Funk / R&B / Soul Cover bands: Post your setlists

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by guy n. cognito, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    For years, I have wanted to put together a dance-oriented funk / R&B / soul cover band. These genres are largely underserved in this market, but they do well every time I've tried them before in other bands. I've finally found a guitarist interested in the genre, and we've decided to give it a go. Before we put a band together, we've decided to put all of the conceptual parts of the band together, including setlists. So, for any of you playing in these types of cover bands please post your setlists. Even if you only play a few funk / r&b songs, I'd love to know what works and what doesn't.

    Let me have em!!!
  2. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Older than dirt ;)
    I am really interested to see what is posted for this. I play in a classic rock cover band, we only do 2 R&B songs and they go over very well:
    Vehicle - Ides of March
    Get Ready - Rare Earth version
    would like to do more classic R&B
  3. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Set 1
    Root Down - Jimmy Smith
    Extra Jimmies - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's
    Cissy Strut - The Meters
    Voices Inside - Donny Hathaway
    Bunks Blues - Fred Kaplan
    Why Am I Treated So Bad - Cannonball Adderley
    Ease Back - The Meters

    Set 2

    Nobody But You - Little Walter
    I’m A King Bee - Slim Harpo
    Te-ni-nee - Slim Harpo
    Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed
    Rockinitis/Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold
    Too Late – Little Walter
    Snatch It Back & Hold It - Junior Wells
    Bad Boy - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    Key To The Highway - Little Walter
    Don’t Boss Me - Little Charlie (Rick Estrin) & The Nightcats
    Who’s Been Talkin - Howlin Wolf
    Baby What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed
    Dump That Chump - Little Charlie (Rick Estrin) & The Nightcats

    Set 3
    Chitlins Con Carne - Kenny Burrell
    Okie Dokie Stomp - Hollywood Fats
    Same Old Blues - Freddie King
    Blues Stay Away From Me - Doc Watson?
    Moanin’ For Molasses - Jody Williams
    Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton
    Messin’ With The Kid - Junior Wells
    Oopin Doopin - George 'Harmonica' Smith
  4. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012
    Why don't you put a few of your ideas in here, a bit of give and take, you know!
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  6. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    You first, champ...... ;)
  7. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    Male singers or female singers? Having a female singer opens the door for a lot more Motown stuff.
  8. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    If all goes well, I'll have both. I've got a female lined up and trying to talk the male into it......
  9. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012
    You came here wanting something for nothing, I didn't, you go first, champ :)
  10. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    If you've got to talk someone into singing, they're not a singer. But if you can find a male and female who can really sing... Here's a few:

    Tell Mama
    You Keep me Hanging On
    Shaky Ground
    Givin it up for your love
    Son of a Preacher Man
    Soul Man
    Signed Sealed Delivered
    Rescue Me
    Rock Steady
    Any popular Janis Joplin songs
    Just a Little Bit
    Get Ready
    Domino/Brown Eyed Girl
    Knock on Wood
    Crazy Love
  11. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    No no, the guy can sing, I just have to convince him that R&B is marketable in Nashville. Thanks.
  12. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    My opinion

    True 70s R & B resonates with an older way plus 40 crowd in Milwaukee I can’t speak for Nashville. If that’s your target market and venues that will support it, great.

    My song suggestion, this is way before your time “Try” Janis Joplin