Our set went pretty well. Got to the party around 5 and they had just finished setting up. They fed us some BBQ and fried chicken and I got to meet and talk to a bunch of musicians. The 1st band started around 5:30 and set the bar very high for the evening. Their guitar player was playing a Strat through a Bognar amp and the tone was incredible. They went from old country stuff to Robin Trower and rocked it all. The next band was pretty good too doing mostly classic southern rock stuff. Did I mention that during all this, it was HOT. They did have some tarps up and a bunch of fans going, but it was still hot. We got up around 8:30, so the temp dropped below 100 at least. We were all using the same equipment, so changeover was quick. I was using my 5 string and they had a Hartke amp for me to use. I've never been a fan of Hartke's sound and I didn't bring my pedal board or anything, so I just made do. We started off with The Letter blending it into Breakup Song and it sounded really good. Kicked off The One I Love and I could tell something was off with my tuning. Then I realized that in the dark, I had missed the 7th fret and landed on the 6th and was playing everything a half step down. I fixed that and didn't have any other major screwups the rest of the night.
I had Pretty Woman in the original list, but we did Margaritaville instead. That went over really good. I saw a lot of people dancing to most of our songs and our lead guitarist got a lot of cheers from the musicians for his solos in Mustang Sally, Pride and Joy and Born to be Wild. Our last 3 songs were supposed to be Kryptonite, Born to be Wild and Bad Case of Loving You (we go straight from BTBW in to the 1st verse of Bad Case). Our singer/guitarist looked over at our lead guitarist (who starts Kryptonite) and said "ready?" and lead kicks in to the riff of BTBW (which we normally start w/ him and drums together). Me and singer just looked at each other and shrugged and went with it. So Kryptonite was left unplayed.
We got a lot of compliments after the set. I like our song choices and think they will go over pretty well in the bars. The 2 bands before us played a lot of outlaw country and stuff that musicians dig and our singer said before we got up that our stuff may be a little too sugar coated for the crowd cause we do a lot of 80's pop stuff. But I think it's a good blend and with bar gigs, if you have the ladies dancing, you'll get hired again.
The cops did show up about 3 songs into the last band's set. They just told them to turn it down some. I headed home right after that because some friends of ours had come over thinking I would be done around 8 instead of 10.