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What do you wear when you perform?

M. Ted (inactive) 24 Jan 00 - 01:46 PM
Allan C. 24 Jan 00 - 02:18 PM
Joe Offer 24 Jan 00 - 02:24 PM
Joe Offer 24 Jan 00 - 02:28 PM
BDenz 24 Jan 00 - 02:52 PM
JR 24 Jan 00 - 03:44 PM
sophocleese 24 Jan 00 - 03:54 PM
Bob Bolton 24 Jan 00 - 04:40 PM
GUEST,Mbo 24 Jan 00 - 04:49 PM
Clinton Hammond2 24 Jan 00 - 04:59 PM
GUEST,reeebop 24 Jan 00 - 05:11 PM
M. Ted (inactive) 24 Jan 00 - 05:44 PM
The Shambles 24 Jan 00 - 05:44 PM
Áine 24 Jan 00 - 06:05 PM
reggie miles 24 Jan 00 - 06:08 PM
JenEllen 24 Jan 00 - 06:49 PM
bbelle 24 Jan 00 - 06:51 PM
GUEST,emily rain 24 Jan 00 - 06:58 PM
Ferrara 24 Jan 00 - 07:04 PM
Magpie 24 Jan 00 - 07:12 PM
Midchuck 24 Jan 00 - 07:31 PM
GUEST,Sorcha 24 Jan 00 - 07:34 PM
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InOBU 24 Jan 00 - 07:42 PM
M. Ted (inactive) 24 Jan 00 - 07:52 PM
Áine 24 Jan 00 - 08:07 PM
Mikal 24 Jan 00 - 08:15 PM
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Subject: What do you wear when you perform?
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 01:46 PM

I alienated some former students (who, I had thought, were also good friends) because I made a remark about the fact that a friend of theirs, and a performer, ought to have at least put on a clean pair of sneakers when he performed as the opening act for a certain sixties folk/pop million seller music legend at the local theatre--

A long haired, bearded person, he had not bothered to wash his hair, he wore an unkempt T-shirt, and scruffy(not clean) blue jeans, and really dirty white reeboks--he basically looked like he had spent the day cleaning out the basement--

I realize that people dress like this for informal sessions, and even for dancing, especially if it is outside and in the Summer, but this was in a theatre, on a Saturday night, with an SRO crowd, many (if not most) of whom were dressed up--

The sixties folk/pop idol was dressed for the occassion, as well(though not in the rather theatrical hippie style that he was known for in his heyday).

My friends have not spoken to me since, but have relayed sarcastic and even angry comments on this incident through mutual acquaintances--

Any thoughts?


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Allan C.
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 02:18 PM

I think a lot has to do with the occasion and what kind of image you want to portray for that occasion. I haven't been onstage but once in the past twenty-some years (but I am starting to get back into things now) so I can only go by what I have seen in others and by what I did recently. I performed for a winter holiday event which was to be attended by a couple of hundred of my coworkers and the administrative staff. I decided to wear jeans, street-shoes, and a red, long-sleeve silk shirt. By doing this, I think I looked a little dressy, a bit colorful (appropriate to the season) and somewhat casual all at once. I think it worked. I heard nothing to the contrary.

Personally, I like the idea of combining a little bit of looking dressy with a casual appearance. There might be an event or two for which I would add a brown suede blazer-like jacket I own. But that would be about as far as I would take the "dressy" thing.

My overall image for those who know me well, is that of one predisposed to wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Those same people would also be likely to know that I despise wearing ties. It would be incongruous for me to perform while wearing a tie. The image would be a lie. Therefore, I would more than likely decline any gig which would require one. It just isn't me. I would not appear onstage looking like someone other than me.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 02:24 PM

Well, Ted, I wear plaid. This stems from my upbringing in Wisconsin, back in the days before the yuppies invaded....

It is an interesting question, though. My punk rocker sons often smell rather "ripe" when they're performing, but then so does everybody in the room. They're middle-class kids, experimenting with living on the streets, riding the rails, and all that. Now they're getting a bit older, and they're starting to smell better. I think there have always been performers and other artists who believed in having a disheveled look, that this was somehow more "artistic" than bathing.

