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Post COVID lockdown gigging - how are you all doing?


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COVID isn't over, but thanks to the millions who are vaccinated, the hospitals are no longer overwhelmed with patients, and thanks to continuing experience, we are learning and developing more ways to minimize it.

 

It seems like in February in Florida, somebody turned the virtual gig switch from "off" to "on". After two years of nothing, we are gigging our butts off. It's delightful.

 

We did 12.5 years at one marina, one day per week, and developed an audience. During COVID it got closed, and the new owners had a different idea about what they wanted for entertainment (smaller, less expensive). They seem like nice people, and we wish them luck.

 

We found another outdoor gig at one of their competitors. This one at a beach resort hotel, across from a public park and both the park and the hotel border the public beach.

 

It's outdoors, under a huge canvas cover, and they gave us a try. The first week they put one waitress on, second week four. That's a good increase in business. Then they added a second day, and following that, a third. The manager recently told us we are his "number one". Nobody else has more than one day.

 

We covered for a band that got COVID at a huge RV Resort, and we've become a regular there.

 

A few of our fans bugged the manager at another club to try us, and without hearing us he gave us a night. We are now filling in all his unfilled dates, and he wants us to be a regular for next season.

 

And the one-nighter parties that usually don't come in the summer are strong.

 

People are tired of not partying, and have the 'life is short - have fun now' attitude.

 

We're working in the slow season as often as we do in peak season. Mostly outdoor gigs. After two years of zero gigs, it feels great (although it took a few weeks to get our stamina back).

 

How is everybody else doing???

 

Gigs coming back?

 

Post your success stories if you have them, we all need good news.

 

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Cases are increasing here in Tennessee. People are still getting covid, but they're surviving. I keep in touch with Martha from the Motels, they did a tour recently and now they all tested positive. They're vaccinated, but some are doing better than others.

 

A friend of mine knows 6 people who went to NAMM, and 5 of them came back positive with covid. My wife was at an outdoor picnic in Seattle last week. Two people who were there got covid immediately after the picnic, so they didn't get it there, but it just goes to show this isn't going away. Fortunately the ramifications are less severe.

 

Still, in the US, hundreds of people die from it every day. That's a big improvement over when thousands were dying every day, but the fact that it keeps creeping up is problematic. Also, apparently post-covid immunity doesn't help with the two most recent variants, and the vaccine has diminished effectiveness although it's still better than nothing. I heard from my source at the CDC that there will be a change to the vaccine's formulation in the fall to deal with new variants. So it looks like another booster will be in the future for those who want it.

 

It probably makes sense to do all the gigs you can now,  in the space between waves. I don't think the future will revert to the pre-vaccine gloom and doom scenario, and I also doubt there will be mandatory lockdowns (it didn't work out so well recently in China). But there will be the "voluntary lockdown effect" of people not wanting to take a risk and go to concerts if they see numbers climbing.

 

But what do I know?

 

 

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It’s been spiking on and off all spring around here.  For the most part folks are emotionally done and accept that sooner or later they’re going to catch it, possibly for the second or third time. We’re just hoping the variants get weaker and any complications from it aren’t life threatening.  
 

Jobs were plentiful August to December 2022.  That disappeared with the winter weather.  But spring has sprung and outdoors events are in full swing.  

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I'm doing mostly outdoor gigs, fortunately Florida has nice weather for that.

 

And people have adapted. Before COVID outdoor gigs were uncommon. People preferred to party in Air Conditioned comfort. But with the outdoors being safer, people are happy to go outside for an event.

 

We just do our best to adapt to the changes that we encounter.

 

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17 hours ago, ElmerJFudd said:

It’s been spiking on and off all spring around here.  For the most part folks are emotionally done and accept that sooner or later they’re going to catch it, possibly for the second or third time. We’re just hoping the variants get weaker and any complications from it aren’t life threatening.  
 

Jobs were plentiful August to December 2022.  That disappeared with the winter weather.  But spring has sprung and outdoors events are in full swing.  

Aug-Dec 2021 is what I meant of course.  🤦‍♂️ 

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Our 7-piece covers band has finally started playing gigs again with our revised lineup (new drummer and lead singer). I play sax and do backup vocals, sometimes doing both on the same song, so I know I can't wear a mask and I don't even try. 5 of us in the band sing, so every rehearsal is a group indoor singing event, so all 7 of us in our new lineup are vaccinated. We did a bar gig on June 9, and I accepted that it was an elevated risk activity, and it felt really good to be playing out again. The June 9 gig was indoors but not a crowded scenario. We are booked for another bar gig at a different venue on August 5 where some of the audience will be only a few feet away from us. It will be significantly higher risk than the June 9 one was. For now are just playing it by ear.

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I'm glad you're gigging. Yes, there is a risk, and I hope you and your bandmates come out of this unscathed by the virus.

 

I guess in time we in this profession will all have to take that risk. Being vaccinated and boosted seems to help with the severity of symptoms, so those of use who got jabbed have that advantage.

 

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