Acoustic acts

Dave Shoop

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Working on putting a duo act with the guitar player in my band. For those of you who do this successfully do you find most of the time you are background fill in venues you play ? Most venues just don't have the money to pay even a four piece band more than one night a week. Looking to play any venue we can book.

Not looking to play to tracks unless we have to to work.

Your experiences ? Do you feel somewhat ignored much of the time doing an acoustic thing ?
 

shredtrash

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Not at all. It all depends on how and what you play. Play with a lot of energy and pop and you'll never be ignored. We've played to some pretty large audiences in clubs, casinos and festivals and we've always gone over really well.
 

Perchman

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Shredtrash nails it. Just saw Shovels and Rope earlier this year and they rocked a nice size club.
 

D4V3?

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As an acoustic act I think it's good to be prepared to rock..... if the situation calls for it.

Many acoustic shows call for a mellow intimate vibe.
 

bob-i

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I find it's about 50/50. Some nights / venues you just can't get things going so you need to adjust and turn into wallpaper. We don't rebook those venues. If you choose material well and keep the energy up an acoustic act can rock.

I do more and more acoustic work these days. I have 2 bass players I work with, one guy sings lead well, the other sings high harmonies great so both can bring it. I also have a drummer I work with who plays a cocktail kit standing up, and sings really well.

We do a wide variety of music dating back to the 50s and up to fairly current.
 






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