This weekend I pllayed a gig at a fairly remote whitewater rafting camp. First set went OK, not much dancing but solid applause, people paying attention. Took our first break after 75min or so, came back and started building a nice dance set, people were into it and after another 80 min or so we played "Bang on the Drum All Day" and everybody was totally into it, dancing and singing along. At this point I called a break, wanting to end the set on the highest note possible, knowing I had a ton of funk and dance music left for the final hour and thinking people would stick around and dance. While we are on break the staff lights a huge bonfire in the outdoor area and a vollyball game starts up, gobbling up at least %50 of the crowd. As a result our last set isa flop even though I know if we would have kept going with those same songs the joint would have kept jumping.
I'm wondering how you guys handle breaks in your bands. Do you always take them at a scheduled point in your setlist? If you have the crowd do you ever skip them? For the sidemen out there, would you be upset if your bandleader just decided to plow ahead through a break?