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    how much is enough and how much is too much ?

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  • #2
    It depends on the crowd, and how good you are at engaging them between songs.
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    • #3
      You want to see enough. I can't believe there is a Youtbube video of this but this happened downstate NY near Albany. We were playing a ski resort and drunk kids started pitching these glow sticks. I was really mad and almost went after someone that night in March of 2010. I remember it vividly. This happened but then I got hit and the horn players also. Check this out. It was too much and no security did anything about it. I found this video a short time after we did the gig:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXFHOzvi7xs
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      • #4
        I can only reply from an audience perspective since praise bands don't tend to much patter, at least ours doesn't. First, keep it short. You're a musician, not a stand up comic. They're not there to listen to you tell jokes. Second, keep it relevant or at least interesting. If there's a funny, or at least interesting, short story about how you wrote one of your originals or the first time you played a specific cover that's coming up, tell it, not what you had for breakfast. Third, keep it appropriate. A couple of years ago my wife and I went with another couple to hear the Melvin Turnage Band (R&B, Motown) and at one point the gal fronting the band told a long story about getting laid in the car right before a gig. Frankly, I did not need to hear that.
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        • #5
          It depends on the audience.

          In our weekly marina gig, there is a lot of banter with the crowd, same for the monthly gig we play at a RV resort.

          On other gigs, we hardly say a word.

          The object is to figure out what your function is on that particular gig, what today's audience wants, and do your best to deliver.

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