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Audience Age and Music Preference

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Mr.Phil, May 6, 2005.

  1. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Hi there... A band I'm in is going to play a show for an audience that consists of ages 13-50 with the majority of the audience between 13 and 19. Anyway, I was wondering what songs would work well in this situation. I dont want to over do modern stuff or older stuff, but I want to find a happy medium... I was thinking about doing some older songs that everyone likes... but I'm not too sure what the younger kids like in this genre. Could any of the younger bass players tell me if something like "Statesboro Blues" by the Allman Brothers would go over well. I see lots of kids wearing Greatful Dead and Allman Brothers Tshirts, but I dont know if thats what they listen to. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. well i am 13 and learning bass, but i dont find that song good...
    Well thats wat i hav to say
  3. nataku


    Jun 21, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    im interested in responses as well, my bands playing at a carnival (1st gig w00t), with people there ranging from like kindergarden to 60+. we have no idea what to play so were just gonna wing it and see how it goes over.
  4. .........are Beatles songs from their earlier days, in a similar situation we've had good responses with "Can't Buy Me Love", "Blackbird" and "Here Comes the Sun". Anything Motown seems to work well also, the best bets are Stevie Wonder or Smokey Robinson.Throw in a sparse sampling of Modern contry a la Garth Brooks, or Brooks and Dunn too. :cool:

    that's my $.02

  5. Corbis

    Corbis Guest

    Feb 19, 2003
    Wamego KS
    I agree with everything except the country :D Try and find some songs that have were popular and were later covered and also became popular.......I can't think any off the top of my head.

    Oh and on the Greatful Dead and Allman Brothers T-shirts. I know a lot of people my age that have "vintage" band t-shirts and couldn't name a song that band plays.

  6. yea ........... me too! :D

  7. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Alright, thanks for the suggestions!


    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    One really important question...what's the occassion???

    Allman Brothers wouldn't be good at a "Motown Recognition" gig, nor would Smokey Robinson go over well at a bar mitvah (most times anyway). Try to tailor your set list to the occassion and you've got a lot of the battle won already!
  9. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Any old song which was popular a long time ago and still is today.
  10. Since your majority of fan is going to based my 13-19, so I guess that consider as teenager.....play something kids would like, maybe some pop-punk, or emo stuff..
  11. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Kids only like punk and emo? I think I'm screwed...
  12. Find some classic alternative. Dookie era Green Day? Red Hot Chili Pepper's older stuff (after/during Blood Sugar Sex Magick)? Beatles goes well for most everyone. Simon and Garfunkel?

    Your choice.
  13. Well, not all kids. But from my understanding, most of my friends are into to emo kinda of thing, I dunno maybe its one of those retarted "trend" thing. But yeah, if you dont know any of those tunes, just play something you would hear on the radio. I don't know maybe some green day, blink 182, chilli pepper, billy talent, Maroon 5, actually it all depend what your singer can pull off...
    Whatever you do, good luck..
  14. Oh yeah, forgot to mention the beatles, some kids love them......
  15. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    +1 to the Beatles for all-ages appeal(thats the reason we play three of their tunes)

    Stevie Wonder - Superstition
    Some Steve Miller
  16. I am one of the younger bass players yall are speakin of...but I have an interesting taste. I listen to mostly classic rock stuff, Zeppelin is the ****, the who rules, beatles will do fine, I think your safe with Steve Miller too. I think you might have to throw some punk in there just to keep the audience that likes punk there, or at least thats what my band does. Everyone lieks blues. You defenitly need to play a blues song, be it Zeppelinish or somthing that B.B. King might play. But keep in mind, thats a major age gap. Some of the kids wouldnt no who Jimmy Page is, while thre Older guys were 30 when Stairway to Heaven was a hit. And the main thing that is going through my mind when I am deciding a set is that I play what I want to promote, if the audience doesn liek that then do i really want them to be there? MOst of this new rock stuff I wouldnt call music, andI wouldnt play it if my life depended on it. Even if it was the only way to make a living. Hope I am of sum help.

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