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Re: Bookings are coming in!
cphollis #3051358 06/27/20 06:22 PM
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I got the email yesterday. The piano bar gig I've been working since 2002 is starting up July 2. I had to contact the agent and tell her that I won't be playing it anytime soon. I told my wife that, while I feel in making this decision I may have increased our chances of surviving the virus, I may have also increased our chances of dying of starvation.....

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cphollis #3051362 06/27/20 06:32 PM
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I miss gigs about as much as I miss my nine weeks , 5 days a week radiation sessions for prostate cancer six years ago. wink

I've got my 7-8 miles a day running, one longer run on weekends, one bike day a week and 2-3 hours a day practicing. Hanging with my wife. A very fulfilling life. Who needs it ?!

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Dave Ferris #3051393 06/27/20 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Ferris
I miss gigs about as much as I miss my nine weeks , 5 days a week radiation sessions for prostate cancer six years ago. wink

I've got my 7-8 miles a day running, one longer run on weekends, one bike day a week and 2-3 hours a day practicing. Hanging with my wife. A very fulfilling life. Who needs it ?!

That's a sweet life Dave! Pretty close to what I've got going on. I'm going to go ahead and retire next May (I'll be 64, close enough) and my mission right now is to try to get the money to hold out to get as close as possible to that time.....

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cphollis #3051965 07/01/20 03:37 AM
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Our band's next scheduled show was in mid-July at a good sized venue with indoor and outside places for people. Band plays indoors. We were told that the club would "honor our gig" though lots of stipulations that took the fun out of it. We opted to pass on the gig, which feels right at the moment.

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cphollis #3052471 07/04/20 02:47 AM
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Any updates on how people’s gigs are going these days?

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I'll let you know in November when I have my next gig that was rescheduled from May.


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eric #3052475 07/04/20 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by eric
Any updates on how people’s gigs are going these days?

We have a duo gig outside on next Friday. We've played there once already.
They do it very well, a large outdoor patio area, just a few tables. All staff wearing masks and gloves. We can easily stand 6+ feet apart and put the tip jar at a safe distance in front of us.
A wine bar with great food, not a cheap dive at all. So the clientele is respectful and safe.

2 sets from 7-9. Near the water, an ocean breeze is usually wafting through. $75 each plus tips and comps on food and drink. The meals are pretty awesome.
A fun, relaxed and easy gig.

Some other local bands cancelled and we offered to pick up all of their gigs. Since we don't really have anything else this summer it's good to have something!


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Still nothing live for me. Seen some friends playing outdoors, small backyard parties and such but I haven't gotten any calls like that. I would be wearing a mask for sure if I did any of that.

Studio-wise, done a few sessions. One project, I showed up earlier on in the pandemic as the only person with a mask on and got a few funny looks and jokes and what not. Yeah, yeah, then we do another session three weeks later and everyone is masked up except the rich boomer paying for the thing. I don't mean to say a-fuckin-atodaso but a-fuckin-atodaso.


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Passed on July 4 freebie gig - outdoors, big stage. But with the surge here, band members were relieved to back out. And today's backyard jam was cancelled. Turns out the drummer has a concussion. She says it's very painful to play. So we would've probably cancelled on the July 4 gig anyway.

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cphollis #3052490 07/04/20 03:52 AM
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Our state of Victoria is now an Australian social pariah or more so "unclean" to the rest of the country.

We have just gone big time into a covid reoccurrence and lockdowns far worse than the first time. Originally it looked like Victoria was coping the best. Now we are on our own.

Im lucky in my area which is on a holiday peninsula to be not in relockdown but the rest of Melbourne is pretty much stuffed.

I went back to practise a few weeks ago and although ok i was very apprehensive being my lungs are 33% capacity.

That next week melbourne went viral again so i declined practise then. This week the guitarist could not attend so gave me an excuse to decline again but i am feeling a push to be there which im not happy with. Im doing my best to avoid practise presently. They know how i feel but i feel they are over the lockdowns. Ironically they are older then me so also high risk. I hope that fact holds them off practise.

Melbourne is literally annexed from the rest of the country with snide remarks about us from interstate and no one allowed from Melbourne to go interstate.

