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Thanks for getting all sweaty on me!

August 9, 2006

I attended a concert last Friday and the poor artist (Grant-Lee Phillips formerly of Grant-Lee Buffalo) was absolutely soaking wet with sweat by the end of the show. While I appreciated the effort, I felt really badly for him. Any tricks on dealing with a sweaty situation?

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at August 9, 2006 4:49 PM


Encourage women in the audinece to throw articles of clothing you can towel off on. This worked well for Engelbert Humperdinck.

Posted by: Jim Pipkin at August 9, 2006 6:05 PM

Ewwww...gross, Jim! Cooties!

Ann - any tricks for you...or for the artist?
My experience is even in a chilly hall, the artist is gonna work up a sweat...all part of the physical nature of performing. Canna help it.

There's a really cool, inexpensive neck scarf-looking thingie which can be had at discount stores and camping depts. in sporting stores. It's a narrow sewn bandana-like unisex scarf, filled with what looks like nothing, until you soak it in water (I like to soak mine in iced water!), then the silicon gel "sand" absorbes a kazillion times it's own weight and becomes a suasage like tube to tie about your neck. It's kind of slimy, but you soon avoid thinking about this as it begins to evaporate and to keep you exceptionally cool! I survived temps of over 100 degrees F. for a couple of weeks with one of these (kept it in my ice chest overnight).
They come in fashion colours to match your outfits, and if you wear tie-dye tee's, who cares what colour it is!
(It should be noted that they are reusable...just rinse and dry them out. Soak again for later use.)
Or, you could just wear a wet sarong, depending upon the venue, and keep misting yourself during breaks for applause.

Posted by: JL Braswell at August 10, 2006 12:15 AM

Put a basin with some ice and some towels in it on a stool just offstage. They will chill, the performer can use them to wipe and cool off between tunes.

Posted by: Christin Keck at August 14, 2006 10:02 AM

Maby placing a huge block of ice house ice, placed in an open deep tray, with a floor fan behind it, pointing at the performer. Cool breeze couldn't hurt
one bit!

Soak the performer's cap with iced water, wring it out, then have him put it on before going on stage. Maybe this might work better for an outdoor stage..
I like Christin's suggestion!

Posted by: JL Braswell at August 14, 2006 3:11 PM

Lastnight I spent a blissful evening with friends and ROBERT GOMEZ & TICO DA COSTA, with Olivier Glissant at The Red Room in Southtown San Antonio, Texas. "Thrilled" is putting my reaction to this LIVE experience lightly. It was hot!

It was also HOT, with only one wee window unit airconditioner to cover 70 + hot bodies in a narrow, beautifully and exotically bedecked listening room with elegantly cushioned benches along side walls, and large floor cushions tossed here and there; the ceiling draped with long swags of fluid red drapery.

It is very exotic, and the brainchild of Delphine Gunning, a gracious French firecracker who's intent is for The Red Room to function as an Art Gallery and Listening Room for LIVE music. It's an intimate experience, which truly lends itself to the connection between artist & audience. People here tend to have much love for this relatively new venue.

What a complete coup The Red Room and Music For Listeners (friend's radio show) pulled off by securing Tico da Costa (Brazil) & Robert Gomez (Texas) for the opening night of their North American tour!

You know, sometimes you just forget the heat because the music is so very sweet and caressing that all else just fades away.
After a while, you begin to realize that we're all in this sweaty thing together, so it really doesn't matter. And if anyone manages to swoon, just lay them gently down upon a floor cushion and fan them to the rhythm of the music.

Posted by: JL Braswell at August 18, 2006 2:25 PM

It's when you stop sweating and your tongue can no longer form words that things get real dangerous...

Posted by: JL Braswell at September 9, 2006 12:49 PM

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