Favorite type of venue?



Favorite type of venue?

Postby Terry Allan Hall » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:28 am

Where do you feel most comfortable playing (be as specific or as general as you please).

Conversely, what sort of venue/performance situation do you like least?
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby Melodeous » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:19 pm

Last time I had fun was in a small wine bar where I was just a fixture in a quiet corner out of harm's way and played as if I was at home in my music room. Of course, at the bar I played completely thru each piece. No singing, all instrumental versions of old pop songs where one begins at the end of the previous, etc, in a manner that the songs are chord-chained together. Sometimes I have to juggle keys to do that but no big deal. PA system work, it's the clean and sterile sound conducive to uninterrupted patron swilling, easy conversations and tall tale telling. You know when the tall tales are coming out by the exaggerated gesticulations. Oh, the fun part is watching patrons as I play mindlessly through the couple hours. Getting distracted is a very real hazard.

Set up: In the corner, no special (hot) lighting on me, a small, quiet ventilation fan and a single mic. I bring my own big comfy stool and small folding tray table to set down a small notepad of song titles (I do forget), my beverage, capo and thumbpick. I keep the .45 automatic insurance policy in the guitar case beside me. Haven't needed that yet. Hey, wine bar or not some of those patrons are dirt balls. Civility does not come in a bottle.

But, I'm returning to the studio to get some quality recordings done and notated so the coming evenings and weekends will be spent on that project.
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby SammyeLynn » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:38 pm

Least fave venue: Bars, especially rowdy noisy ones. So glad those days are gone forever.

Fave venue: The relatively quiet places where I'm tucked off in a corner as part of the ambience.

Recently did a cool casino gig. The casino was having one of their special "rewards parties" things for frequent players and the theme was a '50s coffeehouse type thing. We had to dress like beatnicks and the music was to be acoustic instrumental only. So it was hubby-Kevin doing lead/melody, me on 12-er providing rhythm/backup, and uber-percussionist Warren on a variety of cool skin-topped thingies playing folk tunes from 50s-early 60s.

All in all, was a very low-key, relaxing, fun gig. :)
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby QJoZilla » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:14 am

:facepalm: The only venues I ever played were punk shows... I hated it. I haven't done any shows since going totally acoustic in the last couple of years. I've played on street corners with a couple friends a few times for change, but that is about it.

Honestly, I would like to find a nice used bookstore gig for Saturday afternoons. I like the smell of the old paper and the calm quiet that goes along with them, but as of right now I just don't see myself having the time once I go back to hocking heating and cooling units.

TAH how about you? You didn't answer your own question. I'm intrigued.
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby Terry Allan Hall » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:32 pm

QJoZilla wrote::facepalm: The only venues I ever played were punk shows... I hated it. I haven't done any shows since going totally acoustic in the last couple of years. I've played on street corners with a couple friends a few times for change, but that is about it.

Honestly, I would like to find a nice used bookstore gig for Saturday afternoons. I like the smell of the old paper and the calm quiet that goes along with them, but as of right now I just don't see myself having the time once I go back to hocking heating and cooling units.

TAH how about you? You didn't answer your own question. I'm intrigued.


OK, guess I could share... :lol:

I like playing restaurants, wineries, coffeehouses, open-air beer gardens, private affairs, institutions (nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, prisons), festivals, bar-b-qs, fleamarkets, bookstores, rodeos, beer bashes...I'm easy to please. About the only venues I prefer not to play are bars with poor ventilation, 'cause my eyes and lungs burn for a few days afterwards!

Played a nudist colony a few times...kept losing my concentration, for some reason... ;)
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby Starrshine » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:04 am

Ha! Ha! Terry! Back a few years ago when I did art shows for a living, I did one at a nudist camp! Didn't sell much, damn people had no where to carry their wallets!
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby Terry Allan Hall » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:11 pm

Starrshine wrote:Ha! Ha! Terry! Back a few years ago when I did art shows for a living, I did one at a nudist camp! Didn't sell much, damn people had no where to carry their wallets!
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Indeed... :o :lol:
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby Opa John » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:53 pm

Actually, one of my favorite venues used to be those noisy rowdy bars that Sam hates. But, the ones I played at were places where I was a "regular" long before anybody even suspected that I knew anything about a guitar. It wasn't for money....just for the fun of it.....and the free beer, of course. Quit doing that sort of thing way back in about '85, but I still remember some of the great times I had back then.

