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Survey: Are You Booked for NYE? If Not, What's Your Plan?


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There are small gigs nibbling but I don't do NY unless the bread is plentiful. I need a reason to spend the first 2 hours of the year loading out in the rain instead of spending time with the people I love.

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I haven't played NYE in ages, solely out of choice.

 

I've spent mostly every New Year's week for the last 15 years or so, on the ski slopes and don't expect that to change this year!

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NYE gig booked. Same one we did last year. It was really fun, and I expect the same this year.

 

Bobadohshe, I had to look at your location, when you said 'rain...'. No Rain on NYE in Ottawa, Canada.. brrrr...

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My band is booked for a big party at an oceanfront hotel in VA Beach. We play weddings there about every other month and their events planner hired us after enjoying us at wedding gigs. We had a bit of a scare earlier this year after our singer passed away in April that continues to haunt us...some clients got cold feet thinking our band would not be the same without Monica singing (we actually lost a few gigs). We have a pretty solid sub situation working in the short term (though taking way too long to find a permanent solution). The NYE gig was at risk for awhile as they booked us when we had Monica as our singer. They have seen us perform a few times since then and given us the thumbs up...but it was touch and go for a bit.
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Yes I am 90% we have something. A casino a half hour away from here really likes the band and hired us. The problem is we heard they are doing renovations so we don't know if they will be done in time. We play there all the time so hopefully there will be no problem.

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There are small gigs nibbling but I don't do NY unless the bread is plentiful. I need a reason to spend the first 2 hours of the year loading out in the rain instead of spending time with the people I love.

 

+100000

 

We take NYE off unless serious $$$$$ are thrown our way. It;s a chance for us to let others entertain us, and as you said, spend time with our loved ones, family, etc...

 

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I usually opt out of NYE gigs unless it's triple or more what I'd usually make. I'd rather be with my wife and family and friends at home.

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Like Bobby, it takes a lot of dough to get me out on New Year's Eve -- especially if it's a far-away gig or one in the city where parking will be a nightmare due to the crowds.

 

This is the first year that I hadn't even thought about New Year's. Thanks for the reminder. :-) I quit my gigging jazz project last week, as it was interfering too much with my composing/arranging/producing/mixing schedule, but the bandleader (who I still do a jazz workshop with) knows I am available for "the right gig" and respects my decision.

 

OTOH, it would be great if my 80's band could have a reunion on New Year's. So far, all of our almost-gigs have dried up, so the project remains on the back burner.

 

Good luck to the rest of you -- especially those who depend on music for a living. I see that New Year's Eve is on a Friday this year, so that should make out-of-town gigs a little easier.

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Booked with one of the cover, country/rock bands I've been working with this past year. We've got the weekend; basically double scale on NYE, normal pay on Saturday night. One of the more fun, Country/R & R clubs in the area. Great owners and staff. We know one another well: this summer/fall I've been covering the chair for three different bands that play there regularly.

 

I took a few years off from playing NYE back in the early 2000's. With the recession hitting the piano student base, plus just having lost a long-term, weekly internet writing/arranging gig, I can use the income.

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I have a living room gig with Dick Clark's Rockin Eve. Attire optional. :laugh:

 

Something like that for me, too. I couldn't begin to guess how many nyes I've played. Don't care to ever play another.

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I have a living room gig with Dick Clark's Rockin Eve. Attire optional. :laugh:

 

Something like that for me, too. I couldn't begin to guess how many nyes I've played. Don't care to ever play another.

 

My group used to do "First Night", which for those who haven't been to one is an alcohol-free event that focuses more on cultural and family stuff than getting wasted. I don't think we have a spot this year, they don't have enough money. The crowds weren't that good last year, which is too bad because it's a really cool idea.

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Our New Year's Eve gig will be a little different. In addition to being NYE - it's also a wedding reception. The venue is cool - and the deal includes a couple of rooms so nobody will have to drive when we're done. The money is OK but not great, but that's fine ... the bride and groom are friends of the band so it'll be a great time.
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Yeah, I'm with the "pay me 3x" crowd. Although I actually have three rules for taking a NYE gig:

 

1. Has to be a classy venue where my wife is welcome and will feel comfortable. That means a public event, no private parties. Dive bar on the Eastside? No. Ballroom at the Hilton? Yes.

 

2. Has to be good, fun music.

 

3. Roughly triple the normal rate.

 

#1 and #2 are non-negotiable. I suppose if #1 was solid and #2 was great fun, I would probably take less money. That exact situation has never come up though, when #1 and #2 are there, so is the money.

 

So far, nothing this year. I really enjoyed my NYE gig last year, but if one doesn't come up, I will be perfectly happy chillin' on the couch. :D

 

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For me, I don't care what the gig is as long as the bread's right for the gig. The date's significant to everyone else, but I really could care less about celebrating with family/friends. I'm just willing to take advantage of everyone else' feeling that the date has significance...
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Tentatively opening for Betty Lavette - medium money (for NYE) but a good gig.

New Year's day wedding gig.

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I really could care less about celebrating with family/friends. I'm just willing to take advantage of everyone else' feeling that the date has significance...

 

And they said you didn't have any compassion...;)

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For me, I don't care what the gig is as long as the bread's right for the gig. The date's significant to everyone else, but I really could care less about celebrating with family/friends. I'm just willing to take advantage of everyone else' feeling that the date has significance...

 

This. :thu:

 

I've been booked for NYE since January 1, 2010 at around 2:15am. :)

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For me, I don't care what the gig is as long as the bread's right for the gig. The date's significant to everyone else, but I really could care less about celebrating with family/friends. I'm just willing to take advantage of everyone else' feeling that the date has significance...

 

I'm pretty sure if music was my primary source of income, this would be exactly my view as well. :D But, of course, for me it's not...

 

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Make my funk the P-funk.

I wants to get funked up.

 

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The point of NYE has always been lost on me. Of course, all holidays are inventions of the human mind, and so we supply the significance, and I can really get into to some of them, like Halloween. But for NYE, I'd rather be playing, because it's probably going to be a well paying gig and then I can just be a casual observer to other people trying, at a high price, to find significance in it. This year I'm playing a gig in Arizona that's somehow connected to the Fiesta Bowl. I'm not sure how. I don't follow football. If it weren't for my love of baseball, I'd probably be deported. I've also got a nice Halloween gig lined up. Now that will be fun . . .

 

Edit: Go Giants!

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Could work NYE but as a DJ, not as a keyboard player. Good pay but a lot of work, as they want the full system complete with all four 18" subs and double 15" tops. And lights.

 

I need to decide quick, but I think I'll pass and just spend this one with friends.

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