Today I’ll be playing solo guitar at the Pan Pacific Hotel on the Vancouver water front. I’ll be in one of the 8 ocean view suites. I’ll be performing for an event called the Million Dollar Round Table Receptions. I have no idea what that means.
I’m to arrive on site at 4pm and be ready to play at 5pm. The client should arrive at 5:30pm and play until they leave at approximately 6:30pm. (I’m hired until 7pm. And that’s the gig.
Ok, I arrived at the Pan Pacific at 3pm and it looks like parking will cost me $32 so I went next door to the new convention centre and it’s only $2 cheaper so it’s off to the easypark 2 blocks away. But I’m going to wait 7 minutes before I enter to maybe save $3.50 as the time rolls over to 3:30pm.
Now I understand why most musicians show up 15 minutes before the gig. There all trying to save on parking!
Once I arrived at the ballroom I ran into Kari Heese. Kari is a wonderful photographer and I highly recommend her for any photography you may be looking for. She was doing a photo shoot for Boston Pizza.
So I began playing at 5pm. The ballroom I was playing was the Oceanview suite (rooms 1 thru 4) The problem playing this room is the large glass windows that wrap around the outside of the room. It is one of the loudest rooms I’ve ever played in. What I mean by that is one person could be talking quietly in the middle of the room and I can hear him acoustically amplified at the window I’m playing in front of. Now mutiply that volume with a room full of 100 to 200 people networking. The volume can really wear you down.
Fortunately I only had to play until 7pm. I then packed up and hit the road.
BTW… the parking only cost me $24.50. (I saved a buck)