Hey, my best friend (guitarist) and I (bass) are sophmores who have found a senior drummer and keyboardist to play with us as well as a junior black tenor to sing for us. We've jammed once (sans singer, who I personally know is awesome at singing), but we're determined to do the BotB and hopefully some gigs later. Here's our dilemma, what do we play? Our #1 competition (I'm calling it our only competition) is a 4 piece band of popular senior guys. They play originals, have played the talent show two years in a row, have a cd floating around campus, and play music similiar to the Strokes and Maroon 5. Considering that last year the band that was the most original won and the runner up played only covers (they had a ****ty singer though), I think that straight up covers might not get us the W. So here's our options, go covers only or do covers with one or two original songs. The set is going to be about 20 minutes. If we do covers only, we're thinking about doing Jimi Hendrix Experience tunes only. Considering that my friend and I have connections with the stoner/band geek crowd and the seniors have connections with the popular senior drinkers, I think they'll go nuts for a JHE tribute. But will that put us ahead in the mind of the judges, above the popular band who will play originals and then atleast 1 or 2 covers with a heavy makeover? Sorry about the long post, but what do you think would be better for BotB at a rich, white high school in middle America with tons of stoners? Some trippy originals or straight up Jimi Hendrix Experience tribute? P.S. with the JHE, I think we'd open with All Along the Watchtower, then go to May This Be Love, then Third Stone from the Sun, then finish with Hey Joe.