Bill Staines has the most casual appearance of any folk performer I've seen. He wears rumpled clothes and battered boots, and his guitar looks like it's seen combat. He smells OK, though, and his appearance makes you feel very comfortable.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 02:28 PM

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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Áine
Date: 24-Jan-00 - 02:24 PM

Dear M.Ted,

I suppose that anyone's style of dress is a very subjective matter. On one hand, I can understand how you felt about the 'dishabille' of the aforementioned performer. On the other hand, I'm assuming that this performer thought that his style of dress was either irrelevant to his music and/or message, or, he thought that his wardrobe added to his music and/or message.

I remember having a reaction similar to yours at a performance of a very well-known female singer/songwriter. I thought that the see-through dress sans bra was a little much; but, then this young lady sat down on a chair in center stage to play her guitar and sing, and, well, it was a case of 'I see Paris, I see France . . .', if you know what I mean. Casual dress I can understand; but exposing one's self on stage I cannot.

Before I went to this woman's performance, I enjoyed her music very much. Now, I can't stand to listen to it.

-- Áine


Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Bert
Date: 24-Jan-00 - 02:26 PM

A plain western cut shirt or an off white "folk" sweater, black slacks (or jeans it they're fairly new), black shoes or newish black sneakers.

BTW, does anyone think that we should have a Mudcat "performing" shirt?

Bert.


Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: MMario
Date: 24-Jan-00 - 02:31 PM

No, Bert, I think we should allow a mudcat to choose it's own performing attire, just as the rest of the 'catters do.

Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 24-Jan-00 - 02:35 PM

MTed

I generally wear dress pants or freshly-washed and creased jeans (unfaded), plaid shirt and solid tie or solid shirt and plaid tie, polished leather boots (I don't allow sneakers on stage with me) and a fedora hat. I do this primarily because I feel that it shows the respect I feel for the tradition in which I'm performing, and also because folks usually dress fairly nicely to attend our concerts. The folks from whom I learned much of my music thought enough of the music to dress acceptably when performing it onstage, and I feel obligated to do the same. I realize that this attitude brands me as an anachronistic old curmudgeon; I can live with that, too.

(damn, it's hard to fix things when the 'Cat is loading slow....)


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: BDenz
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 02:52 PM

I almost always wear black. Sometimes it's "spiced up" with my Gordon tartan scarf; sometimes with jewelry. Winter it's long sleeves. Summer it's short or sleeveless. But it's almost always black. [Sometimes, I'll go for a hint of color and do dark green]. The only time I don't do black is for RennFaires or SCA events -- which are usually summer and hot.

Black comes from long years of classical concerts and from the general tradition of the musicians being "invisible" in performance in traditional times. Rumpled, it still looks fine. Hot, it doesn't show sweat. It covers a mass of physical "anomalies." And I feel comfortable in it.

Most of the local scene wears flannel shirts or t-shirts and jeans in varying degrees of rumpledness.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: JR
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 03:44 PM

My reaction would have been the same as M Ted. I think dirty/smelly belongs in the back yard, the basement or garage. I think if you're going to put youself on stage, you owe your audience the respect of straightening up a bit.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: sophocleese
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 03:54 PM

Bernard Shaw, I think, said that all dress was fancy dress. When you're up on stage you're sending a message, playing a part, for the audience. Different parts and messages need different clothes. This young mans state of disarray seems to be this generation's blue jeans revolution. A deliberate attempt to push the focus away from outward appearance and towards the music. How many people forty years ago would have worn even clean jeans for a gig?


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 04:40 PM

G'day all,

over my ~40 years of involvement in the Australian Folk Revival, I have always believed in the value of a bit of dress sense. As I perform in a colonial (19th century for us) tradition I prefer a few hints of older, sensible bush (country) styles ... light moleskin trousers, fairly basic coloured shirts, contrasting waistcoat, Akubra hat.

For formal occasions (like the colonial balls we run 2 or 3 times a year and, for which I often play with The Heritage Ensemble) it is either cleaner, 'flasher' versions of the above (in the style of the 19th century "Flash Coves" ... young bloods who could afford flashy gear) or ... reluctantly ... formal wear, which hasn't changed much in 150 years.

