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swampyankee
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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Feb 11th, 2016 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our fledgling oldies band has played all of 2 parties and one club gig so since I joined in August. Some real estate people at one of the parties heard us and asked if we'd play for the Board of Realtors annual awards banquet. It's in a function room at a nearby casino, so it could mean some good exposure, so of course we said yes.

Trouble is, we're 4 old blue-collar types. I'm sure we'll be able to clean up ok, but I think I'm the only one that has ever played a formal function before and I still have nightmares of my days in G.B.

We need a set of cocktail music and then a couple sets of dance tunes. We have rock and roll aplenty, but cocktail music, not so much.

We have a couple like Brown Eyed Girl,
Spooky, Girl From Ipanema, and I can play pretty much anything instrumentally. Any suggestions for "cocktail tunes" for a guitar-based oldies band?

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Feb 11th, 2016 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pull out some surf songs if you know them. Add "Sleepwalk" to the set list.

CCR will work for this if you turn down a bit.

LHW

Southwest Florida

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Feb 11th, 2016 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oldies like "Runaway" and "Under The Boardwalk" might work well.

super400
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Snohomish WA USA

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Feb 11th, 2016 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They hired you based on what you did the night they heard and saw the band. Why change? Adding new material and changing the vibe may not be what they want. And, if they wanted something else, they would have hired a different band.

Those surf tunes are a great idea and lower energy rockers work well in a first set which will do well until the crowd is a little more "lubricated." Songs like Route 66 can be out and out rockers or can be notched down for a first set. Heck, you could play it twice and nobody would even care when the energy is modulated up or down.

swampyankee
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olde New England

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Feb 12th, 2016 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, not all the members of the Board heard us, but they're going on the recommendation of a couple of them (one of which is my SIL) that did. But you're right, we shouldn't go too far astray from they've already heard. My SIL will probably invite a couple more members to our next gig, which is 2 weeks before the awards banquet.

Our first set is usually pretty mild, mostly to allow our vocalist to warm up a bit. Early Beatles, Pure Prairie League, Mary Lou, Spooky, etc.

MLC
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Feb 12th, 2016 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Our first set is usually pretty mild, mostly to allow our vocalist to warm up a bit. Early Beatles, Pure Prairie League, Mary Lou, Spooky, etc."

I'd say that would be fine to cover your early "cocktail set."

I always figure that you play what you know, you do it well, and people will enjoy it. Push the mellow tunes into the first set then rock it up in sets 2 & 3.

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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Feb 17th, 2016 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Worse case scenario, pull out the old "fake book" and do some standards.


swampyankee
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olde New England

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Mar 25th, 2016 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the corporate gig is behind us. Pretty easy, once you get over the intimidation of playing on the same stage as The Guess Who, Grand Funk, Huey Lewis and other aging stars.
Acoustics were far better in the room than at smaller venues we've played at. We're getting spoiled by some of these places though. Next week we're playing in the corner of a local bar so they'll be some adjustment needed.

But I gotta tell ya, it's tough getting these guys to dress up. The drummer didn't even have a pair of dress pant that fit, and the singer wore his black "Marshall" t-shirt under his white striped button down shirt. I was a little embarrassed for us.

We may get asked back there next year, but I don't think we'll be making a habit of playing formal gigs.

acplayer

MA

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Mar 27th, 2016 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Swampyankee:
"Pretty easy, once you get over the intimidation of playing on the same stage as The Guess Who, Grand Funk, Huey Lewis and other aging stars...."

I played a gig back in the 90's at a local concert hall in Fall River, MA "The Eagle" that had reopened after a number of years being dormant.

About a month after that particular gig I was playing with a local old-time bigband (Glen Miller style music, etc.). During one of the breaks I was talking to the leader of the band (who was in his 70's) and he told me that went with his wife to see The Three Stooges perform live at The Eagle in the 50's.

I actually felt giddy learning that I played on the same stage as Moe......





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