First time playing this venue. Really nicely set out, There is something about playing marquees that dampens the sound so threfore its important to add a little top end to the vocals to make them brighter, however the flooring in this venue was hard wood which proved me wrong about the possible acoustic imbalance with the vocals. The night was great as the hotel takes the guest out after the dinner and allows the band to set up and sound check, sometimes it isnt possible to get a sound check due to time contrats, however a good events co ordinator always makes sure this is the case for the band.
First dance went really well, A thosand years by Christina Peri, some really nice low 3rd harmonies in this song. Normaly we only play the first set for around 1hr 10 however the event manager handed a little note to me while playing saying, "buffet will not be ready till 9.45 SORRRIEEE!" this meant we would have to extend the first set. The good thing is I have the band fully prepared for these situations. I decided to orchastrate a 20 mins soft music section before the buffet which seemed to go down a storm. It gave the older guests a chance to have a waltz or a slower dances with their friends and parteners. It seemed pretty fitting and let us save a lot of the more up beat numbers till the second half.
In other bands ive played with you allways find that the first set people are a little more reserved to get up and dance however I have noticed in The Karma Rockets this isnt the case. The tried and tested set list we have been working from is a winning formula and with encouragment and myself calling the songs out if i feel the genre needs to change is proving to be successful. This is work because of the preparation and the support the guys in the band are giving.
The second set saw us introduce some more up to date tunes. One that will definetly be staying is Bruno Mars, locked out of heaven... This got a big reaction.....
The guests at this gig were fantastic, a great bunch of people who were right up for a party.