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I’m usually playing bar gigs of the classic rock cover band variety. My usual go to is black shoes or black Vans, black or blue jeans and a black shirt or black T-shirt and it’s getting a little stale. What’s your go to wardrobe for gigs when a dress code isn’t given to you? I have some upcoming gigs that are more high profile and want to switch it up a bit.
 

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I like to find a shirt that is a bit different than ordinary street clothes. I'm always finding shirts in thrift stores that I think would be a cool "gig shirt". I seldom actually get to wear them though. The other two guys in my current band only seem to own jeans and T shirts so that's what I wear as well lest I stand out like a sore thumb.
 

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Usually jeans and a black t shirt, or a plain black western shirt.
 

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It depends on the requirements of the specific gig. I don't personally have "a look," nor am I interested in having one.
 

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I don't find it effective to dress like any customer in the bar, blending in as one of the punters. But while I think gig clothing should be elevated, I certainly don't think ridiculous showbusiness flash is useful either.

Any function you go to, think how the hosts or sponsors are dressed, versus the guests. I mean a public function, not somebody's house party. They're dressed appropriate to the setting, but they've upped their game because they own the event.

Likewise, when the audience catches sight of you in an off-moment before the show, they spot you immediately by your clothing. You're dressed to say, "That's right. I'm part of those who are taking responsibility for owning your experience tonight."
 

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I’m usually playing bar gigs of the classic rock cover band variety. My usual go to is black shoes or black Vans, black or blue jeans and a black shirt or black T-shirt and it’s getting a little stale. What’s your go to wardrobe for gigs when a dress code isn’t given to you? I have some upcoming gigs that are more high profile and want to switch it up a bit.
Black t-shirt, black shoes, and camo cargo shorts is the unofficial Florida metal head uniform.
 

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Depends on the gig. Theater give, it’s usually black shirt, black pants. Summer and outside, it’s shorts and T-shirt. Whatever it takes to be comfortable.
 

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I try to dress to show that yes, I'm part of your entertainment. I don't want to get ridiculous, but the entertainers should (usually) look different than the entertain-ees.

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And some correspondingly funky pair of vans.

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The other thing is that I'm usually wearing a Zildjian, Gretsch, or DW T-shirt and plain black Nikes during setup. I switch shirts and shoes right before we go on.
 

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Usually at shirt and jeans or dickie shorts and t shirt as far as shoes usually an adidas boost or cloud it’s my favorite drum shoe. Use to be vans or chucks but my feet ache after wearing them. Adidas boost or cloud foam are amazing.
 

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I don't find it effective to dress like any customer in the bar, blending in as one of the punters. But while I think gig clothing should be elevated, I certainly don't think ridiculous showbusiness flash is useful either.

Any function you go to, think how the hosts or sponsors are dressed, versus the guests. I mean a public function, not somebody's house party. They're dressed appropriate to the setting, but they've upped their game because they own the event.

Likewise, when the audience catches sight of you in an off-moment before the show, they spot you immediately by your clothing. You're dressed to say, "That's right. I'm part of those who are taking responsibility for owning your experience tonight."
That's kind of what I was driving at, something that makes people think "He must be in the band" before the show or during breaks. Nothing outlandish, no satin pants or anything, just something a minor cut above normal street attire. I do go for that in my jazz trio as those guys seem to do the same. In my previous band (Blues Brothers themed) we all wore black and/or white. Current rock band is as described above, overall kind of scuzzy looking actually.

In a previous band (back in the 1980s) we changed outfits for every set and for one had to wear Tuxedos....not cool James Bond type tuxes but truly ugly gray wedding style tuxes with a ruffled peach shirt (purchased used from a tux rental place). Just awful! The thing was they weren't intended to be funny or ironic in a "so bad it's good" sort of way, these guys actually picked this look because they thought it was a good combination. I hated every second I had to wear that stinky (dry clean only....um nope) thing. I refused to wear the jacket, claiming it impeded my playing too much. I'm a bit of a hoarder, tending to keep everything, but on the very day that band broke up I burned those clothes.
 

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Ever since the owner of a large club told me that I needed to dress so when I'm mingling in the crowd, I don't look like an audience member, I began taking it to heart.

I'm generally understated in how I dress, so not too obnoxious or flashy, but I try to look like I'm not a patron at the establishments where I play.
 

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Tight shoes and nothing that's going to ride up my ass.

Short sleeves.
 


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