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Peegoo
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Results not typical.

Do not try this at home.
Dec 11th, 2018 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ditto.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Dec 11th, 2018 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

As part of our songs and audiences we have chosen to play for, we kind of need a female vocalist. We had a great singer for 10 years and then she got the day job she had wanted for years and decided to drop out. We had a decent replacement that worked out for about a year and a half but she was singing with another band as well and decided 2 bands was too much. Found a lady that was great except she showed up 30 minutes late for her first gig and then started talking about not being able to make some gigs that she had already approved. Just by luck we had a girl reach out to us on facebook. Bingo, finally a great young sweet lady who can sing harmonies as well as great leads. Dedicated and helps promote the band. But there were a whole bunch of auditions in between all these times that had us thinking we were going to have to maybe change the song list. So I would say, from experience, to keep looking until you find the one that fits. It won't be easy but it will be worth the wait. We did the thing about checking with the local universities choirs and bands and didn't have much luck with those young ladies.

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St Peters, MO USA

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Dec 12th, 2018 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

The “past her child bearing years” idea may improve your odds, but it’s no guarantee. We lost a good female singer who left town to get married. Her predecessor, who was beyond those years, was also a successful career woman. She left town for a promotion. The benefit of appearance is obvious, but vocal ability, stage presence, and a personality that fits the band are more important.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Dec 12th, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

All you gotta do is look at Alabama Shakes. She is a fantastic lead singer, but is not "classically" beautiful. But she is a great performer, and is undeniable. And she's someone you can't take your eyes off.

I'd MUCH rather have a good performer who's dependable.

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 01:38 PM, Dec 13th, 2018)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Dec 12th, 2018 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I consider myself to be a decent singer, but every time I've been hired on the grounds that I'm just incredibly good-looking, it never worked out.


Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Dec 12th, 2018 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile  







That was a joke, you barstages!!!


Leftee
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VA

Caught snipping the Bright Cap
Dec 13th, 2018 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, don't worry Mick...

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juneau ak.

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Dec 13th, 2018 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Being at practice is more important then being pretty,...That goes for you too Mick!

Leftee
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Caught snipping the Bright Cap
Dec 14th, 2018 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Especially you, Mick.

(-;

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 12:57 PM, Dec 14th, 2018)

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

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Dec 14th, 2018 11:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mike: I do not envy you....

We will keep a light on for you.





6 Cylinder Slim

north woods

It just needs more voltage
Dec 16th, 2018 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can understand wanting a vocalist that fit seamlessly into your existing rotation, but people who have the talent of not only singing, but entertaining and connecting with the audience are rare. Personally, I would open up the audition to anybody and see who shows up. You never know, you could get very lucky.

acplayer

MA

Earn while you learn
Dec 17th, 2018 06:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well...the guys picked chickie #1 (reference my 12/11 post). We are scheduled to rehearse tonight.

It will be interesting to see where things go...

This gal learned 9 songs (of the 30 that the band plays) for the audition.
She probably should have a few more learned for tonight.

I expect her be up and running with all of the songs in short order.......
now:
Will the band "ever" gig??




Deacon Blues

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Dec 22nd, 2018 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Piney knows of what he doesn't speak.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Dec 28th, 2018 12:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any updates ac? I love hearing about band drama.

acplayer

MA

Earn while you learn
Dec 31st, 2018 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Any updates ac? I love hearing about band drama."

The band rehearses on Monday evenings so with the holidays and all it should be starting up next week with the new chickie.

I will go to the next rehearsal but most likely thereafter put rehearsing with them "on hold" until there is a gig (or gigs) in the book....

As I mentioned earlier in this thread there is a local restaurant that has started bringing in bands on Friday nights.
One of the guys in this current band knows the lady (Jean) that is booking the groups..(she used to own/run another restaurant/music venue in town...and was well-known for short-changing bands that worked for the door..).

