Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to June. While summer might not technically start until June 20th, I've always gone by the theory that summer kicks off with Memorial Day weekend. That's certainly when people start acting like its' summer. Shorts, flip-flops, barbecues, iced coffee - these are a few of my favorite things and they all mean that summer, and the summer gig season, is here.
Gigging in the summer is a whole different ballgame from the rest of the year. Playing outdoors in the elements brings a different set of challenges and rewards for you and your audience. That's why we've rounded up a few of our past articles about summer gigging. We've offered our own advice and sought out the wisdom of some of our most veteran outdoor giggers to put these articles together so please have a look and add your own advice in the comments below:
GigMasters Guide to Outdoor Gigs - Tips from a wide variety of GigMasters entertainers on what to bring to an outdoor gig, how to stay out of the sun and why an extra shirt is always a good idea.
Keep Your Cool During Hot Gigs - Another round of tips to keep you from overheating at those summer gigs. These come straight from the leader of a steel drum band, someone who knows a little something about what to do when gigs get hot hot hot!
Apps for Finding Cheap Gas on the Road - Unless you travel by train, gassing up the ride is one of the biggest expenses for just about any gigging entertainer. Everyone wants to know where the cheapest gas is along their route, check out the apps that can help save you cash.
2012 Summer Music Festival Calendar - Sure, it might be a little late to get your band accepted to play at any major music festivals...but you never know!
Let us know your own advice for beating the heat and have an amazing summer!!