That being said i see no foreseeable gigs here especially as we are in middle of winter and this holiday peninsular has very few gigs in winter anyway.

I feel the future is very bleak for me gigging wise. Especially as i also am not sure if after this big break my damaged health will not be able to tolerate carrying gear anymore. It was very very difficult then.

Ive always figured this will be my last band due to my health but never expected a virus to actually hasten my end to gigging.

Ive thought about buying a Compact 2x because its lighter than my privia but im scared to spend money on an item ill get no gigging out of.

I thought gigs nearer xmas but now i dont think even that. Melbourne surely will be stuffed for quite a while for gigs...surely?

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It looked like we were just about to start getting gigs again, then Florida took off with new Covid cases. They banned by the drink alcohol consumed on the premises.

The July 4 gig canceled immediately

The July 3 gig stayed open, because they made the majority of their money in food sales

But, I had to cancel all gigs for a while. My heart surgeon told me that since I was extreme high risk due to my heart condition, and the heart surgery I had to replace a diseased aortic heart valve, I needed to basically quarantine myself from all gigs until the herd immunity kicked in, and the virus was essentially defeated.

So, time to set things up again in my office and get some recording done.

I have an idea to do some Christian music with a Blues groove.


"In the beginning, Adam had the blues, 'cause he was lonesome.
So God helped him and created woman.

Now everybody's got the blues."

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Mr nightime you definately have to be careful. Very careful

Ah the other Melbourne. Hee hee.

Its school holidays down here presently in my Melbourne and my wife just was told minutes ago that quarantine suburb people have descended upon our local supermarkets like locusts (today is saturday) and are buying us out of products as their local supermarkets have started limiting food purchases. Also their suburbs arent in total lockdown till after the holidays where i believe theyll be limited in leaving the suburb (dont get why government held off after giving stern warnings of imminent lockdowns.

But just now she saw they are locking down public housing towers in those infected areas as we speak as they have spread the "black lung" like wildfire. But this after allowing school holiday travel to creep like the blob around the state the whole last week.

So all these visitors here this week will have put at risk our community so that has made me resilute in not going to practise.

Fortunately we dont shop in supermarkets anymore and get it delivered but i do have to frequent the Post Office often each week which is part of a supermarket mall. I try to get there at opening after the place has been dormant all night and before too many people seep into the building.

Ahh finally living my favoured appococlypse movies in realtime..life is good. Hee hee.

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Originally Posted by AUSSIEKEYS
We have just gone big time into a covid reoccurrence and lockdowns far worse than the first time. Originally it looked like Victoria was coping the best. Now we are on our own.

Very tough times ahead for our Victorian friends but hopefully you’ll get on top of this second wave soon.

Stay safe and healthy brother.

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cphollis #3052575 07/04/20 07:05 PM
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Gigs are pretty much the last thing on my mind here in FL. We may be looking at another NYC situation, though with some advances in treatment perhaps not with as much loss of life. 15% positive and 11,000 positive cases (out of 80,000) yesterday is not exactly confidence-boosting. Really worried about my brother who works in ICU. I don't see any possibility for a gig for many months, likely talking 2021 if not longer. By that time I'd guess many of our places would have closed at worst, gone to duos to save money or just said "can't afford music." But I don't worry about that far out, just trying to stay safe. No fricking clue what I do with my youngest kid about to start high school. I really don't want to keep him home any more(this hasn't been a good summer), but sending him to high school there's a good chance of "we'll all get this in our house" even if it's not that risky for him.

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cphollis #3052582 07/04/20 08:31 PM
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I'm assuming there will be a cultural shift following the pandemic. The majority of old musicians (like me) will decide to retire from gigging and old bar patrons (like me) will not revive their habit of going out on Saturday nights.
That will leave the gigs to DJs or something else I'm too old to know about.
Sure there will be pockets of regional hold outs, but I think this has decimated the already decimated industry.
What must it have been like when big band orchestras no longer could get gigs? The kids started rock n roll.
Were out, they are in. Unless you are going to be the hip cool old guy. We've all seen those.
I want to be wrong.

