Show Time…

Getting ready for tonight’s show; a couple of hot bands on the rise

Show tonight. My band is supposed to go on stage this evening sometime between 10 and 11 o’clock. Right now it is quarter after nine in the morning—a little more than twelve hours to go. In that time, after I finish and submit this column, I’ve got more than a few things to take care of. My guitar strings haven’t been changed in months and practicing weekly with a couple different bands has taken a toll on them. I’ll change them pre-emptively, instead of waiting until one breaks, because right now my back-up guitar is out of commision.

I need to make copies of the set-list we came up with at practice last night and make sure all my gear is together. I’ve got to figure out who’s got the merch, relay load-in time to everybody, and get myself physically and mentally prepared to rock. I’ve gotten better at that last item over the years. When I started performing live I would be groggy for the entire day both before and after a show. I figure beforehand my body was storing energy, and afterward it was recovering from the immense release of serotonin and adrenaline that goes along with playing. Eventually I’ve got to get myself off of the farm, out of Los Molinos, and down to the big city that is Chico. All this effort for a set that will probably last forty five minutes if we’re lucky.

Dress for Success

But the single most important item of the day, and the one to which the most time, effort, and consternation will be devoted, is figuring out what to wear. I know, it sounds vain, but it’s the way my various bands have always approached live performances. Sounding good is primarily important, but looking, well, if not good at least interesting, is almost on even footing.

The way I’ve always thought about it is that by being well rehearsed and dressing up, you’re showing your audience some respect. They’ve chiseled time out of their busy lives and spent their hard earned money to come and see you perform: play well, dress well, put on the best performance you can. Do this every time.

Band on the Rise

Being in a band on the rise is one of the most exciting rides anyone can experience, and there are a couple of bands in our scene who seem to be pitching rapidly upward. From what I gather the She Things are driving audiences wild with their energetic style of pared down rock and roll. The band has hit the scene hard and fast, headlining shows almost immediately out of the gate. I have yet to catch the act but I’m looking forward to taking the plunge. I’ve had my eye on Furlough Fridays for a while. These guys have been at it for years but as of late the band is booking bigger and better shows with each passing month, recently opening up for some heavy hitters like Buckcherry and Halestorm. Congratulations all—keep up the hard work and keep rocking!

Bob Howard has been living, working, and writing in Northern Califonria since he moved to Chico in early 2000. In January 2011, he and his wife Trish relocated to Los Molinos, 30 minutes north of Chico, where they are the proud proprietors of the Double Happiness Farm. There they grow organic food, ornamental plants and trees, and generally work to enjoy the beauty of this great region.