The best kind of one-nighter gigs are the ones you can drive home from after the show (anything within four hours is my rule). The problem is that you don’t have to “pack” for this type of gig, so you may be likely to forget to bring something.
Here is a quick list of things you might forget to take to a one-nighter…
1. An extra shirt that won’t wrinkle: Eating in the car? You’re going to spill on yourself. Grab a shirt that will still match but won’t wrinkle.
2. “Square Reader” and cash: If you sell merch you should be using the Square App for those customers who don’t have cash. Leaving this behind could cost you gas money for the whole trip. Also, be sure to have small bills (fives) for change if you sell something for $15. A few ones to tip should help too.
3. Contact’s phone number: In case you’re late or lost, you should always let them know. This way you can avoid calling your booker and ruining your reputation. Just call the bar and let them know so they don’t get nervous.
4. Charger: Sometimes in the middle of nowhere your phone dies much sooner than it normally would (you already knew that), so be sure you can keep it charged because you don’t want to lose merch sales because you can’t access your Square App. I also use my phone as a timer in my pocket for while I’m on stage.
5. Mic Stand: This one is optional, but if you’re a guitar act or need both hands free for some reason, it would be a wise investment to keep one of these in your trunk. Some bars just don’t have mic stands which makes for an awkward mic exchange with the emcee. If you absolutely need one, buy and bring your own.
These are just a few of the many things you should remember. Find the rest of them by reading Don’t Wear Shorts on Stage.