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What's Your New Year's Eve Gig?


Dave Pierce

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I haven't taken a NYE gig the last couple of years because the right combination of good venue, good pay, good music hadn't presented itself. But this year I got called to play with the Kool Katz at a local radio station's NYE bash:

 

http://www.981kissfm.com/pages/newyears2010.html

 

Fancy upscale hotel, solid band with a fun repertoire and pay that makes it worth renting a room at the venue and buying the wife a nice dress. :D I'm actually really looking forward to it!

 

Because it's the radio station's party, and there is another room with a radio station DJ, the band isn't playing much of the R&B repertoire, and is instead playing all Latin stuff. Salsa, cumbias, Latin Rock and Latin Jazz. A bit of a stretch for me, but they have charts for everything, and I've had the list for a while now, so I'm ready. Even did a couple of rehearsals with the band. Should be a blast.

 

So, what about you? Are you playing on New Year's Eve? And if so, will it be fun for you?

 

--Dave

 

Make my funk the P-funk.

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Im playing a gig New Years Eve with a 6 piece Funk/Soul band. Their keyboard player has another commitment so they hired me to fill in. So far its turned out to be a lot of work on my part, but hopefully it will pay off and they will hire me at least a few more times. With the time I have in this gig I will not be making much money per hour, but I see it as a learning experience and an investment in future gigs. (I really think they will hire me again, again and again)

 

I had never played any of the songs and had only heard about 30% of them. I have played mostly country and classic rock. It is the first time I have played a clav sound outside my headphones and Im learning and patching up a bunch of horn and synth parts. They dig my Rhodes, clav, horns and love the XK-1. Im really having a ball!

 

I have a great, better paying, private party New Years day gig near Park City with the rock band Ive been playing with for the last couple months. The only problem is getting on the road in the early morning after being out late on New Years Eve. I hope it doesnt snow.

 

I am expecting both these gigs to be fun, but I am really looking forward to playing with the funk band. ...Getting some strange!

 

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No New Year's gig this year (I'm kinda glad and relieved), but for any Mid-Atlantic KC guys who might be interested, I'm on a pretty special gig this Sunday night in Richmond.

 

Forgive the plug: the musicians are coming in from out of town, as far away as Illinois - all highly regarded, burnin' players (some you may have heard of.) So KC friends are invited - feel free to PM me for details so I don't hijack the thread further.

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The Music Hall/Cabaret show I'm part of is throwing a New Year's Eve bash. But it's not going to be a Cabaret show (ie no dancers, just the band with 1 male and 1 female vocalist).

 

The repertoire is ginormous! And it spans 70 years! Tons of medleys. I've got a book of charts heavy enough to kill a small Mexican family.

 

Luckily I haven't gigged since last weekend and I don't have anything until NYE, so plenty of time to setup my patches and practice my ass off. Should be a fun night.

 

I'm also gigging with my cover band on the 1st and 2nd. That's going to feel like breeze after I get through the 31st.

Ian Benhamou

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New Band freshly formed and our second gig is on NYE for an Indian / anglo corporate function.....happy with the pay and learnin lots of songs I hope will only be emergency songs in the future as well as stuff I like [as front man] ...and I tell you I refused to learn that stupid Chicken Dance thing [how can rock and roll players even suggest such a stupid thing...i dont care if it gets them dancing..it'll get me walking.....arrrrrrgh...]

 

man I am bringing the two who posted the advert for the band into the future...ie the 80's...I cant believe that they missed it [they are not much older than me]...once these early gigs are out of the way I hope to slowly repress their 50's time warp. and take them back..way back to the 80's...then slowly walk them thru to the future.

 

other than covering more than a fair share of early songs this band is shaping up nicely so far, and NYE gig should keep us motivated.

 

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Very nice location this year - the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. (actually it's now one of my two steady gigs). We'll be up there overlooking all the action on the strip - including fireworks, etc. (playing tunes too, although I guess everyone bails out after the fireworks at midnight).
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I have nothing but that's not necessarily a bad thing... I like spending NYE with my wife. Nice quiet evening, good meal, some wine.

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An unusually good one for me this year - I've been invited to a very low-key party at a friends house.....

 

only about 20 people but we're all good friends & around the same age (40-45).....

 

none of that rowdy stuff we used to do when we were younger!

 

His wife phoned me the other day to ask if I'd play their piano (an any suggestions?/sing-a-long impromptu thing) once the

 

appropriate amount of alcohol has been consumed :eek: ! (& yes, it does include the obligatory 'Auld Lang Syne'!)

 

So - no carting gear about & stuff... should be a really nice chilled-out evening :).

 

 

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My 9-piece funk/soul band is playing a NYE party at a local country club. We've done a similar gig for the past 5+ years, rotating through about 3 of the nicest country clubs in Richmond. These are fairly predictable parties, good pay, good food, as fun as we make them to be. Sometimes the clientele is a little on the boring side, but it will be a fun party overall. I'm wondering what I can do from a gear standpoint to make it even more interesting.

 

SK - I'm hitting you up to see what's up for Sunday night.

 

Regards

Eric

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We have a steady (last 4 years) NYE gig at a country club near my home. I'm thankful to have it because two other established local bands are not working. I received a call from the management on Friday telling me that reservations are down, and could I send an email to my band mailing list (250+) letting them know they could come to the club from 10:00PM to 1:00AM for $50 per person, open bar. (4 course steak/lobster dinner is $125 per person) Everyone around here is concerned with drinking and driving (correctly so)and it and the general economy has impacted NYE. Who knows what next year will hold...

Jim Wells

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This year will be the first time I've played NYE solo in a while. Past four, I've had a duo gig with my female singer at an agricultural college. It was a great gig because we got NYE money but the DJ started up at 10.30 and we could be home for the chimes of Big Ben.

