What would you plan at a small town spa ribbon cutting?

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  1. southdtele

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    Hi all:
    Intermediate player here. A friend of mine is having a ribbon cutting for her spa business in a small town and asked me to play some background music. I usually play with a band, but have wanted to up my playing solo game. So this is an opportunity to spread my wings so to speak. Wondering what kind of music you would play and if you have any videos/lessons to recommend.
    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
     
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    Considering the typical spa clientele, I would guess that Bon Jovi would go over well. Rush, not so much.
     
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    Some 70's funk with lots of wah.


     
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    A guy I know does a lot of these kind of solo gigs in restaurants, corporate parties and such. He mostly does classic pop (Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis etc) mixed with modern adult contemporary (Micheal Bolton, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé). He has the vocal chops to pull this off well enough. He uses backing tracks for about 2/3s of the songs and plays guitar along with the others.
     
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    Are you able to have some backing tracks running?
    If so... find some smooth R&B / Jazz tracks that you can play over.
    Use whatever media your comfortable with. Laptop thru a small PA works for me. Small Amp...Delay Reverb Pedal...
    I use a basic guitar, a single neck PUP Jazz guitar.
    Something that makes me stay in my lane.

    The goal is a fast simple set up. A decent low volume PA that people can talk over, and a basic guitar amp set up. Remember that your there to provide atmosphere, not to showcase. If you do this right, you'll know right away. People will smile and go about their business, You'll get the occasional lurker. Basically your in Ninja mode.


    I don't put out a tip bucket. It seems contradictory to me if I'm already being paid, or if I'm doing something for free.
    Again, I don't want attention being focused on me.
     
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    Appropriate for any occasion!
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    How old is this businesswoman and how old are her typical clients?

    Maybe you could build a playlist around John "Cougar" Mellencamp, and Bruce. Or maybe Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks. Depends where in the Midwest and how far from the Big City you are.
     
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    You in the Midwest? Well I'd play Country AND Western. :rolleyes:
     
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    Some 60's surf, or Handel's Water Music, depends on whether the jets are turned on.

    But seriously, ask the owner what she would like and/or what the demographic of her clientele is.
     
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    Electric Wizard, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Church of Misery, maybe a little Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin...

    Just kidding. Spa? Lady friend? Spa clientele?

    You might want to go toward the acoustic end of the scale. Know any Gordon Lightfoot? Jim Croce? I’d err on the lighter side.
     
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    Folks aren't there to hear music it's just background wallpaper unfortunately.

    I've been to art openings with a solo guitarist doing instrumental versions of known "hits" that was successful in that the music served as both background and if you were interested enough to listen it was well done. Pretty cool when done well actually.

    Gary
     
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