I may be Captain Obvious here, but it is extremely hard to find that magic combination of committed individuals, with some talent, to only want to take on music as a part-time endeavor. My cover band of 4+ years is about to go on hiatus to reinvent itself...or maybe fold for good. Who knows. We had our first gig in 3 months with our new singer and not a one of our fans liked him...no smiles, no connection to the crowd, forced crowd interaction, bad mic technique...just didn't come off well. We've got no desire to try and get motivated for 10-1:30a set ups/tear downs for that so we all agreed to let the new guy know we're going on hiatus and he's free to go after other opportunities. After 10 years of doing the live scene as a weekend warrior, my sense is that the following are the key ingredients you must have for ANY band to be successful. 1) A true leader...someone who rules the roost and makes the final say...the band is their baby. I think band democracies work for some period of time but inevitably you need a person to dictate direction, marketing, etc. 2) you need a "show" or an experience that people want to connect with. You can't just be 3 or 4 guys on stage slinging songs unless you're so good and tight that people can't help but be wowed. Even then, the band of average musicians with a highly entertaining show trumps the band with amazingly talented players but boring stage presence...IMHO. My current band does not have 1). It's a democracy of three and we keep bringing in singers that haven't completely meshed. We're tight as musicians as far as timing, feel, and flow. People can feel that and comment on it. Even our most recent singer said he could tell right away that we had a good pocket. Our last singer (prior to the guy we just gigged with) gave us some of 2) and that took us to our greatest heights. He had allergy issues in CO that he couldn't seem to solve and our drummer lost patience and so it kind of became him or the singer. The singer went. I guess the challenge I see with weekend warrior bands is that the most talented people typically are playing music full-time or it's their life in some way. It seems very hard to find a person who's very talented at singing and performing who only wants to do it 2-3 times a month at most. Interested in the experiences of those who have put together successful, long-lived weekend warrior bands...covers or originals. Now that we're taking a hiatus, it would be good to have some thought into how to approach things if we try to create something new. We three (guitar (me), drums, bass) are all tight as musicians and friends. My worry is we've formed this "shield" that is preventing us to really bring in the right person.