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18 March 2004 @ 03:08 pm
Gig Report  
In general, things went well.

We ran late to the first location, mostly due to me having to turn around and go home to fetch tapes and CDs (of which none sold anyway.) Setup time was about 40 minutes, even after I preset a lot of the cables and such, due mostly to equipment tuning (zeroing levels, setting eq for the room and for monitor feedback, and so forth.) This led to a 12:15 start instead of a 12:00 start, and we referred to ourselves as the "late" Bed & Breakfast ...

Lunch crowds are hard, as very few are really there for a long-haul to get warmed up enough to participate (or, to be honest, drinking enough to participate). We had some folks singing along during the first set - which we ran long to compensate for starting late - and fewer during the second. The third set, which was from about 14:15 to 15:00, was pretty much dead (the lunch crowd having left and the afternoon crowd not having arrived), so we spent most of the set on some of the more mellow things that we don't usually play to a rowdy crowd.

There were a couple of tables of folks who knew us and came out to be there for a long lunch, which was much appreciated. The staff seemed to be very happy with our activity, the wielder of the checkbook was very pleased with the results, and we came away feeling good about the afternoon despite some clunkers here and there.

A leisurely 45-minute pack out and we headed up to Gainesville to the Boiler Room, which is an extremely interesting venue. It is in the basement of one of the larger buildings along the square in Gainesville, and it is (as advertised) a bit more of an "upscale" restaurant/night club - not a pub by any means. This was their first year to be open for St. Patrick's Day, and no one really knew what to expect in terms of crowds.

The venue itself is very good for musicians, the stage is well set up and the integral sound system is very accessible. There are plenty of lights, the monitors are overhead so as not to take up stage space ... the GAFilk House Band would do a wonderful job in this space!

We were set up quickly, by about 17:50, and, as few people had arrived yet, were told to take a break after the sound check in order to start at 18:30. That was OK by us, since it gave us a chance to get some food in our stomachs before beginning the night.

To make a long story short, we did three very well-received sets (the first two in a "self-censored" mode due to the presence of some children in the room) for an audience that consisted mostly of diners as opposed to drinkers. I avoided (well, mostly avoided) being distracted by the Pacers vs. Portland game silently being shown on the big screen at the other end of the room (Pacers won, thank goodness). By the third set, we had some of the crowd singing along. We had the obligatory "Unicorn Song" dancers at the front of the stage (we normally refuse to sing it unless someone is willing to get up in front of the audience and make fools of themselves), the shouts of "McIntyre!", and various clapping games leading to drink and much rejoicing.

When we ended the last set and the DJ started the normal nightly dance music, there were more than a few people who expressed regret that we were finished for the night. In fact, after a few minutes of dancing, the place had begun to empty out, leading us to believe either that we were instrumental in holding people there or else that Gainesville revelers go to bed pretty early. Obviously, we choose to believe the former.

Not as crowded and rowdy as our previous years at one of the major bars nearer to home, but both venues provided a very pleasant atmosphere and an enjoyable group of folks to play for.
 
 
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cflutecflute on March 18th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good time was had by all!

So... what's the Unicorn Song? Or am I too old/jaded to ask? :-)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on March 21st, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
Witten by Shel Silverstein and made famous by the Irish Rovers - thus its association as an Irish song - it's the one that goes:

"There were green alligators and long necked geese
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants and sure as you're born
The lovliest of all was the Unicorn"

It isn't a bad song, it's only that there tend to be requests for it at least once a set. In many ways it can be considered the "Banned From Argo" of Irish Pub Musicians. Along with "Streets of London", maybe, or the newest to hit Atlanta, "Living Next Door to Alice".

We make sure there are plenty of people willing to make (good-natured) fools of themselves doing the hand motions along with the chorus before we agree to the request.