Hi all –
My band, Brazen, went up on stage last Wednesday (6/11/08) and knocked out 3 tunes. We were nervous, and there were mistakes, I’m not sure if people noticed them or not, but we sure did.
Due to logistic problems, we hadn’t practiced in a week. That probably weakened us more than anything else. The crowd, however, was very enthusiastic which helped a lot. The next day our email thread had statements like “When can we play there again and what do we want to play??” so it was a good shot in the arm for the band.
A note to all you guitarists out there – if the band gets lost in a song, follow the bassist, right or wrong (unless he’s the only one off). I had to follow our guy in one song. It’s like merging traffic, right? You don’t want to lay blame or have “stage rage” right then and there – you compromise the song to keep the integrity of the band together and talk about the mistakes later, in a non-confrontational way.
The house band that plays there played before us and after us and boy, do their years of playing together show. Everybody on their mark, everybody comfortable and they were good!
We’re playing a private party at the end of the month, more practice in front of a small audience. They are family, so it will be different, but still more pressure than a practice. I might get a good hot dog out of it too 🙂