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The cover band I'm in has a chance to play the local casino lounge in a 4-night-stretch-once-a-month gig. Being the "Old Man" of the group, I'm the only one who has ever done this. Although it was 10 years ago and I was usually intoxicated/self medicated a lot back then, I remember by halfway thru the second night the fun was gone and my musical soul was being sucked out of me slowly due to lack of regard by the "crowd".

 

I hate to be a stick in the mud and as hard as I have tried to make my point to my cohorts all they see is $$$$$$$.

 

I need advise on this you guys! HEEELLLLLPPPP!!!

"He is to music what Stevie Wonder is to photography." getz76

 

I have nothing nice to say so . . .

 

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living in Vegas, I do tons of casino gigs.. some are cooler than others.... some are horrible. But don't let the audience's ignorance sway you- a couple of weeks ago i went and saw a WORLD class upright bassist ( Maury Louden ) and a killer pianist ( Mike Eckroth ) at a lounge- they were on fire !! noone but my frined and I cared- then we saw a real jive and weak " jazz trio" elsewhere, and because the pianist was acting real emotional while he played his bs... acting like it was really all that.. the people were going nuts! -- go figure..

best advice i can give is... take the gig, relieve the Casino of some of its money... have a good time playing onstage and never mind the drunk gamblers, who cares about them? :D

Praise ye the LORD.

....praise him with stringed instruments and organs...

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.

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Casino gigs, at least in the Seattle area, are good money. The casino gigs also forbid the band from drinking while performing; so you're forced to be stone sober all night long (not like that's a bad thing, is it?). If you need to tie one off to play, I guess it's not the right gig for you. If you can play sober... which I feel bad for anyone who can't, take that sucker and play your ass off. They are very, very nice gigs to get on a recurring basis.
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Thanks guys - I guess I should suck up the dread and go for the "paid practice".

 

My thing is I thrive on crowd energy as much as group energy and you can say "make your own energy" all you want but covers just don't sustain it like the originals. It ends up being work for moneys sake and that isn't why I play.

 

BTW - I have been playing sober for a couple years now BUMP and couldn't imagine ever playing loaded again. I leave that to the drummer. :D

"He is to music what Stevie Wonder is to photography." getz76

 

I have nothing nice to say so . . .

 

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You just answered your own question. Run from gigs that make you feel this way about your playing. After allowing yourself to play in these types of environments long enough the magic WILL DISAPEAR. And someday it may not return... EVER.

 

I've almost fallen over the cliff... twice. Never again.

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Bottemend said:

You just answered your own question. Run from gigs that make you feel this way about your playing. After allowing yourself to play in these types of environments long enough the magic WILL DISAPEAR. And someday it may not return... EVER.

Wrong. I have also done a trillion casino gigs. My magic happens nightly, no matter where I am playing.

 

Adrian, were the initials of the "emotional" piano player GG???

 

Mattulator, you may feel differently sober. It's amazing how one's attitude improves when their perspective changes.

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Thomas, you got it!!!

that man has the gift of bs down pat.

and i agree, i pretty much put everything i have into every gig no matter what. the magic to me is adding what is needed and doing a good job of it, making everyone else relax , the bottom is safe. but then again, i have always found my glory in being the support guy, i am perfectly content in the back by the hi hat. i find artistic freedom in that.

Praise ye the LORD.

....praise him with stringed instruments and organs...

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.

excerpt from- Psalm 150

visit me at:

www.adriangarcia.net

for His glory

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After not having done a casino lounge gig personally for 20+ years, my band did one a couple of weeks ago to fill in a hole in our bookings. We generally don't do more than a couple of sets a night, and most of the time no more than 4 nights a week.

 

While it was a bit grueling (72 sets in 12 days) it was fun, in it's own kind of way. I don't remember having very big crowds in past casino lounge gigs, but we had a packed house most nights, the crowd was into it, and we sold a TON of merchandise. It was a bit difficult getting the energy up when you could hear chips hitting the tables over the music, but we managed.

 

Just like any other gig, it's all what you make of it. If you get into it, the folks who are there will, too. If you go into it with a bad attitude, you're probably gonna be miserable. Just go have some fun....

Later..................
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This ties in with the crowd energy thread.

 

You shouldn't need crowd energy or even interest to play well. It's nice when it happens.

 

I play for corporate parties all the time. They appear to be ignoring the music. I always play the best that I can. It doesn't bother me if no one applauds, because the personal satisfaction that I get from playing is plenty.

 

Although it's not fun to be the lead singer when no one is looking at you. Of course you can always do what Michael McDonald does: close your eyes.

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