For years I have fought against the "arse-out-of-the dirty-jeans" contingent. In running events, and in advising musicians booked by my wife's Agency, I suggest that they are not dressed for the stage if the client's barkeeper expects them to pay for their drinks!

regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Mbo
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 04:49 PM

I've only performed in public a few times, but I've worn the same thing every time--dress pants, dress shoes, dress shirt, and pullover sweater (varying patterns, of course, for different occasions.) Then again, the performances were in a rather formal setting (mostly) so the occasions warranted it: 3 performances of "Christmas In Our Heart" Christmas show at the Jacksonville Mall, my junior classical guitar recital at Community College, performance for the president and administrators of the North Carolina Community College System in Raleigh, and the Coastal Carolina Community College Awards Dinner. One day I'll perform in my usual jeans and baggy shirt!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 04:59 PM

Ummm.. from the top down....

My grandfathers old grey fedora... (Last of the Working Stetsons)

Hair pulled back in pony tail... Buttoned shirt, undone to here... vest over it... Nice black or dark blue jeans... well polished boots...

and that's to play the pub... if I'm gonna be on a stage, I'll go even more neat... maybe trim the beard up... Nice dress shoes or garrison boots and black kakies (huh?)

Cause, it's better to look good than to feel good...

and Darlin'... and you know who you are...

I look marvellous!! LOL!!!!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,reeebop
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 05:11 PM

if i showed up at any of my performances in a spiffy, or even fashionable , dress---i'd proably be laughed at and i'd feel uncomfotable--as if i'm trying to be someone else....

usually i wear a white tank top (looks nice against my red guitar and i like to have my arms free) with either jeans or a long skirt (though sometimes a skirt can get dangerous---i seem to have a klutz thing going on in them and i manage to always rip them....)

but i usually go without shoes and my whole group usually does too---it came from when we had a really long rehearsal bore our biggest-ever performance and we took off our shoes to relax and get grounded----we had the most amazing rehearsal and it stuck... :)


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 05:44 PM

My last known costume ( I stopped playing about seven years ago) was a chartreuse camp shirt with a black velvet vest, black bicycle pants, and alligator boots with silver heel and toe plates, and a lot of silver bracelets and such--

Before that, I had a white dinner jacket with black silk shirt and vintage handpainted tie with a Sunset on the Palm trees scene--

One of my fave outfits was a Rayon Hawaiian cut shirt that was Tweety bird yellow with big black polka dots, with either black or white linen pants black and yellow striped socks, and black suede slip-ons with silver and feather buckles--

My repertoire at the time was a mix of blues and twenties-forties standards, plus strange requests and the odd Hawaiian song--


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: The Shambles
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 05:44 PM

I do not tend to think very much about what I wear any time. When on stage I do try and insure that my flies are done up. I don't always suceed though.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Áine
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 06:05 PM

Roger, if I'm in the audience you'd better be 'done up'! Unless, of course, you'd like me to stand up and sing 'I've seen Paris . . .' ;-)

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: reggie miles
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 06:08 PM

I've always been attracted to vintage clothes. The old lines caught my eye right off while rummaging through garage sales and thrift stores in my youth. I still fancy old threads, though they are harder to come by now that so many seek them out. I don't search as much as I used to but still enjoy a dated look even if it's just a great old tie. There was a time when my entire look was all comprised of vintage fashion and lately I've been trying to recapture more of that in my performances. I don't know, maybe it's a mid-life Crysler thing. I just whacked off most of my twenty years of hair growth to try the look I had just after I gradgiated frum colleg again. I figure twenty years or so is long enough maybe it's time to try something new, er, old. I enjoy the chance to get a little gussied up for a gig no matter how casual the setting might otherwise be. The old music I play seems to fit well with the old clothes, they're both just a reflection of what I enjoy. Someone I knew long ago said, "it's not the clothes, it's who's inside'em."


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: JenEllen
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 06:49 PM

Comfort is a big element. See-through and fly jokes aside...you are exposing yourself just by being there. I like to be comfortable when sharing my innermost. Faded jeans, clean and not torn to shreds...t-shirt or tank top depending on weather, and boots or barefoot, depending on weather once again. Never do I leave the house for a gig with out my elephant charm around my neck.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: bbelle
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 06:51 PM

Well ... I always wear my guitar placed strategically in front. Then I swirl my long hair around my body in such a way that all pertinent body parts are covered. 'Tis a tantalizing effect, to be sure, but one that suits my audiences ... moonchild


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,emily rain
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 06:58 PM

something something something
and i never wears no clothes
i wraps my hair around my bare
and down the road i goes.