 

Unfortunately, the college this year decided to stop hosting events of its own, concentrating purely on private hire. So that's that gone for ever.

 

This year I'm doing piano/vocal in an Italian restaurant. Downside: money not quite so good and will have to play up till midnight. Upside: It's only seven miles from home.

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Im rather guarded about our NYE gig this year. For the past four years we've played at this banquet hall across the parking lot from a night club, where we have also played. The owners of the night club also own the banquet hall, and after dinner we would get a lot of cross-traffic from the night club, and overall it was a fun gig. This year, however, they decided just to have the party at the night club; no dinner option/banquet hall component. So we were out of a gig until about two months ago, when we played this remote restaurant/night club literally in the middle of an Indiana corn field. Its actually a pretty cool club, just in the middle of BFE. Anyhow, after the gig the owners asked us if we would share NYE with their band (the owners are husband/wife that play in a classic rock band). We would play one 90-minute set, and then they would finish the night with a 90-minute set. Meals/drinks for the band and our spouses were included, and it was looking like a semi-work, mostly-fun gig.

 

Well, about one week ago we called the night club to touch base/confirm details and we were unable to speak with the owners. However, the owners daughter informed us that her parents were getting a divorce and are not playing together anymore. So now it looks like we may have to do the whole night, and we have since been unable to establish contact with the owners to discuss any pay adjustment, how ticket sales are going, etc. So what looked like would be a mostly-fun gig has now transformed into a mostly-work situation, with questionable pay. Hell, I'm not sure if there will even be a gig at this point.....

 

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- George Bernard Shaw

 

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This is the second NYE that my band is not working. We could have accepted any number of bar gigs that pay $800.00, but my band mates aren't interested in making that kind of wage for the night.

�Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!�

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I've just been informed that the big band gig scheduled for NYE has been canceled. I'm disappointed because I love playing in (good) big bands, and because of the money (I'm broke big time). But I'll try to organize some form of 'musical' NYE dinner with friends.

 

 

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We did one of those local radio station/hotel NYE parties a few years ago - it was lots of fun. They did package deals and it was all you could eat/drink for a flat fee. They had multiple rooms with 4 bands altogether, we alternated sets with one band in the main ballroom.

 

This year we're playing Ameristar Casino in St. Louis. Can't drink when you play the casinos here, but that's not necessarily a bad thing since I know the cops will be checking hard on the way home...not that I'd drive drunk, but I'd rather be able to say I had NOTHING instead of a couple (which is what everybody says). Plus my wife can come out and have a few if she wants and I'll be the DD for a change.

 

The pay's pretty good, too.

Dan

 

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Very upscale hotel/resturant in downtown Dallas. Second year doing this gig. Was a lot of fun last year......
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It's booked until 1, but it's an older crowd. I'm thinking that most of them will bail after the countdown. It's all a question of how they time their Viagra doses :)

 

You guys have all been around the block and know this, but one way to help keep your crowd after midnight is to pack the 1/2 hour immediately after the countdown with the best stuff you've got, and not take your next break until at least 1:00.

 

Years ago I was a sideman in a band whose leader was used to breaking on the hour, and sure enough - on NYE right after the countdown we took a break! The effect on the room was devastating - as you can imagine. I'll never forget it.

 

I had the chance to play a couple of NYE gigs but like a few others in the forum the pay didn't warrant it. It was nowhere near what I'm getting to host a karaoke show that night.

 

That's how upside-down my gigging life is these days. It sucks that I can't play regularly anymore. But just like NYE it's often my choice given the kinds of gigs that are offered me.

 

It will be packed in my karaoke room but that's beside the point.

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Speaking of taking breaks, my band played a high society gig back in November where the client specifically contracted us to play for 3 hours with ZERO breaks and paid us a premium for this. We don't do this very often and came up with some creative ways for each musician to slip off stage for a bio-break. Somehow I made it through without getting off stage once, but I used to do that all the time on rock tours. This client had issues in the past where guests left right when the band went on break and our long set ensured maximum dancing all night.

 

Anyways, the 3 hour set was frickin' awesome and it raised the stakes for our show. Since then, we played two shows where we went from 3 sets down to 2 sets and it is noticeable how a larger number of people stick around rather then vanishing when the band goes on break. Not sure what we will do for NYE, but we have rehearsal this week to discuss our set strategy.

 

Regards,

Eric

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a long time ago, a friend of mine said that a smart drunk stays home two nights a year... 4th of July, and New Years Eve.... when all the amateur drunks are out.

 

I've worked on New Years Eve for almost every night of my adult life, since I was 14 or so. About two years ago, I stopped. I spend the night with the Rock'N'Roll GirlFriend; we go to First Night and try to get home before the drunks. There is a whole world of culture otu there, and First Night brings a lot of it together in one place at one time, and that makes it easy to see a lot of things one might usually miss. Meanwhile, I can go to a bar and see a band any time. Nothing special about that.

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Jobbing with a Country/Americana band at a restaurant/club about 60 miles east of me. The act has a good following, and they like this particular room, so it should be a good night. $$$ for NYE is decent, plus we've got the weekend there as well; so I get to set my rig Thursday night, and don't have to strike it 'til Saturday's done.

 

Lead singer lives close by, so if the weather turns bad, we've got a place to stay. The interstate, east of Denver, can shut down quickly if the wind/snow kick up. Otherwise, it's an open, quiet ride between my front door and the club.

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I picked up a sweet one for my bride and I at an upscale Brazilian Restaurant in (Braza's in Briercreek) Raleigh. The gig is 6pm to 9pm. They have the piano I bring a board, EON and two mics and we just have fun. Then we go to a friends house to TOAST in the New Year.

Jimmy

 

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