I suppose my favorite places these days would be family get togethers or just an old fashioned outdoor bar-b-que where, if I goof up or totally forget the lyrics, nobody seems to care. My cousin has a deck that's 16 X 24 and he plays a Fender P bass. Some of his former band mates show up and when you get mandolins, banjos, guitars, bass and fiddles all going at once, it's hard to beat.

I've always enjoyed playing just for the fun of it a lot more than ever trying to make money doing it. If it's for money, the pressure goes up....don't like the pressure.
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby OldGuitarPlayer » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:09 am

Like TAH my least favorite venue are late night/early morning bar gigs. My acoustic old time music group usually plays the odd outdoor daytime event or tavern gig on a Sunday afternoon. We don't feel our kind of music goes over well in noisy rowdy pubs or bars. My blues trio only plays this tiny 40 seat pub once a every couple of months on a Friday or Saturday night simply because we also drink there....haha!
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby garyblanchard » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:24 pm

I much prefer actual concert-type venues, as my big thing is audience participation. In a coffeeshop I ask people to sing along and they are all sitting there texting. I don't know, maybe they are texting along. My most recent gig was a peace concert at a Unitarian Church; that was my ideal.

I may do a gig at a new coffeeshop in my area, but I'll have to adjust my set list to fit the venue.
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby OldGuitarPlayer » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:43 pm

garyblanchard wrote:I much prefer actual concert-type venues, as my big thing is audience participation. In a coffeeshop I ask people to sing along and they are all sitting there texting. I don't know, maybe they are texting along. My most recent gig was a peace concert at a Unitarian Church; that was my ideal.

I may do a gig at a new coffeeshop in my area, but I'll have to adjust my set list to fit the venue.


I agree. The very few concert type venues I've had the chance to play have been very fun and rewarding.
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby RKO » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:04 pm

As a performer, my favorite venue is the one that pays the best. I busked on Duval St in Key west a few years ago so I could add it to my bucket list. That wasn't so bad, either...
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby guitarist21 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:05 pm

I love playing everywhere there's good people, but all other factors being equal, I generally have a "the bigger, the better" mentality with this stuff. Put me in an arena and I'm happy as a clam.

A nudist colony, TAH? What did you play?
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby Terry Allan Hall » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:50 pm

guitarist21 wrote:I love playing everywhere there's good people, but all other factors being equal, I generally have a "the bigger, the better" mentality with this stuff. Put me in an arena and I'm happy as a clam.

A nudist colony, TAH? What did you play?


Mostly with my eyes closed...every time I'd open 'em up back up, I'd lose my place in the song... :ugeek:

Oh, you meant what kind of music...well, as usual, just a laid-back mix of folky stuff mixed w/ jazzy versions of pop and rock tunes. That particular crowd requested a lot of Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor and "sporting house blues". Fun bunch, and my tip jar got well filled, but I still try not to wonder too much about where they carried that green that went into it... :o :lol: :-D
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Re: Favorite type of venue?

Postby MechelleGove » Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:30 am

Honestly, it was my college where I usually felt to play with complete attention. I have also performed twice in two musical shows in Atlanta, and I would say the people are crazy for music there. However, for the last three years, I am not performing anywhere and very busy in my life. Nowadays, I only want to attend any performance and am willing to pick any Atlanta based concert from this list https://concerts50.com/upcoming-concert ... ia/atlanta. Actually, this pandemic made my entire family homesick, and we want to conduct some outdoor activities now.

According to my husband, we should attend Shinedown's concert on Sunday. Yes, they are performing in Fabulous Fox Theatre on 3rd October. Both of us are big fans of this Rock band. Secondly, the venue is also our damn favourite. Mainly, after these worse lockdown days, we really need a change. I am also attaching my Shinedown concert video below:

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