First off, welcome to The Wisenheimers official blog. This is our first post with, hopefully, many more to come about the life & times in a NJ cover band.
So, we played The Famished Frog in Morristown, NJ for the first time this past Saturday (2/26/11). It was definitely an awesome night. The place was packed with everyone from newly turned 21-year-olds to 30 & 40-somethingers. Everyone in the band had people come out. It was just one of those nights where everything came together and a great time was had by all.
Load in for the night was a breeze as there’s an ally around the back which allows you to bypass people sitting at the bar. The band set up along the back wall, directly back from the front door. We had plenty of room to spread out. The set up allowed for a good view of the whole bar. It was great seeing even the people way in the back singing and dancing along. We only had a minor glitch with setup – we initially had no sound coming out of the mains. This ALWAYS makes my heart stop. It turned out to be only a few bad cables *sigh of relief*.
Speaking of which, a few people came up to the front to dance, but not as many as we expected. This was more of a watch-and-enjoy crowd. We’re definitely going to work on this for next time. We want that whole area in front of the band packed with dancing feet. Our new light show, which is in the works, should help with that. Did someone say disco ball?
We managed the time for the night almost perfectly and managed to get in almost 3 full sets. The last one was a bit short, but not too bad. This was definitely a late night crowd as the place had a solid crowd up until last call.
Load out was even easier than load in as we could go straight through the front doors after the crowd had dissipated. The whole staff was very complimentary as we were leaving, which was a great feeling. We’ve already booked more dates there with the first one being in April. We’re really looking forward to it.
Thanks Famished Frog!