Monday, May 18, 2009
The top ten in my gig bag.
Here are 10 items that you might consider taking to your next gig.
1. Portable folding music rack with clothespins (in case you're outside).
2. Your own stand light (you never know how dark the stage will be).
3. extension cord. I carry a grounded, 25 foot-four outlet outdoor reel for my stand light, keyboard and amp and one left over. I also have a three t two pronged outlet adapter for older buildings.
4. An inexpensive dolly. I bought a fantastic one from welcomproducts.com called a magna cart. This dolly weights about five pounds and folds flat for transporting. It carries over 150 pounds. I added a bungee cord to keep things from shifting during transit. It cost $25 and had free shipping.
5. three apples (you can never assume that there will be food available when you get there). I had an hour drive to a four hour gig once, and was pretty hungry afterwards.
6. An extra 1/4 " amplifier cord and mic (for announcements).
7. I take my gig clothes and wear jeans and a tee shirt to set up and tear down. If you are on a raised stage, make sure that your shoes are shined.
8. breath mints, water and solid deodorant.
9. a GPS, or a mapquest.com printout of the driving directions.
10. the cell number of the band leader (just in case).
I got this list the hard way. I hope that you find out how invaluable these items really are.