Post Gig Notes- the RAMONE @ 3 Links 8-28-16

I have only played as the Ramone 3 times in public before this and they were low pressure gigs
3 Links is a whole different situation because it is the most popular venue in Dallas for national punk acts
It is hard to get a gig there if you are not an established local act so I knew I had to pay some dues before I got booked
I emailed Scott Beggs, outlined my plans and asked him if he’d allow me to use a power outlet for busking
There is a decent stretch of sidewalk with no active business between 3 Links and the donut shop
He returned the message and offered me a Sunday gig that was less than a week away
So I scrapped my busking plans and concentrated on making my Audio/Visual show as tight as possible

I made sure to get there as early as possible and setup was a breeze
Blake is a really laid back sound engineer and made me feel instantly at ease
I would have to say that everything was pretty much perfect but I would soon find out different

99% of my stage experience has been in the back of the stage on a drum riser.
I have also been playing with in ear monitors for about 15 years
So, I am not experienced enough to understand how to ask for what I need in my monitors
I am also not used to hearing the PA so loud
Every performing musician knows that all of the time spent in the rehearsal studio cannot adequately prepare you for the sonic chaos that happens on a stage
I could barely tell what was happening and had to concentrate extra hard whilst trying to be entertaining as possible

My setup usually includes a mixer and in ear monitors but I tried to go as minimal as possible to make things easier on the soundman
I won’t make this mistake again

The other thing that the rehearsal studio cannot prepare you for is a live audience
This was the first time I had ever stepped on stage as a front man
I am lucky that I can switch to extrovert mode in situations like this so I think I did pretty well in the entertainment portion of the show

My singing was affected by my inexperienced ear on a loud stage so I am sure that I wasn’t on key all of the time
Other than that, I would say that my vocals turned out better than I expected
My guitar playing was less than spectacular and I freely admit that I need a lot more playing time to memorize the positions on a guitar so that I can play without having to look at the fretboard
My right hand technique has been solid ever since I picked up a guitar in the mid 80’s
My chording hand is the issue
Add to that the fact that I was wearing sunglasses that were fogging up and pooling with sweat and my guitar playing was the worst aspect of the gig

When I say “the worst” I mean that in the lightest sense because it wasn’t that big of an issue to the audience and I didn’t see any of their enthusiasm wane because I banged a clam
I only got lost once and one of my fellow musicians remarked later that I handled the fumble really well by treating it lightheartedly
You people don’t know how long it took me to get to a point where every mistake I made caused me to completely lose focus, which made things worse
Not just in music but in life in general

I got a lot of positive feedback after the show but the comments that really meant a lot were those from people who remarked at how original the concept was and how well I pulled it off
This is gratifying enough coming from an audience member but the bar staff and even the soundman were complimentary
Those people have seen hundreds of bands and for me to merit a unique status confirms that I’ve hit on a solid idea

This is the only time I have ever had people anticipate what I was doing before they had ever seen me perform
It was especially galvanizing to have Kimberly and Denny come down from Denton to see the show
Kimberly has been supporting me on Facebook both by spreading the word and messaging me
I look forward to exploring the various gigs I can play in Denton for her and Denny

All in all, this was an incredibly positive gig experience and galvanized me to keep working on making this better
Then I get off stage and realized that I forgot to press record on the video camera I set up so there is no complete recording of the gig
Here are clips from various audience members
https://www.facebook.com/denny.stalcup/videos/10207556917229736/
https://www.facebook.com/scott.beggs.75/videos/10210460042727365/

The next move is getting the busking set ready
Labor day weekend is coming up and I need to be ready
The forecast says Saturday and Sunday are going to be rain free
I need to make my plans……..
Thanks to everyone who came out
See you on the streets soon!
R!

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