My band, Laden Swallow, is one of eight bands that will be playing at a Battle of the Bands. The winners (one picked by audience, the other by judges) get paid to play at the big "Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival". I've never actually been to this thing, but apparently it's a pretty big deal and they usually get a couple thousand people. That would be BY FAR the biggest show I've ever played. Even though the usually crowd it attracts (the hippy-ish sort) isn't anywhere close to our "demographic". Either way, we could use the money to help pay for CD duplication. For the battle, we're either going to have a 15 or 20 minute set, the organizers are still deciding. This gives us enough time to play our "single" and a couple of our other stronger songs. The thing I'm a little worried about is whether or not all the songs sound a little too much alike. I wonder if I should bring it up with the band to throw our "power ballad" into the set in a shortened form to help diversify our sound. Any advice from people more experienced in setting up short sets would be MUCH appreciated. I'm REALLY excited and nervous about this gig. Our last three shows have all been great and I'm hoping that we impress the hell out of some people there. You can hear the songs we KNOW we're gonna play at our myspace: http://myspace.com/ladenswallow The ballad, Suburban Nights, can be heard in the demo form I made when I wrote it here. Thanks.