Hello Live Performance forum. I haven't played in a band in about 5 years, but looks like I just pulled down a gig in March with some guys I met earlier this winter. We're a 3 piece 'geezer' classic rock group, playing songs from the 60's to the 80's. Each of us has at least 30 years experience on the local bar scene level - nothing special, just guys who miss playing out.
The club we've booked is not huge, maybe 200 capacity in the room we're playing. I used to play this joint using a couple 15" cabs on sticks (EV or PV) 1 or two subs (Yorkville powered), + monitors. Used about 5 mics on the drums, ran bass direct, mic on the guitar amp.
The club owner told me that he's got one of those new Bose PAs. He didn't know the specifics, but I gather it's the L1 or a variant. He just knows that he paid 2 grand for it, and that all I need to bring is a mixer. He said he was tired of bands playing too loud and this is his way of controlling the volume.
He doesn't book entertainment every weekend, and it looks like just acoustic acts will be featured on weekends before we play, so I don't think I'll learn much from watching others use this setup.
So anyone use this kind of PA for a band before? I'm hoping that the way you hook a mixer up would be fairly conventional. Do I need monitors? Would you mic the drums, bass, guitar, or just play a bit louder than usual and rely on the PA for vocals only? I'm out of my comfort zone on this one. Any advice would be appreciated.