I made mention of the above but this kid says that he has a good relationship (?) with Jean and she can get us in....

btw: There is no mention of $ compensation for playing..
The guys are all-in but I am suspect (I've played Jean's old venue) and know if your band IS playing for the door, you will need to have "one of your people" at the door to count/clock those who enter - or else you will get short-changed.

I suspect that Jean will want the band to "audition" ie; play one night "for free" as she did in the past.

I, again, mentioned this to the guys and they are all-in.
I told them that I'm in...but will not play the whole night.... A two hour "audition" should be plenty.. If Jean wants us to do another set (or two) she will have to come up with some $ - period.
If the others want to continue, that's fine with me.
btw: the band will need a PA.....Where is that gonna come from??
In Jean's old place there was an installed (marginal rig) and Jean's husband would take $200.00 off the top to run it...

I'm sorry...it's just the Musicians Union in me...I refuse to give-it-away if a bar is making a profit.

I guess that one can say all of the above is a "we'll see" situation....

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jan 11th, 2019 04:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Funny story.....

We were looking for a vocalist for our group, we wanted to have someone to just do vocals so the rest of us could just play and do back-round vocals.

Last resort someone found a female vocalist and we thought "Why not?".

The day finally came where the girl was going to audition, and normally the wives/girl friends wouldn't stick around.

Not this time, everyone's S.O. showed up and stayed through the whole ordeal!

Needless to say the girl wasn't a fit for our group.

acplayer

MA

Earn while you learn
Jan 12th, 2019 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

The saga continues:
We had our first rehearsal with the new singer and she is good - and plays keyboard! She was well-practiced and sang great.

The leader the band visited the venue in question one Friday night and basically said that we're ready to play there now....judging by what he heard that night.
Moving forward:
The gal that books the room wants us to "audition" (what a surprise) and do a 1/2 hour set one upcoming Friday evening.

The guys are all-for-it and the leader emailed us a list of tunes he would like to do for the 1/2 hour "audition": 12 songs!!!

I replied to the suggested list saying that a 1/2 hour set would probably be 7 tunes.....

I told them that I would be into doing a 1/2 set gratis (hey it's winter around here...very little to do in these parts) but I would not play any more that evening for zero compensation...

****If the place offered free draughts or at least something to us [they will not offer $ - I know this gal all too well] I may play a bit more inclined to play extra. (btw: I don't drink beer)...

The guys (kids to me) in the band are all eager to play- I get that.

The gal that books the room actually contacted the band two days ago (on Thursday) to see if we could play last night... I guess that her "free entertainment baled on her"...again, what a surprise. I had tix for a show in Boston last night thus I was unavailable...

We are scheduled to "audition" 2/22....

The bandleader said that he has a PA... I plan to bring my lights (why not?) to dress-up our audition. Since the venue is local to me I can go there in the afternoon and set them up - (two trees of stage-wash).

I "could" pull them down once our 1/2 hour audition is done....why not...it's our audition...right?
Having lights should add value to our product...

I definitely haven't lost "that holiday spirit" - lol.
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Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

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Jan 12th, 2019 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The day finally came where the girl was going to audition, and normally the wives/girl friends wouldn't stick around.

Not this time, everyone's S.O. showed up and stayed through the whole ordeal!

Needless to say the girl wasn't a fit for our group."

I once told my wife that I appreciated the fact that she wasn't jealous or otherwise weird when we added an attractive female singer who was probably 15 to 20 years younger than most of the guys in the band, and also happened to be a doctor. Her response was "Right. Like she'd be interested in any of you."

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juneau ak.

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Jan 14th, 2019 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

^^ Your wife knows that to a twenty-something year old woman a 50-60ish-70 year "old guy" is about as interesting as a hunk of sheet rock.



There are a few exceptions....very few!

Hugh Hefner doesn't count BTW

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
May 6th, 2019 02:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think in the long run the girl singer was looking for a musician to "hook-up" with.

When we finished up for the night she looked at me and asked if I needed a ride home.

"I live here" I said......LMAO!!!!

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