Always get a contract? Well, sort of… – Gig Gab Podcast 155

Contract with a Question Mark - Gig Gab Podcast 155When should you have a contract? If you follow Paul and Dave’s advice and definitions, you should have something resembling a contract for every gig. Listen to hear what they mean… and why.

Sometimes a cascading series of bad events turns into a great night, and Paul’s got a story that at least starts this way. You’ll have to listen to hear how it ends!

Your two favorite weekend warriors also share some tips on not only how to get paid, but when to get paid, and how to do it efficiently and keep it from getting weird.

All this – and more – just press play and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 155 – Monday, February 26, 2018
  • 00:01:12 Monetizing Gig Gab!
  • 00:03:35 Far away… gigs.
  • 00:05:32 Reaffirming your agreements
  • 00:07:15 Always get a contract? Yes! Sort of…
  • 00:08:31 When things change on the day of the gig?
  • 00:12:14 When is it time to walk?
  • 00:13:15 SPONSOR: – GigGab2018 saves you 15% off licensing fees
  • 00:17:10 Is it a gig, or a cascading series of bad events?
  • 00:19:24 How does it end?
  • 00:21:12 The benefits of early payment
  • 00:25:51 Cashing out at the end of the night
  • 00:26:52 Don’t be weird about money!
  • 00:27:59 Count the money
  • 00:29:57 A cancellation deal
  • 00:35:20 Pay in advance leaves room for tips
  • 00:36:26 Tipping for sit-ins
  • 00:38:46 Being able to take requests
  • 00:39:53 Mad Haus – Mar
  • 00:40:57 Second Line and Zydeco Drum Grooves
  • 00:43:38 Healed-up and Return to Playing!

Your Band & Facebook – Gig Gab Podcast 154

Your Band & Facebook – Gig Gab Podcast 154Talk about a verbal jam session! Sure, your two favorite weekend warriors talk about their strategies for when to post your events on Facebook, but there are about a zillion other topics that seem to weave into one another. From managing your core strength to the history of the National Anthem to Gibson dying out to managing your weight, this episode covers it all. Press play and enjoy, folks. And always be performing!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 154 – Monday, February 19, 2018
  • 00:00:40 Don’t forget about your core!
  • 00:05:35 How do you know where to play?
  • 00:07:46 The magic synchronicity between band and club
  • 00:09:59 The timing of Facebook invitations to your gigs
  • 00:15:23 Are sponsored posts worth it?
  • 00:16:44 Managing Your Weight
  • 00:20:25 Fergie’s National Anthem
  • 00:21:58 Respecting the performance of the Anthem
  • 00:23:48 The history of the National Anthem
  • 00:26:38 Play it straight or Get the Job Done?
  • 00:29:37 Surviving the winter of gigs
  • 00:31:22 Gibson dying out
  • 00:36:55 Following your heroes
  • 00:38:27 How a brand grabs your soul
  • 00:40:51 Paul Kent Turnaround CEO of Gibson Guitars
  • 00:41:25 GG 154 Outtro

Praise to the Go-Getters – Gig Gab Podcast 153

Praise to the Go-Getters text around motivated man climbing for money with lazy man sleepingHave you ever thought about traveling with you band? How about putting together a band whose only purpose is to travel? You two favorite weekend warriors talk all about this just for you. And, as should happen at the center of any conversation about booking gigs, it’s expressly decided that praise should always go to the go-getters out there booking the gigs that we all love to play.

Moving on from that, the concept of groove within the structure of an acoustic setting is discussed. Do you know who the drummer is? Both Paul and Dave agree on this point, and they discuss exactly why that’s the case!

Press play and enjoy, friends. This one’s guaranteed to be a fun ride!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 153 – Monday, February 12, 2018
  • 00:01:24 Dave fell!
  • 00:02:11 Trubble’s vacation
  • 00:05:47 Traveling YOUR band around
  • 00:08:58 Local travel – How far is too far?
  • 00:10:30 Have agreed-upon criteria for accepting a gig
  • 00:11:16 The cost of developing a new geography
  • 00:12:30 The headache of planning a tour
  • 00:13:55 Praise to the Go-Getters
  • 00:16:44 The Macworld All-Star Band Reunion Show?
    • Save the date: January 26, 2019
  • 00:18:01 Pickup Shows with “PK & Friends”
  • 00:22:10 The “Risk” of cohabitating with your band on the road
  • 00:25:44 Re-mixing the chemistry of your band
  • 00:27:58 The excitement of change
  • 00:28:45 More reps equal success
  • 00:32:09 The groove of acoustic music
  • 00:36:31 Acoustic Guitar drives the bus
  • 00:38:42 Prince Cream Acoustic
  • 00:39:18 Find a place in your body to feel the groove
  • 00:42:19 Eastman Guitars
  • Paul’s been playing an Eastman T-486
  • 00:46:10 Look for the little guys
  • 00:47:21 GG 153 Outtro

Nirvana Night vs. Fight Night – Gig Gab Podcast 152

Nirvana Night vs. Fight Night – Gig Gab Podcast 152Sometimes it’s nirvana, and sometimes it’s a fight. The thing is, you never really know which way the gig is going to go until you’re in the thick of it… and then you just have to take it as it comes and deal with it! Whether it’s discussing the harnessing of the karma gods or the Facebook algorithm, your two favorite weekend warriors bring their A-game to you each and every week.

Speaking of games, Justin Timberlake’s performance at the Super Bowl is fair game to discuss in this podcast, and that discussion happened, too.

So much to say about so many things… press play, download, enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 152 – Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • 00:01:14 When every note is a chore?
  • 00:06:00 Nirvana Nights vs. Fight Nights
  • 00:07:00 Harnessing of the Karma Gods
  • 00:09:05 The Facebook algorithm vs. Marketing 50%
  • 00:09:40 Annual Children’s Musical Theater (CMT – San Jose) Cabaret Night fundraiser
  • 00:11:09 The flow of an organized evening when you’re not the focus
  • 00:13:39 Flipping the “ON” Switch
  • 00:13:50 “We’re all in this together”
  • 00:15:54 Hired guns vs. bandmates
  • 00:18:15 JT at the SuperBowl
  • 00:21:25 Invoking Prince
  • 00:22:43 In-ears for the entire Marching Band
  • 00:24:41 JT Super Bowl “for exposure” — except all expenses are paid.
  • 00:27:00 Does the NFL respect musicians?
  • 00:28:49 Paul Simon’s retirement message
  • 00:34:26 Songs from the 90s vs. Majestic Permanence?
  • 00:38:12 No Matter What – The fake ending worked!
  • 00:38:42 GG Outtro