TR I find it really liberating to play on the street. We don't set a time that we have to be somewhere or where we have to be. Other than this Friday, that was our target when we said lets get out there and get going and plan on the first friday in May at this location. The band thing gets so frustrating because everyones priorities are different. Just look at Cnev's Same old Same old thread. I have all the songs memorized, I take one gig bag with guitar (extra strings), capos, picks, harps and rack. The missus brings our stools and her ukulele. We can walk around like that till we find an inviting spot. People will always stop, maybe not many and they might not stay but they acknowledge our existance at least.
Compare that to yesterday. We subbed for the worship leader who was out of town. Rehersal on Wednesday, a 30 mile drive for us. Drummer can't make it. We don't know if he will be there Sunday or not. He was and I had about five minutes to explain the set and where and how I wanted it to go. Then you deal with the set. Do we do songs that the congregation likes to hear us do? Maybe something new? Not with one rehersal no. There is a reason for the worship set and it isn't for me to show off my playing skills so the order and tempo of the songs need to fit in their proper spots and there is always the posibility of interruption for other reasons. Then there is the sound system. Is everything set right? Why aren't the monitors working? And of course the powerpoint for lyrics isn't playing right either. And thats just rehersal.
Then double that because we played with another group on Sunday night at a different church. That meant rehersing on Saturday night.
By the time we got home last night we were both convinced that the two of us, alone, was the way to go. We will avoid scheduling gigs and just try to get out once a week. Well after this weekend and the 19th when we are scheduled to play at a church picnic in North Topeka