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DJs, or partial bands (maybe just one person) running a ton of tracks and sounding like 20 people. That was already very accepted in my area--people don't care if the music is live or not-- I think this will accelerate it. Some bar owners would not hire our guitarist for his solo gigs since he doesn't run tracks, and many bands are basically lip-syncing and (at best) using their instruments as backups in case the tracks fail.

At least the rock 'n roll kids were actually playing the music though I'm sure the big band guys didn't really see it as "music" smile

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My Mrs. works healthcare for the elderly, so after playing a couple of local empty arena, live FB gigs (for free), I’ve bowed out from the busy band. They had another freebie, outside last night...it probably would have been okay with the mandated closed dance floor and there was an actual, three foot high stage. However looking at the photos, only saw about four masks in the “crowd” of thirty-some. It is best I didn’t go.

My personal “stay at home“ orders prevented a 4th gig...in the basement of a military-town VFW, in a hot-spot county. They are going ahead with the show with a previous key-guy filling in. He’s way better than me anyhoo and really needs the gig because his new popular, super talented band has had everything cancel on them.

They have another one next week...that is still on for now, but the county is supposed to make an announcement on Tuesday whether bars can stay open.

My other band has a booking on the 25th at a small local brewery. Ugh! I want to go sooooooo bad, but for the well being of my wife and her residents, I’ll probably decline. Perhaps the Tuesday announcement will make that call for me.


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A few random observations after doing a month of gigs that I think apply to all - whether you're in a band, a DJ, or just out for the night.

On top of the obvious things to look for - such as large club size, physical distancing of tables, and entertainment separation for you - does the club have proper security for floor monitoring? This makes all the difference in the world when it comes to people observing distancing and masking rules. It just has to be there, or things aren't even remotely safe.

Kind of a surprise - younger people seem to be "getting it" when it comes to masking up better than their older counterparts. Most wouldn't be caught dead in a plain old generic mask, and have stylish distinctive facial coverings for going out. Masks are now required indoors in Oregon, but last night was still a big night - a triple combination of 4th of July Eve (always one of the biggest nights of the summer season), a Friday, and this year a federal holiday... all rolled into one. There was a party going on, dancing was really strong, and the whole room kinda looked like a Halloween in July.

Another surprise - business has been very strong post-quarantine everywhere. Clubs that I thought would stick to singles and duos are moving straight into bands. Covid and it's restrictions don't seem to matter much to club goers - admittedly a group that you would not call risk averse anyway. They just want to go out.

Last night we were so busy that I'm not sure I want to do any more - completely different than my usual thinking. So you guys who get calls for gigs and think it won't be busy... think again. But (pure speculation here) I think we're going to get shut down again fairly soon anyway, so it doesn't really matter.

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Stay safe and healthy brother.

Thanks cowboy very kind of you. I hope Adelaide is going ok. Becareful if giggings started back for you.

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cphollis #3052620 07/05/20 01:25 AM
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Jazz clubs here are reopening this week or next – mostly piano trios, a couple of singers, no horns. I want to support them to keep them afloat but they are way too small to effectively physically distance. Got an offer to do piano/guitar/vocal trio at one of these clubs in early August; I agreed with the caveat that if cases start to spike again in the next week or two then I'm out...

Got a call to restart my semi-regular restaurant piano/vocal gig in a couple of weeks. Thankfully the restaurant is very long so if they're limiting capacity then we'll be okay. I am not the singer so I can wear a mask while I play.

I thought I'd be chomping at the bit to play again, but I'm really in no hurry to rush into these situations. I am assuming my touring gigs are done for a long time... the last place I want to be is in a tin can with recycled air for hours on end.


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I've played three gigs in the past two days – two solo, and one duo with a singer. Solo shows were outdoors, distanced and lovely. Duo show was an indoor party with a small crowd that, much to my dismay, were all unmasked. The crowd-to-room-size ratio, the fact that they were all distanced from me if not each other, and the fact that I was right under a ceiling fan made it less worrisome than it might have been. But it made me realize that my eagerness to do a gig for real people had caused me to let me guard down and not vet the circumstances the way I should have. That won't happen again.

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