Gigs in­ducted into MD HOF

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Dun­dalk 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 ev­ery­one 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.

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The Gigs have been mak­ing mu­sic for over 50 years.

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