Crowd Pleasers for 40-Somethings? Acoustic gig

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  1. richiek65

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    Stuff like this works for us!
     
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    Neil Young Young (crazy horse era) ,Nirvana and Foo Fighters
     
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    Counting crows tracks would work
     
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    These folks would have been born in the 70s ...so late 80s early 90s should correspond with their adolescent early adult time period ... Of course many grow up with and are fond of their parent's music so you can go backwards also ...
     
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    Kylie, Madonna, Jason... :cry:

    Yes my forty something is a daughter...
     
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    All these songs would make me leave...
     
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    He's also asking for suggestions for a guitar/percussion duo, and "energetic" songs. I think that gives responders more leeway with suggestions.

    Mind you, I've seen no "likes" from the OP yet.
     
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    Yah I’m 42 next month. Since I love almost all music and play guitar I would enjoy almost everything suggested here but a lot of it is off the mark I think.

    I grew up around Boston. Nobody here listened to country then. Tons of people do now, but not then. My experience with big kid music started in 86. A lot of new wave and 80s pop was too early for me.

    Stuff that comes to mind:

    Grunge that is not too crazy. Nirvana and AIC could be too much for women.

    Foo fighters, RHCP, maybe certain GnR.

    Dave Matthews covers would go over well with a lot of people in this age range I think. Never really my thing but he was huge with people my age.

    Lots of people would appreciate Phish or other jamband stuff if it didn’t go too nuts on the 20 minute jam where no one can tell what song they’re playing.

    To be honest a lot of stuff that was huge was the less hardcore hip hop and rap type stuff. If some of that stuff could be arranged for a band it might go over well. Tricky though.
     
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    I think Nirvana could work. Just pick one of the lesser hits and get the attitude right.



    And I like this song...think cowboy chord G and the riff is right there.

     
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    Too old to R'n'R too young to die? :twisted:

    I wouldn't think too much about what was a hit when they were young. Today's wide access to music has made that factor less important (I was a young kid in the 80s but my favourite band was The Beatles, and my favourite song and dance man was Bob Dylan). It's more important IMO that you choose songs you enjoy playing. When you enjoy it, the audience will be more likely to enjoy it too.
     
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    You better OWN that high note.
     
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    Brown Eyed Girl is always appropriate, perhaps Margaritaville or a Pirate Looks at 40?
     
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    You gotta do one number for the guitar nerds. Maybe whip out a harp guitar and do some Michael Hedges.

     
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    Just play Margaritaville on repeat- gets all the dads groovin guaranteed.
     
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    that’s why I don’t play out anymore...tunes that please the crowds definitely don’t please me unless they are a very knowledgeable bunch.

    I do remember doing Last Night by Little Walter one night in a club and anyone familiar with the tune knows it starts out with a bass line. Someone in the crowd shouted out Last Night about 5 notes in. I felt like I had died and gone to real blues heaven


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    Biggest rule: You can't please everybody.

    I don't believe it's the tune, but the performance that grabs them. The Beatle's rocked up "Till There Was You" and made it work. Pick songs that will work with one acoustic, and a drummer. Without a good harmony going, songs like "More Than Words" will sound lifeless and out of place. New bands dredge up old works and make it theirs with a new cover, all the time.
     
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    Im 47, eh....but I'm not sure exactly how you could pull of an acoustic Ministry cover.
    :)

    But yeah....
    Alice in Chains, NiN, and Pink Floyd is always good.
    Don't forget the Ozzy, Dio, Ratt, and Mötley Crüe stuff either!
     
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