This Friday we played our second gig at a local bar, it's a typical 9:30-1:30 gig. The first time we played there we did a 1.5 hours set followed by a 15 minute break, then we played 45 minutes until midnight. We took a longer break probably of 25-30 minutes and then finished with 45 minutes until 1:30. Before our next gig the venue contacted us and requested we change our set times. They said that a lot of people left when we were on our second break. The times they wanted were 9:30 - 10:30, 10:45 - 11:45 and midnight - 1:30 which we did last night. I think just 30 minutes of breaks on a 4 hour gig is insufficient, I felt beat up on Saturday and I'm sure the rest of the band did too. Just curious what you guys typically play? Couple things to note, my band is all in their fifties, as our most of our followers. This is why we usually play a long first set as we know a lot of our crowd won't make it until the last set. If my wife comes to a gig, I'm honored if she makes it to the second set! This is also why we don't play many bar gigs these days, we get some local festivals, fairs and winery gigs. As we expected the place cleared out some after our second set and we were left with a long set with the place half empty. We did suggest to the venue that we start earlier (say 8:30 - 12:30) but they weren't interested in changing their regular live music hours. Back in my casino playing days we would play 45 mins then take 15 off each hour. Just curious how the rest of you handle this.