-shel silverstein


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Ferrara
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:04 PM

I try to wear a relaxed, casual outfit that still looks dressed up. For example, I might wear a long denim skirt with a hand-painted or embroidered T-shirt. Or wear a pleated, print skirt that falls well, and a solid color blouse. I adore hand made jewelry and can usually find something striking to complement an outfit, maybe a formed-leather necklace, or some antique beads, or recently someone gave me a butterfly pin made of Belgian lace.

If I'm playing my zither or zither-harp, I have to make sure my skirt or slacks aren't made of a slippery material that will make it hard to keep hold of the instruments! -- But I tend to wear longish skirts rather than slacks. Now that I think of it, that may be because I want to hide the extra pounds where I sit....

I know a lot of women singers who are a treat to watch as well as listen to, partly because they always dress in gorgeous, ethnic-looking clothes and jewelry. They've been an influence on me. - Rita F


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Magpie
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:12 PM

It differs a bit according to the occasion. On New Year's Eve I chose dressy. I mean, all the guests wore their best finery, and I wouldn't have felt comfy wearing worn jeans, and a t-shirt. A pub-gig is another ball-game altogether. I usually wear jeans and maybe a dressy top. But whatever I wear, I always have a shower first. Gee, I sweat enough as it is up there, I don't want to start the gig smelling like nobody's business! I don't normally wear a lot of make-up, but I put on a bit extra when I'm doing gigs. Stage lights have a tendency of making you look rather pale and sallow, and I don't want to look like I'm completely knackered (Although I usually am on a Fridsy gig after a long week at work).

Magpie


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Midchuck
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:31 PM

There is a clothing-optional resort in the southeastern US that has a folk festival every year. We applied for a gig a year or two ago, but didn't get it. Now that would have been an interesting decision to have to make....

Peter.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:34 PM

Depends on where we're playing, and what...I play in an Old Time String Band, and we do lots of different things. When we play historical re-enactments, of course we are in period clothes, @1879. For ordinary stuff, like town Summerfests, we all usually wear decent jeans, and usually some sort of light denim blue tops. We don't try to co-ordinate, but usually end up wearing the same type stuff. For the Eastern Star ladies, we will submit to long denim skirts and silk shirts, and for stage gigs, we tend to dress up a little more than for the Hay Bale Float in the parade. We once did an "I Hate Winter" Hawaiian theme party, and we all wore shorts and wild shirts ( it was only 20F that nite!) I think clean and neat is more important than exactly what performers have on. I too, tend to be put off by the severe "grunge" look and think that looking at performers clothing detracts from the music aspect of a performance, but the clothing definitely needs to sort of blend with the style of music. Can you see Grandpa Jones in a tux????


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:37 PM

Oh.................perform..................... music....................I get it .......... See, I was thinking like, you know..."PERFORM!!!"........but,uh.........skip it...................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: InOBU
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:42 PM

To see what I wear when I perform, see the photo of me performing in bbc s photo colection. It also happens to be what I wear all day long, most days. I kind of think Irish music in a tie and formal jacket would be just too wierd. Though,I must admitt to going through a thin tie and waistcoat period every once and a while, when I also find myself drawn to collars, which I seem to have sworn off somewhere or another
All the best
Larry


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:52 PM

This was all just a set up for you, Spaw--thank you for delivering!!!!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Áine
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:07 PM

I just wish I had the guts to follow moonchild's example . . . ah well, not all of us have her fortitude! The last time I performed I followed my mother's advice: 'Cover yourself from your neck to your knees, girl. They're there to hear the song, not to see your dress!' Of course, I was singing at the local KoC hall . . .

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Mikal
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:15 PM

Emily Rain:

The line is "My beard grows, down to my toes, I doesn't wear no clothes. I wraps my hair around my bare, and down the road I goes."

Myself? Long sleeves, either plaid lumberjack or dunim, (chambray for summer.) Good, but faded jeans or fairly new work pants, suspenders, Natural color mule-hide cowboy boots that have been around.

Then I can wear the leather wheel hat or the black hiker and look okay. Much of what I would like to wear does not come in the "Oh My God It Is Alive And Comming My Way" size.

