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Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Jul 11th, 2015 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That IS a strange rig Steve, but I bet it's the shiznit in the heat.

The venue I played last night and again tonight wasn't too bad with a nice off shore breeze blowing. It was still hot but tolerable. Glad I'm not playing tomorrow. Heat warnings out for heat index of 110-112.

Dolemite
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What It Was!

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Jul 20th, 2015 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ugh. Yesterday I subbed with some friends under a Tiki Bar at the beach. 97 in the shade.

During a break we went in the restaurant for a sandwich & some AC. Rain blew in out of the west while we were eating, drenched my pedalboard, Squier strat and Mustang III. I picked up that amp & turned it upside down, and poured out about a quart of rain.

Everything is spread out in my oven/garage today drying out. Tonight is De-Oxit time - pull apart the pedal board, all guitar & amp jacks, etc.

Signed,

Living the rockstar dream in Florida

(This message was last edited by Dolemite at 11:53 AM, Jul 20th, 2015)

kego
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Give me a second to think of something..
Jul 20th, 2015 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ouch!

Oh yeah, another thing I *always* take to (any) outdoor gig is enough tarp-age to cover all my gear in case of a downpour. I've had the same thing happen to me in the past.



kego
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Give me a second to think of something..
Jul 20th, 2015 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a 4.5 hour outdoor gig last week, which on the plus side, was at least covered under a fairly nice aluminum roof, but on the down side, we didn't take ANY breaks.

I was pretty whooped by the time all the gear was loaded and unloaded afterwards. My biggest fear was soft calluses, but fortunately mine are hard enough that sweat doesn't seem to affect them much. I drank (and drank and drank) tons of water and Gatorade both before and during the gig, and while I didn't have to pee until near the very end, I think I did a pretty good job of staying hydrated. No beer though.

The long-sleeved western shirt I wore on stage was still literally dripping sweat two hours after we stopped playing!

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Jul 21st, 2015 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last weekend we played in doors but the A/C was broken!!!! I would have rather been outside where we would have at least had the chance for a breeze! Prior to the gig I was thinking, "finally, an indoor gig in the A/C!"

NOT!!!!!

kego
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Jul 21st, 2015 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ugh!

swampyankee
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olde New England

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Jul 28th, 2015 05:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first gig with this new band will be in 2 weeks at an outdoor party. We have enough material to play for a couple hours, and it's for the drummer's friend's family so a pretty low-pressure gig. Good thing, since I've only been with the band about a couple weeks to-date.

jazzguy
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Jul 28th, 2015 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

outdoor gig this Thurs., 96 hazy, hot and humid predicted.

"I'm mellllting"


Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Aug 9th, 2015 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Heat index 112 today. And if that wasn't humid enough, we got a couple small rain showers that got to steam off.

I was ready to take a nap after the load in. Playing in survival mode today. Lol

Dolemite

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cross-dressing for Rodan
Jun 20th, 2016 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

bump

3pm gig this Friday. Oy.

Dolemite

What It Was!

cross-dressing for Rodan
Jun 25th, 2016 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our Beatle tribute played yesterday at Las Olas & A1A in Ft. Lauderdale. Was outside 3 to 10, high of 95. 87 when I finished loading out around 10. Drank a sixpack of water, plus a couple Monster Rehabs during the event.

A multitude of girls dancing in bikinis blunted the pain temporarily.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Jun 27th, 2016 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

July 4th gig coming up!

tepperson

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... LIKE THE DESIGN?!
Jun 27th, 2016 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do "OK" in the heat, using a Stanley high-velocity fan (linked), and drinking ice-cold Pedialyte to keep the electrolytes recharged. I also use a long, clip-on fan to keep the tubes cool when necessary.

A few years back, we played in extreme heat/humidity, and the cottonwoods were in full "snow" mode. They kept getting into the fans of the PA amps and tripping them from overheating.

Last year, at a regular gig we play on a stage facing west (covered, but not much use), the promoters gave all 10 of us frozen neck packs to drape, which helped some, but end up dripping all over everything as they melt.

We also ask for a HUGE stack of towels as part of the contract, as well as a cooler full of ice water. Some drink other bevvies, but I limit myself to one per break and drink the water and Pedialyte.

Worst gig ever was facing west, on concrete, with a brick wall directly behind us. Our trombone player got physically ill, and the trumpet player almost passed out, but we finished the gig.

Here in Middle America, it's not the heat, it's the stupidity!

My friend Stanley ...

slacker
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Jul 8th, 2016 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I do "OK" in the heat, using a Stanley high-velocity fan (linked)"

That's the same fan I use. It really makes a big difference if you're somewhere with little/no breeze.

July and August in Iowa is typically 90's, dewpoint in the 70's (Oppressive humidity) and little/no wind. At that point you hope someone will fart to get the air moving!

Deacon Blues

wax on...

wax off...
Jul 13th, 2016 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

*catching up

Had a gig back in mid-June. Started mid afternoon. Hot temps and bad power.

One of our band member's amp fried. Power source was playing havoc with the bass amp and my amp as well, but they both survived.

I don't know why I trust these idiots! I should have checked the power myself. The guy is even an engineer of some sort. Apparently, he's not an electrical engineer.

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