So, here we are, coming out of our anniversary concert, and there isn’t much time to rest.
It’s my first chance to organize a gig.
I rashly volunteered to organize a performance for the Waltham Riverfest. Megan Gleeson of the Waltham Cultural Council approached me about this performance some time ago, and since Waltham is my home community and this a new event, I volunteered to organize the performance from the ONE side. I really want the Riverfest to succeed as an event, and I thought it would be fun to bring ONE to such a public performance in Waltham.
Now I’m learning exactly what it means to organize a gig.
So far, I’ve had to…
- Find out all the general details (time, location, stage size, where we’ll unload, how long the set should last…). This was the easy part, since Megan was super helpful.
- Find out who would be willing to play. We have a crew of six: Kate, Sheilarae, Joy, Matt, myself, and Tanya. (Thank goodness I’ve got a good crew!)
- Determine the set: Figure out what songs we can play well enough, what everyone wants to play, and then actually assign parts! This was challenging. I kept changing the song order, trying to balance things so that no one has to play too many songs…
- Decide what we’ll be wearing. (Our new black t-shirts, black pants, black tabi, and colorful hachimaki.)
- Make a loading list with all the needed equipment.
- Coordinate a little extra practice time. (Thanks to Mark, and a fortunate rehearsal plan, we got to play 3 of the 5 songs as part of our regular Thursday night rehearsal.)
- Communicate exactly what is needed and direct people as we gathered all the gear together at the end of rehearsal.
- Fit all that stuff into 2 cars (in the middle of a heavy downpour).
And today I still need to plan out what I’m going to say in between songs!
Okay, somehow it looks simpler when I list it out like this. Maybe I should have done that first!
I’m excited to see it all come together tomorrow!