Re: Working a DISINTERESTED crowd ----WAS Working a thin crowd
- Subject: Re: Working a DISINTERESTED crowd ----WAS Working a thin crowd
- From: eben ross <ebenross@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 13:48:31 -0700 (PDT)
R your enthusmism is laudable the TV and the pool table truly blow my mind
the days of playing friday and making an audence intrested and a packed house on saturday are long gone. i don't get to play requestes it's like pulling teeth
to get the guys to learn new tunes let alone the wolk-muddy-sonnyboies song list
do you sing any of the whispering smith stuff how about ola dara
i love you commitment - Ben in new haven
randysinger <randy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
GOOD STUFF has been written about the techniques of jason ricci and
However, keep in mind that the audience, though small, has come
specifically to hear him/her.
HOWEVER- Many of us perform in bars where the audience has come to eat
or drink and did not expect free entertainment provided by the
In these cases, it is much harder to attract and keep the attention of
the patrons. In fact, some of them would be bothered by the music, or
have a their attention on their partner and one has to be really
ingenious to entertain them.
I am curious to know your ideas how to do this.
Ideas I use ----
SONGLISTS- I have a printed, laminated songlist of every song I
perform. I pass them out and let them make their requests. You would be
amazed how people love this, they "fight" for the lists. Good for tips
too. Plus opens the door to do dedications.
WIRELESS- I am without cords, walking in the audience
BREAK INTERACTION- during the breaks I go into the audience and thank
at least four people for coming, I get names, song requests, etc and
when I play, I use the information to break the wall down between
myself and the audience.
what are your ideas?
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