What to Bring to the Gig

It is (oh so) easy to forget something you need at a gig. Try making a gig checklist or creating a “gig bag” so you will always have what you need.

Here are some things I make sure to have with me.

  • my music and songbooks (and enough copies for me and all of my players)
  • my microphone and cable
  • my microphone and portable music stand (I LOVE my portable music stand!)
  • water bottle and non-mentholated throat drops
  • a map, the address and directions to the venue
  • a contact number for someone at the venue (ideally someone who will be at the venue on the day I’m performing)
  • the cell phone numbers of my players (I put them into my phone in advance)
  • my marketing materials (i.e. business cards, demo CDs, brochures, mailing list signup, etc.).

I also carry:

  • high-protein snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)
  • a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste
  • travel-size deodorant
  • aspirin (or ibuprofen)
  • breath mints or gum
  • pencil,  highlighters, Sharpies and scratch paper (handy for last minute set lists)
  • Scotch tape
  • safety pins, needle and thread
  • digital recorder/mp3 player with headphones
  • a camera
  • 2-3 blank CDs

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