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What is your preferred gig length?
less than an hour
0%
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1 hour
2%
 2%  [ 2 ]
2 hours
33%
 33%  [ 24 ]
3 hours
50%
 50%  [ 36 ]
4 hours
12%
 12%  [ 9 ]
more than 4 hours
1%
 1%  [ 1 ]
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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 19 Nov 2020 9:53 pm    
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I used to play 5 hour gigs when I was young. There was even a year when I played 6 hours a night, 6 nights a week. Hard to imagine that now. But for most of my career, it was 4 50 minute sets with 15 minute breaks - a 4-hour gig. In recent years, most of my gigs were 3 hours.

What's your preference? Mine is 2 hours now. Anything more than that feels too much like work.
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Jim Fogarty


From:
Phila, Pa, USA
Post  Posted 19 Nov 2020 10:01 pm    
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3 hours, 2 sets.
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Jack Stoner


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Inverness, Fl
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 3:08 am    
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3 hours is common in central Florida.
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Roy Carroll


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North of a Round Rock
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 5:34 am    
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My preferred is 3 hours with (1) 20 min. break. However, we sometimes do 4 hour gigs with a 15 minute break every hour.
Those are not too bad.
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Bill Terry


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Bastrop, TX
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 5:46 am    
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I did 5 hours for a lot of years when I was younger in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. Typically 45 on, 15 off. A lot of times it was three or four nights in a row in one club.

When I moved to Austin in the 90's it was four hours for most bars, and always one night.

The last few years I've been playing with a singer/songwriter who does originals only. His gigs are sometimes 3 hours with a couple of sets, but there are a lot of 90 min or 2 hour shows in listening rooms, and it's one long set. That's actually my favorite. No breaks, come in and play for a couple of hours max, then tear down and head home.
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Mike Bacciarini


From:
San Luis Obispo, California
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 6:59 am    
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Roy +1

Although these days,I’d take anything.
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Dave Hopping


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Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 9:18 am    
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One band I was in did an hour on, 20 minutes off. Ended up three one-hour sets, with a half-hour at the end.The hour set was long enough to dig into the setlist and get all warmed up, the 20 minute break was long enough to hit the head, have a smoke, and talk with the customers. 9:00 to 1:30 bar gigs just flew by! Winking
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Kevin Fix

 

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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 4:20 pm    
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The group I work with does County Fairs and Festivals. We play two hours with no breaks for $800.00. $125.00 each.
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Carl Williams


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Oklahoma
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 4:56 pm    
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Even as a young buck, that 4th hour of a 9 to 1 gig was sometimes a little tough...depending on the day at the regular job of course. I’d prefer 3 hour max...BUT if it’s a good venue/crowd, keep on a’pickin’!
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 5:52 pm    
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I prefer to play one set, as in a concert. 90 minutes is my idea of a perfect length.
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Donny Hinson

 

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Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2020 7:45 pm    
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From the mid '60s through the early '90s, the "standard" bar gig in my neck of the woods was five 40 minute sets with a 20 minute break, and I did thousands of those. Whoa! A standard dance at the "animal clubs" was four 40 minute sets. I really prefer a 4 or 5 hour gig.

After hauling all that crap around and settin' it up, 'ya might as well sit a spell. Cool
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC..
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 1:17 am    
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lately, last several years all gigs have been 2 to 3 hours max . We do not take breaks normally but if a player wanted to sit a out a tune or two and go to the rest room, no big deal. Plus as an old guy now, I sit on a stool , all gigs , if I am not on Steel. I would rather play than watch people leave ! Very Happy We do not play bars anymore, they are festivals, private clubs , coffee houses etc, the audience is older.
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Ben Lawson

 

From:
Brooksville Florida
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 6:10 am    
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Due to Covid, we're doing mostly three hours, three sets. During "normal" times it's four & four. Living in Florida, with the great number of seniors, the latest we play until is 11pm on a four hour gig. We had to cancel one recently because of the virus. There were 30 positive cases reported in that lodge. We're okay.
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Larry Dering

 

From:
Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 9:07 am    
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We usually do the 3 hours. It can vary by the venue. I would rather play 1.5 hours then take a break and play the final 1.5. But as Tony said, the crowd can grow restless and leave.
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Michael Sawyer


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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 5:25 pm    
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Usually we are supposed to fill a 4 hr time slot.
2 -1 hour and fifteen minute sets with short breaks,then a short set of sing- alongs for the die hards that stay till closing.
I complain but i miss it.
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Richard Lotspeich

 

From:
North Georgia
Post  Posted 22 Nov 2020 2:29 pm     gigs
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In the 80's,I played a large club gig in Chattanooga Tn for a couple years. I lived about an hour away, and did 9-3 Wednesday thru Sunday. We had practice on Tuesday. Country and dancing was big still. Now its' between 3 and 4--45 min sets.(thats when we DO get to play) Most of it is private stuff. It was rough, but I miss the old club days.
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Larry Allen


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Kapaa’,Kauai,Hawaii
Post  Posted 22 Nov 2020 5:35 pm    
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My band and a few 100 musicians played 8 hours (9pm-5am) 6-7 nites a week in Alaska during the 1970-1990 pipeline era...when our band went to Vegas and LA during those days we barely got warmed up playing 3 hours a nite alternating with DJs... Rolling Eyes I’m still Up for 4-5 hours a nite when / if the clubs Reopen..at 77 YO the playing Is OK but the set up/tear down is a PITA!! We are starting to get 3 hours a nite as the Hawaiian resorts reopen ....smaller bands to get the distancing on the bandstand legal!! Larry
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