Was at a bar last night. Only maybe 15-20 people in there, but it's a local dive that people go to with friends to talk, not dance. The band started playing at ~9:30 and they were really loud. Anyone wanting to talk, even way in the back, was shouting into their friends ear to be heard. About half the people left after a song or 2. Then more started coming in, but they'd stand around not being able to talk and after the first beer leave again. The band was playing blues, looked like only the vocals were miked, amps were cranked. They were good, but IMO their volume was out-of-whack for the situation. Big empty bar, sound crashing off of the walls giving you a headache...not a packed house with people partying and dancing. Or do the blues just have to be LOUD?