“OH MY GOD, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY [INSERT MONTH HERE].” THAT’S definitely a mantra around my house, where two thirds of the residents live pretty much by the academic, rather than Gregorian calendar. Given my gig as editor of a monthly magazine, the unrelenting march of time shouldn’t come as a surprise to me. But it does. Every time. I might chalk it up to the mind-boggling necessary of planning our September issue in May or submitting December materials in mid-September, but I can never quite get on top of things. Part of my confusion certainly comes from the fact that the New Year for Bass Player is for all intents and purposes celebrated at Bass Player LIVE!, which this year falls on the weekend of November 2–3.
On that fateful weekend, stars align (and converge) on the streets of Los Angeles, which for the past five years has played host to the year’s biggest and best bass hang. We celebrate the state of bass with clinics and concerts. We stretch our budgets with ambitions to acquire the amazing gear on display. We honor the giants of our little universe with Lifetime Achievement Awards. And on Monday morning, we regroup and start planning for next year.
I’m especially excited this year, because we’re looking to shake things up a bit. Without contracts in hand, I’m reluctant to spill too many beans, but suffice it to say our Saturday evening concert party will be one for the ages. We plan to return to the Sunset Strip for two days of killer clinics and exhibits at S.I.R., but we’re upping the ante by moving to a much larger concert venue than our previous Key Club home. In the coming months, you’ll be hearing much more.
You don’t live in the area, you say? If you’re a freak for all things bass and you proudly fly that freak flag, do yourself a favor and make the trek. We’ll make it worth your while. In the meantime, ponder this pic, taken last year after Chris Squire accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award. And mark your calendars. Now. See you then!