In Louisiana we are expected to do "Swamp Pop" or covers. Anything else is looked at as well as herpes. We will do 2 or 3 covers per show but they are almost unrecognizable after they have been tweaked to "our liking". We have about 30 original songs so we can play for a while. I'm stuck between pushing for what the audience actually wants and what gets them dancing and the creative awesomeness of the band. I'm truly in a tough spot. These are a group of really talented musicians but they don't necessarily have a fundamental understanding of entertainment. We get friends and relatives coming to shows but nobody knows these original songs. I've been trying to get them to go 50/50 as a concession but so far it's been 90/10. I don't think we will ever progress unless we give the audience at least something to get excited about. Thoughts?