A while back the band was discussing the possibility of playing a full 3-set gig in November. It was decided that this would be done on the 16th, but we realized everyone was available today
as well, so the band leader contacted a befriended pub owner and asked if we could play a try-out gig there. 2 sets, no pay but free booze and some food thrown in for good measure.
Set-up took forever, mainly because there's seven of us and we had a very, very limited stage to play on. I literally had room for my two feet and nothing else! Had to play sideways for the entirety of the concert, except for "I Will Survive", because one of the guitarists does not play on that track smile
Anyway, there was a good attendance, somewhere between 20 and 30 people I think. A lot of them did not come to see us, but rather just always come to this pub
We got a lot of cheers, rounds of applause and people were dancing and shaking along to our music, so that was a big plus!
As stated, we played 2 sets of roughly 14 songs each. The first set was mainly "acoustic" which really only implied that one of the guitarists played his acoustic guitar smile It was the more mellow of the two sets, but I was discussing with one of the singers afterwards that we need more up-tempo songs - she rightfully commented that we have more than a set's worth of ballads and slow songs. There were some clams all around, but not a single train wreck! I managed to screw up a few intros - forgot how to play one and forgot that I was supposed to play the intro to another tune along with the guitar and keyboards
I wasn't alone to make mistakes, mind you; we all had our little hiccups. I think it's mostly due to nerves and this being our first time playing together in front of a live audience. All in all, I think we made a strong impression. When we announced our last song, people already started shouting "encore" (
) and when we'd played that one, a really tough-looking guy came and requested we play "Jolene" again grin The ladies told him we would, if he came and danced in front of us - which he did for about a verse!
All in all, good times! I need a bit more practice to get fully acquainted with the repertoire: I played everything from memory except two songs (hence some clams here and there). Some of the other members had their sheet music / lyrics in front of them for most of the tunes. With any other band, I would simply not accept it. With this band, it seems strangely fitting
On to the next gig, which is next week already