You live in the DC area? EVERYTHING is more than a 30 minute drive there. I lived up there for 5 years. It makes ATL traffic seem like a walk in the park...Maybe I'm just getting to old for this - not hungry enough to drive over 20, maybe 30 minutes for not-a-sure-thing...
Yeah, in the back of my mind, I know that's what it's going to take, but I've been avoiding trying to put a band together - trying to decide if I have that much energy, much easier to sit in front of the computer and complain!Get together with a guitarist or keyboardist, make a demo, and hit every restaurant, lounge, coffee shop within 50 miles. Make your own gigs happen.
Having your own band will give you even more to complain about.Yeah, in the back of my mind, I know that's what it's going to take, but I've been avoiding trying to put a band together - trying to decide if I have that much energy, much easier to sit in front of the computer and complain!
Exactly Randy. There is absolutely no better way of finding like-minded musicians.Get out and go see some of the groups playing in the area, forget craigslist that can't be a very good source. There are allot of fine players in that area.
At the beginning of this year the owner of Jo Jo's told me he was having a hard time getting real jazz groups, I had to turn down several additional dates he wanted because of a full schedule already.
For sure, just about anything would be better than craigslist for this. Forget the "open mics," though; go to a jam instead.Is there something better than craigslist for searching for gigs and/or bands looking for sax? I'm in the D.C. area...
Exactly how I feel about jams. Jams are a waste of time. Sit there waiting to be called to play 8 bars while getting sick from the 2 packs of smokes from 2nd hand inhalation. No thanks.Go to a Blues Jam, wait in line for one hour while hearing the same guitar licks played by 50-year old men on Stratocasters plugged into Hot Rod Deville amps, get your turn to solo over the 42nd iteration of a 12-bar blues, and then hang around and listen to the same guitar licks you heard while you were waiting to play. When you just can't handle it anymore, go into the alley and shoot yourself. No gigs....no problems.
I am finally figuring the "practice" band thing as well. Darn waste of time.Craigs List has helped me get many paying gigs. Quite a number of short term gigs, and a couple that are still providing off and on work many months later.
I have finally figured out how to avoid "practice bands" too....
It's been years since I had to inhale any cigarette smoke in the bars around here (California). When is the rest of the nation going to get out of the stone age and catch up on this issue? I probably wouldn't be playing gigs if I had to breath all that smoke and come home smelling like a chimney!Exactly how I feel about jams. Jams are a waste of time. Sit there waiting to be called to play 8 bars while getting sick from the 2 packs of smokes from 2nd hand inhalation. No thanks.