Then I just make sure that the beard and hair are clean and nice, and try to seem awake.

Of course, doing the "other stuff" I am in full dress Norse, circa 900 AD.

Mikal


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:18 PM

G'day,
Click here to see the Beat Around The Bush Band dressed as for a gig. The band includes Alison & Alan of Oz.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Victoria
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:26 PM

Fashion meets tradition...what a great thread! :-) I agree with several of the folks who posted, when they said what a performer wears should reflect themselves. Wearing something that is not "you" can only be uncomfortable, and who needs more distractions on stage? I favor a purely eclectic mix of vintage-style clothing with the occasional trendy or hip addition... (and who would have thought green combat boots would go so well with full length vintage velvet?) It may be my years in theatre beginning to tell, but I seem to opt for a whole "look", and match lots of (handmade or vintage)accessories to whatever I am wearing... that and my trademark hats. Definitely an exercise in personal style! But then again, so is life! :-)


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: JedMarum
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:03 PM

whatever's clean and comfortable!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,_gargoyle
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:15 PM

Sure, worn a "costume" when hackin' at a wash-tub bass....and playing around and it was expected.

However, if it is not a recording session (where you can wear only your underwear ... if you dare....as long as you are good, are punctual, and stick to union-scale)

A professional attire is required, black shoes, black socks, black pants, black shirt/white shirt-black-tie(depending upon the local prefernce....but black seems to have won out lately)

If you want to SCORCHED!!!! were white socks....the wrath of a conductor makes my own MC tirads seem small.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Caitrin
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:42 PM

Well, with my choral group it's the regulation long black dress, black hose, black flats, no perfume, no jewelry, etc. My conductor is apparently much like _gargoyle's; I have no wish whatsoever to face her wrath.
On the few occasions when I've performed less formally, it's been clean jeans and a decent shirt. For casual performances, I figure it's mostly a matter of personal taste and the audience one is playing for.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Kristi H
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:56 PM

In our old time string band, us girls have discovered a truly unique tye die artist and in the past two years, we have only worn his dresses on stage. The fellows always end up wearing blue jeans and some type of blue shirt(between button down and ragged muscle t shirts). That wasn't planned, but they always end up playing in blue shirts. Us girls coordinate our dresses so our color scheme matches. Since our band mates are out of town, our new members have managed to coordinate the dress and blue shirts. It wasn't planned but tie dye(please help me with the correct spelling)dresses and blue shirts seems to be our standard dress. It must work, because even though our band mates have been out of town for over a month, we keep getting asked to play at events.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: JamesJim
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 11:26 PM

At least be clean and smell good. Jeans and a long-sleeve or short-sleeve sport shirt (depending on the season) works for me. Once sung with a trio and we did a lot of Kingston Trio stuff. I have some nice striped shirts that helped set the mood. Jim


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Benjamin
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 01:35 AM

That depends on the gig.

I haven't done a lot of performing at my young age, but I plan to do a lot more.

The last time I performed, I was part of a 40 peice guitar orchastra. I had planned to wear a white shirt and black pants along with dress shoes. Forgot to change when I got out the door and wound up wearing a thick blue cotton shirt for the army surplus store, jeans, a pair of Filas (shoes) and a Santa Clause hat (it was a Christmas concert). Would of worked had I been up there playing old blues tunes and what not. I was playing Classical guitar (with 39 other guitarists) though.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 06:26 AM

Refresh.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Banjer
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 06:38 AM

Since I do not perform publicly (having a voice that could curdle milk) most of my singing is limited to the shower. Therefore I can honestly say I wear nothing whilst performing!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 06:47 AM

Clinton, my house, now!!!

BTW, do you have any leather trousers............ (slurp)

Seriously, would you pay to see someone looking like a gargabe heap? Well, unless it is a punk band.... SO wears a selection of disgustingly bright and scary waistcoats when playing, a lot of which, I'm responsible for.....

In church I try to be a bit smart, but for big occasions I try to dress in the same colour as the church dressings - white for Easter, red or gold for Christmas, purple for Holy Week, and black for Good Friday. If we have a big do, midweek, like a dedication, we have tried to co-ordinate with all in blue.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Mbo
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 07:54 AM

Benjamin--from one young classical guitarist to another--cheers! (And long live Villa-Lobos!)

