What setup do you bring to club/bar/restaurant gigs?

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What setup do you guys use when you have a bar gig? Club, restaurant, etc. Obviously, it’s going to be different depending on style. Let’s assume rock/blues/etc oriented.

Anyone bringing out big drums with a 24? Or do you find that it tends to work better with a smaller setup? 20 bass and so on. I’d imagine that for many of us, these gigs don’t involve mic’s on the drums.

A few years ago, when I had this situation, I would usually bring out old super classics. In hind sight, smaller drums may have been the ticket there. At the same time, a 24x14 just has a certain thing that a small kick drum doesn’t have...IMO.


How about cymbals?
 
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My typical set up is a 22" kick, 10"/12"/16" toms. Anything more where we typically play, is overkill.
 

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Most of the bars in my area today have small stages, so I'll scope it out first. I use my 10-12-14-18 "Bop 'n Roll" kit (Gretsch Renowns) for most every venue, big or small. However, if the stage is tiny, I will go with one of my sit-down Rogers Parklane cocktail kits. On occasion, when there is no stage, I'll use a stand-up cocktail configuration.
 

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I was recently thinking of getting a bop kit of some sort but I decided to go with my (perhaps flawed) ideas that:

- I'll use my 22" BD, ported with adjustable muffling to cover any situation
- The 22 x 14 footprint isn't that much more (in my mind) than an 18" bop, once you add cymbal stands and all. The 22 is shallower, just taller
- A bop kit is still going to need to be muffled in some situations. To me, the 22 (or even 20) is easier, especially if ported.
- You are correct - it simply plays better, to me at least.

That's all I got! :)
 

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4 or 5 piece, depending on how tight the stage area is. Where I really struggle is with cymbals. I like to bring 6 +hats, and that is often not practical in a bar gig.
 

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I literally only bring what is required, nothing more. I remember playing with a cover act for years, only brought: bass, snare, hi hat, crash/ride and floor tom. That's it. I learned to get many voices out of few options. However, for most gigs these days: bass, snare, one rack, one floor, hi hat, ride and two crashes. I might bring a spare snare, percussion, or electronics, if the gig requires it. Rarely anything bigger then a 4 piece, though.
 
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sorta maybe depends on the respect you have for the gig..
like the time I set up a bass drum and snare two cymbals and a hi hat. that was all 'the gig deserved; and no one noticed the difference.
i don't like jobs like that so I don't play with that band steady (no)
 

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It depends. But for a loud rock/blues gig, I'd go 13/16/22. Maybe 13/16/20 depending on whether there is a sound guy/system. For cymbals, HH, left crash, ride and right crash mounted off the ride.......

Polska - my buddy had a DW 12/14/22 he used as a "bop" kit. The problem was that the 22 (no muffling) was so dang big & boomy that just the slightest tap overshadowed the toms both by volume and deep frequencies.

There is something to be said for an 18" bass - you can sort of tune up a 20 but tuning up a 22 just doesn't sound that good IMO.......I'm interested to hear how you muffle a 22 to not overpower the rest of your kit.
 

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I’m full time. I gig a lot. And it’s either 22,12,14 tuned lower. Or 18,12,14 tuned higher. Occasionally I’ll bring the 18 for a louder rockish restaurant gig if I’m really worried about things getting out of control, but not often.

Bigger rooms generally get the 20” crashes. Sometimes I bring smaller cymbals to smaller rooms. Hard to say.
 

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For local quite rooms it's 12, 14 &18. For moderate volumes and slightly more aggressive styles it's a 12, 14 & 20 then for louder local work it's 12, 16 & 22. I have larger kits but keep those for the show work, local jobbing gigs where I'm doing the hauling is always a 4 peice kit with 2 to 3 cymbaos.
 

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This topic's title represents the majority of jobs I do, so after scoping out the band area I'll usually bring what I deem appropriate for the venue and oftentimes that's whatever I want. ( S, M or L as shown below)

I've done these types of jobs with a 2-pc "Bikini kit" to a full 6-pc. if the mood strikes and space allows.
Mostly, it's a 4-pc. with ride hat and 2 crashes, with bass drums from 18" to 24"

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This topic's title represents the majority of jobs I do, so after scoping out the band area I'll usually bring what I deem appropriate for the venue and oftentimes that's whatever I want. ( S, M or L as shown below)

I've done these types of jobs with a 2-pc "Bikini kit" to a full 6-pc. if the mood strikes and space allows.
Mostly, it's a 4-pc. with ride hat and 2 crashes, with bass drums from 18" to 24"

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The Yamahas look great. What are they exactly?
 

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It depends if it's outside or if I drive our singer. He's notorious for being late, so for those gigs and any outdoor gigs I bring my 22/16/12 Pearl Export kit that I stripped off the wrap and stained. I don't put it in bags/cases, so it's a quicker setup and it since there's no wrap, it won't bubble up in the sun.

Indoor or nighttime outside gigs I'll bring my 24/16/12 Gretsch Cat Club kit.

For the venue with a really small "stage" I'll bring my 16/13/10 Ludwig Breakbeats.

Every kit has a built-in iso mount bass drum mic, and for the Pearl and Gretsch I'll mic the snare and toms and sometimes use an overhead, esp. if it's outside.
 

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I've done 22/13/16 or 22/12/13/16 forever. Recently using 20/12/13/16. Loving the 20" kick, and having 2 toms up really is my sweet spot. So I probably won't play 4 piece any more unless I get back into a jazz thing.
 

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I used to obsess over this topic, as one night I'd be playing a cramped stage in a dive bar, and a festival the next [without backline, naturally]

I live in an small apartment and have a small storage space/workshop. I got sick of going there and loading/unloading small kit for small gigs - big kit for bigger gigs.

I've gone minimalist and now only own two kits and one snare - both are 22/13/16 w/ a pork pie BOB snare. Small enough for small spaces - big enough for bigger. Like Goldilocks said..... "just right" [at least for me]
 

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Real small spaces: hi-hats & snare drum. Here is a video from a venue that did not allow drum kits (they usually had solo and duo acts):


News up in increasingly larger kits, culminating in about the largest kit I would consider bringing to any gig: (20/12/14 + hats and 2 rides):

 

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