I am currently building a 7-piece funk cover band from the ground up. My tastes in funk are very broad and I've been into the music for a really long time. As a result, I shudder at the thought of creating set lists that reek of cheese. I speak of the usual suspects trotted out by every wedding band or awful bar band. Lots of you have surely seen a band slammed from top to bottom with such tripe. A couple of these songs might work if done skillfully, but not if a whole set sounds like a "SUPER SOUL FUNK ALL-STAR OLDIES" CD. Now here's my issue. I want my set lists to have tunes that I love to play, and that the crowd will love to dance to. This band is shaping up to have smoking players across the board, so we will certainly be able to bring it. But what percentage of our tunes should be familiar to a general audience? How acceptable is it to include a bunch of kicking tunes that aren't very well-known? If we perform them as well as I think we will, will the crowd meet us half way with tunes they aren't familiar with? Anyway, just looking for some experiences folks have had. Thanks!