Thanks for the confidence Steve.Seriously, you should start a thread giving us your take on what the keys are to your success. I would be interested in other people’s takes in successful bands as well. What you have is incredibly unique and thusly your experience very valuable.
I'm not sure this will help, but here is advice from a Nashville touring guitarist:
"Everyone down here can play, the dudes who get gigs are GOOD HANGS."
I'm afraid my advice may only be pertinent to people wishing to be in "really fun bands that play dock bars!" But here goes...
As far as being "successful" as a long-term band:
#1 - read the book 'How To Win Friends And Influence People'
#2 - be humble
#3 - allow other members to be themselves, musically and personally (in other words, try to improvise as much as possible, and embrace others improvising)
#4 - embrace musical differences
#5 - don't take yourself seriously
#6 - care about the other members
#7 - care about the fans
#8 - define success
#9 - expect nothing
I have found that in my band (and life in general) whenever I have very specific expectations, in circumstances that I can't absolutely control, I tend to be unhappy. The more I simply appreciate what life throws at me, the happier I am. These connections that we make, the events that occur, and adventure we are having, can all be viewed from multiple perspectives. Don't focus on the obstacle, focus on the opportunity to accomplish!!!
If I were starting from scratch, I would seek others who have the same qualities in my list above, and communicate thoroughly with the other members to constantly address what everyone wants to do.