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eamesuser

Silver Member
The Band I play with has played a restaurant/bar in Fla the last couple years,sort of a working vacation. We play outside like on a raised good sized stage stage.We are bass, drums, guitar with a male and female lead singer.We got a call from the manger saying that the place has come under new ownership and that we can keep the gig,same money,but they only want 2 people on stage at one time.I can't even begin to think what the reasoning behind that is,I have run into the situation where a club has asked that we play acoustic/low volume/unplugged before,but never a 2 person max capacity for a stage.Any similar experiences? Thoughts?
 

eamesuser

Silver Member
The Band I play with has played a restaurant/bar in Fla the last couple years,sort of a working vacation. We play outside like on a raised good sized stage stage.We are bass, drums, guitar with a male and female lead singer.We got a call from the manger saying that the place has come under new ownership and that we can keep the gig,same money,but they only want 2 people on stage at one time.I can't even begin to think what the reasoning behind that is,I have run into the situation where a club has asked that we play acoustic/low volume/unplugged before,but never a 2 person max capacity for a stage Maybe Restaurant/bar owners have finally became crazier than musicians.Any similar experiences? Thoughts?
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Weird. If there wasn't a raised stage I would have imagined they'd be looking to add some more tables. I would have asked them outright (nicely) about their plans.

My first guess is they are after a low volume/low logistics arrangement, but it's just a guess.
 
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mediocrefunkybeat

Guest
It could be licensing. There was a big issue in the UK a few years ago whereby Pubs and Clubs were being charged extra for a performance licence if there were more than two performers on stage at any one time. I think it was killed very quickly, but I would just check if that's the case.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
So ..... put the band in the "orchestra pit" and put the singers on the stage .... a nod to shakespearean theatre ...
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
If they're anything like half the venues here in Melbourne, they're quietly telling you: "we no longer want bands, we want acoustic duos.....because they are cheaper to hire, a hell of a lot quieter and not nearly as much hassle".
 
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