I woke up Monday morning and checked my Facebook notifications; a few friend requests, some photo likes, and then something that made me grin from ear to ear. The venue we played at Saturday night, Marty B's, had posted a picture of our show while expressing their gratitude for a great weekend. Thank you to everyone at Marty B's!
Let me tell you a bit about Marty's. It is a huge restaurant and bar with and enormous patio, upstairs rooftop seating, private cabanas, yard games, amazing food, and a welcoming staff that is always friendly. Most importantly, there is a stage, and a continuing effort to promote live music. I have performed there with several bands, and even as our CRUSH duo - but this was the first time taking our full band in and we spent a lot of time promoting our show and tailoring our setlist to the crowd we knew would be there.
The night was a huge success! There wasn't an empty seat anywhere on the patio, the dance floor stayed packed from the first song to the last, and we made lots of new friends as well as having time to reconnect with old ones. Marty's is family friendly and there were lots of kids dancing too, so it was important our setlist would appeal to them as well as kids are always the driving the force when they are in the building. We have been undergoing a shift in what our formula is for music, and our setlist consists of 90% upbeat dance songs, most of which are 2000 and newer. In fact we only played four songs released before 1990 - with ten of our songs currently in today's top 40.
The formula was a success! Kids, parents, singles, men, women all packed the dance floor all night dancing, laughing, taking pictures, and having fun! We even packed the stage with kids at one point and had them all sing some Lizzo with us - the family friendly version of course! Several large parties were celebrating birthdays, and we enjoyed engaging and celebrating with them too! Overall, what a fabulous weekend! Thank you Marty, and thanks to everyone who came out!