 PM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: Bobadohshe]
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Slower than usual, especially in contrast to last year which was busier than usual. I really have no explanation, other than perhaps regression toward the mean.
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#2856393 - 05/20/17 03:18 PM Re: How is your gigging season going so far [Re: _Maximus_]
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It just got a lot better. I joined a band sponsored by the local Harley Davidson dealership, most of the gigs are higher profile openers for national acts and events. It's refreshing to move on from the local bar band circuit.
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