Greensboro, NC has lots of live music; you just have to know where to look. One thing to check out if you’re wanting to see some live music is one of the free local weeklies around town, such as Yes! Weekly or Go Triad. Both of these have a section devoted to music at bars, clubs, restaurants, and other venues in and around Greensboro. Otherwise, check out this detailed list of places to go see live bands, whether local or well known.
Another question to ask before booking anything is whether the tribute artiste works with backing tracks or a real live band with drums, guitars and other instruments. So many people have jumped on the ‘band wagon’ (pardon the pun) and are simply solo singers with backing tracks and maybe some dancers thrown in to add to the numbers and justify the money they are charging.
This week at the Hotel Cafe is going to be incredible. I recommend the following shows: Sweetwater and the Satisfaction at 11 p.m. tonight; Jade Hendrix at 9 p.m. on Saturday; Zane Carney at 9 p.m. on Monday; Kevin Laurence record release show at 8 p.m., followed by Nina Storey at 9 p.m. on Tuesday; and Stop Motion Poetry at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
After the short listing it is now time for the negotiations and final selection. Call up the bands and enquire about what they can provide. Tell them what you need and see if they match.
The website for Mobile’s The Soul Kitchen (45 Dauphin Street, Phone: 251-433-5958) says the party goes on “24/7.” Acts here include bands in a variety of styles ranging from acoustic rock to blues. Both original acts and cover/80’s party band play. Most of the acts are of the local variety including bands with names like Friday Night Gigolos, Eleven, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Strut .
From the bass playing perspective what is required as a player? A good all round player who is ready for the gig, a good knowledge of the bass guitar and its role. Practice and learn new ideas and techniques, be ready for new songs and material. Play what is required for the song, you may be asked when recording what to play; if you are doing session work you get paid to play what is asked! If you’re doing live work playing covers play what is required for the songs you play! If you get a gig writing, that’s great and you can be creative with your bass playing!
The point is: you can always play someone else’s material, but that won’t sustain you. It won’t challenge you. It won’t expand you. And it certainly won’t guarantee you success. After all, how many tribute bands have ever been inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame?