Local band inducted in MD Entertainment Hall of Fame
Baltimore County-based band The Gigs, with lead singer Reed Martin, has been inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame.
The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame honors performers who have made a significant contribution to the history of entertainment in Maryland.
At the ceremony, they served dinner, announced ever yone being inducted and distributed certificates.
In 1965, Martin came into The Gigs as the fifth member, a few weeks after the band was already established.
“I came in as a singer and saxophone player,” Martin said.
“Six months later we added a keyboard player,” he noted.
In 1966, they added an African-American singer who could sing soul music for one set, according to Martin.
British and American music was their core music selection, with occasional soul music by artist like Otis Redding and The Temptations.
At the end of 1967 the band dropped a few members and reformed.
Then in 1969, the band broke up because members weren’t happy with the direction of the group.
For three months, Martin played with a band called The Bristols before rejoining The Gigs, adding a drummer and keyboard player.
“Making the break-up “more like a vacation,” Martin said.
According to Martin, around 1971, The Gigs broke up completely and everyone went their separate ways.
Shortly after, Martin joined a band called Stagerwing and some of the members from The Gigs joined as well.
Stagerwing played together for couple years but eventually ended.
In 1973, The Gigs reformed, performing together until 1977.
The band went through a lot of changes but eventually parted ways and didn’t play music together for over 30 years.
In 2006, 35 years after breaking up, Martin, as well as the keyboard player, drummer, guitar player got back together.
“I was playing with a band called The Satellites,” Martin explained, “The band began to get a little sketchy, so I reformed The Gigs once again.”
Currently, Martin and Steven Adamski are the only original members of The Gigs; now there are three newer members.
“We perform at any venues pretty much,” Martin said.
“Except weddings,” he noted.
If they play a wedding, they have to take them as The Gigs, according to Martin.
“Its not a whole people that want that for a wedding; they want the wedding band to play every song they ever thought and we just don’t,” Martin said.
“We don’t want extra money to learn songs for a wedding,” he noted. “We play only what we like.” According to Martin, The Gigs don’t play for money, they play because they’re musicians.
The Gigs don’t charge much but sometimes people try to low-ball them.
“I don’t play to make the money,” Martin explained, “I play because it makes me feel good. I want money because they owe it to us, not because I need it.”
“I’m playing because I need to play,” he noted.
The Gigs have been making music for over 50 years.