Had a great show last night at Mr J's Bar and Grill in Murray, KY last night. Great crowd, great food, lot's of fun! I even did something I've NEVER done before. I played the entire 3 hour plus show without taking a break. Whew. I don't know how Springsteen does it...
I don't play as many bars as I used to. I don't think anyone does! Part of the reason behind that is there just aren't as many bars anymore, and even less that feature live music, but thank goodness some still do!
A few things I've noticed about the patrons in bars these days, as it relates to live bands.
1. If the crowd hanging out there is older than 35, they tip better. Much better. They tips the bands, they tip the waitresses and bartenders. Maybe that's because young folks haven't picked up on the habit of tipping. Maybe that's because younger people just don't have as much money. I even had a 20-something guy tell me once while heading out the door, "Sorry, but I spent all my money on booze!" The older crowd also tends to do less binge drinking but then again there are always exceptions.
2. Older patrons tend to be quieter and pay more attention to the bands than younger ones. With the younger crowd, many times, it's more about socializing and less about being entertained. A fellow musician friend of mine who frequently tours Europe says the bar scene there is totally different. The crowd, both young and old, are usually really into the music and listen intently.
3. Alcohol seems to amplify who people really are. Sweet people tend to get sweeter. Mean people tend to get meaner. As for me? I don't drink at all while I'm playing. I want to make sure I give the folks the best show I can, and I can't do that unless I'm sober. I'm STILL having fun though! Rest assured!