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Dress for a Gig




A common mistake, which some starting local bands might make, is that they dress rather poorly for their performance dates. By 'poorly" I mean they might be inclined to show up in jeans and a t-shirt... or basically anything that looks like they took a nap on the couch during the week and didn't bother to change clothes... or they may sport an antiquated, used up costume, which really needs to be tossed into a wood chipper :p Old, veteran, pot-bellied geezer musicians, like myself are also guilty of this. We "do this for fun and to hell with what anybody really thinks.. (We dress the way we want and you need to stay off the lawn!)" While poorly dressed appearance might be okay at parties, tiny corner cafes. picker-circles and open-mics...it's not going to win over your patrons at paying venues, Poor dress (coupled with less than stellar music ) runs the risk of boosting the audience boredom meter to a 'break the glass' high. (Sorry, but we know that audience tastes override all outdated existentialism and "intellectual paradox in sandals" posturing.) Of course there are exceptions to every idea. But.... At the very least... performers should try to remember that a night out to hear music is a special treat for many...and should never be dismissed as anything so casual that the experience becomes a caviler one .. That said.. professional performers should try to dress like they are taking someone out on a date. No matter how contemporary or bizarre the dress style, practicing good or distinct dressing habits will garner the view of "classy act", across all audiences (and they will always remember...) 'Classy' really works . Example: David Bowie Beyond this basic tenet, Some ideas to help young emerging bands lend to awesome stage presence: (If you invest in good music equip...why not invest in good clothing too?)


Fedora (Country Style)

1) GENRE & THEME: Stick to swag that fits your genre.. (Ex: If you are a 'metal' head... don't wear a cowboy hat... unless you have a fanged Python on flames for its head band). Across all genres, there is an infinite number of themes, which work well: Primus is pretty good at it. 2) WEATHER SENSITIVE: Long coats and jackets are always cool... but don't try wearing that at an outdoor summer fest or an indoor facility that has no AC ... Unless of course, you are Buckethead . And definitely take care to not allow any signature, which you have worked hard to develop, turn into a sad yesterday's cliche...




3) THAT LUCKY FACE: Grow beards & mustaches..or ...Shave beards & mustaches, Consider Hair cuts and dyes, and cut-patterns wherever appropriate. All Good. Mix it up! Tattoos are a thing too... (The difference is you cant shave off the tattoo...Plan accordingly) 4) GIMMICKS: Avoid too much gimmick... RHCP (Red Hot Chile Peppers) showed up on stage once...all naked except for socks (not on their feet) , Its shock value lent to the overall concert experience, But, a repeat would just be creepy... Not being one to stay fixed on any one thing... they came out at another show..., wearing giant lightbulb masks... Entertainers Like Lady Gaga went as far as to where a meat dress once... (Around here, that would be pretty whack...A hot chick AND Barbecue?)


Most of us cant afford the wardrobes of these titan performers... but at the early stage its not about trying to set or keep up the trends... Its about personal pride to look as awesome as you can on that stage. Half of Elvis Presley's early public success probably came by way of his haircut and style... (All he was trying to do was look clean cut with 'some edge'.) It became iconic of the 50's RnR era People will notice these things and I believe it sets you apart from other acts in very subtle but critical ways...

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