I REALLY like choosing set lists - I mean REALLY like it. I try to envision the overall night, how each song starts and ends, and the sculpting of the energy, especially in a set list as diverse as my new funk/ soul/ pop cover band. The night definitely starts off a little chiller and works its way up in energy to get more and more dancier as the booze kicks in and people start wanting to move and have some fun.
However, I'm a rookie in this style of music - my last cover bands have all catered to hard rock crowds, and this is decidedly different for a vibe. We've got good venues lined up and are realistic about expectations, but I found myself wanting some insight from you cats who are used to playing mid-volume gigs.
We're hitting the standard Massachusetts bars, not quite clubs, and looking to grow the night from that first drink where people are hanging out and talking up to the "dance until close" time.
So... thrash away, folks! I welcome your wise insight!