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 08:52 AM

It depends on the venue. I once did a performance at the Union League Club on Park Ave, in NY City, and, I was expected to wear a Tuxedo!! I said, "No way, I dont own one, and I'll be damned if I will rent one." I wound up wearing a 3 piece suite (Navy blue) and, I was UNDERDRESSED! The worst part was, they didnt want subtle Maine humor, they wanted raunchy jokes. I earned my pay that night, but, never again.

Usually, I wear chinos and a striped dress shirt for after dinner gigs, but, at bluegrass festivals or folk festivals I wear CLEAN WHOLE jeans. Out of respect for both myself and my audience, I would never appear looking like I cleaned porta Johns for a living.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 10:09 AM

Thanks fer the offer Liz! hehehehehe

I'll be right there...

;-)

It's folks like you, are very good for my ego... Maybe I'll finally get around to filling out my bio and sending a pic in to Mudcat.. that way you can actually see me and realise how misguided you are!! LOL!!!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Peg
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 02:13 PM

hi all;

I collect vintage clothing so I like to wear something unusual, colorful (unless I am opting for all black) and, if possible, confortable...

re: Peter mentioned being invited to perform at a clothing-optional site...LOL...I have been performing at pagan gatherings for years and have never once seen anyone in the band go onstage nude or even partially...it is usually just too cold at night which is when most concerts take place...personally I do not walk around naked even on hot days except at my own campsite among friends; refilling tiki torches is much easier without clothes on...besides a sarong is lightweight enough to feel like almost nothing...

one group I perform with often at these gatherings, Green Crown, have a rather psychedelic bent to their songs, so they often wear outlandish trippy clothes onstage; the upright bass player, Violet, makes crocheted hats and mushroom pendants so she has made some very colorful headgear (including one that looks like a giant fairy toadstool...)

anyway, for a look at what I might typically wear to perform at one of these "clothing optional but cold at night" venues(from the shoulders up, only, sorry but you can imagine the rest--long sheer black skirt over black tights and black engineer boots!) try this...

http://www.witchvox.com-twv-twv_images_jmg_peg.jpg

peg


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Áine
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:05 PM

Dear peg,

Your link didn't work, so I made this blue clicky thing here.

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Peg
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:09 PM

thanks Aine; I think I used dashes where I should have used slashes...i am no whiz at the blue clicky thing, that's for sure...

now that I look at that picture again it is not that clear what I am wearing--but it is a lace-up brown suede vest/bodice over a black lace slip...with the afore-mentioned foot gear...the original picture has me holding up a silver goblet and at least three other leather-clad lads in it...

I have trouble using the scanner I have at work; it does not let me save things as jpeg images..anyone have any advice on that? (personal reply is fine)

peg


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:13 PM

Hey Peg, how do I get to be a Paegan?


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: shep
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:19 PM

I ware anything I feel comfortable in.

You should be seen for your music, not what you ware. Most folkies dont care what they ware. They are not that superficial.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Wesley S
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 04:17 PM

Whenever possible I'll wear a suede vest with pockets for a capo and extra picks. I tend to wear darker color shirts to contrast against the light color of my guitar and mandolin. Not to mention my cleanest jeans and boots or suede wingtips. In church I'll wear a suit with the jacket on - the other guys tend to want to perform in their shirtsleeves. And I try to wear one of my Jerry Garcia ties if I'm going to wear a tie.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Joe
Date: 01 Feb 00 - 11:33 PM

I perform best when I wear nothing @ all


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: buster
Date: 02 Feb 00 - 05:59 PM

I wear glitter shoes. I make them myself from old running shoes, covered with glitter glue. Also, I prefer wild shirts. I'm not that good a musician; I get more comments on my shoes than on my music (P.S., I'm a drummer--bodhran--in an Irish band.) buSter


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 24 Jul 02 - 12:48 PM

depends on the season & heating/cooling in the venue.

usually i wear what's comfortable- shirt, jogging bottoms [no flies on me!].

lots of venues have spotlights & these can make you overheat. sometimes, esp. in winter, when i've been all togged up against the elements, we've gone on stage only for me, usually after the 1st number, to be removing layers of clothing, often to the extre entertainment of the audience!


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