It was interesting last night going to one of the local clubs and seeing a young band doing a very credible 1970's impression/covers. Their own tunes were certainly good and they were really tight, very talented. After the first few songs, I turned to my friend and say "Allman Brothers without the southern twang." And the band went into some Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes, we laughed. They did lots of 70's rock/blues rock tunes, and quite well at that. I really enjoyed many of the tunes they pulled up, they ended the second set with Edgar Winter's Frankenstein. But I was quickly bored. Maybe I'm jaded, or maybe I'm a grumpy old guy. Maybe I'm the one that guitarist joke is about (how many guitarists does it take to change a light bulb? Two; one to do it, and one to talk about how he'd have done it.) They had a good crowd and the crowd was enjoying the tunes - although I noticed no one danced at all. Except for Frankenstein - and the band blew that moment, more in a second. My girlfriend and her sister and I go to see quite a bit of live music, mostly to see people doing their own music and rarely to see cover bands - unless its a really fun tribute band or doing something special. Obviously blues, jazz and rockabilly are mostly covers - but they almost always change the songs enough to make them their own, which is cool. The band made almost no attempt at interacting with the audience - although the lead singer/guitarist/bandleader did occasionally step forward and make some guitar faces and show off a bit - not a lot though. The rest of the band spent the whole night looking at each other obviously concentrating on 'not screwing up' - and not having any fun by the looks of it. Oh, and dancers finally got up to Frankenstein - but of course, the band 'had' to put in the drum solo in that song rather than keep the few dancers on the floor. The dancers didn't get back up. But the audience enjoyed it - most of them reliving the joy of the original music. My thought was - I've heard bands doing these songs just as well and I didn't have to pay a cover charge to get in. It'll be interesting see how far they go if they don't improve their stage presence. As I've said, seen lots of original acts and the ones who sell a ton of merch (the real way of making money on the road) had great interaction with the audience and looked like they were having a blast. Which is something I know I need to work on myself - but I'm trying. Then I watched this - the CD Baby DIY Podcast mentioned how good a show Hillbilly Casino puts on. Wow, I'd go see this anytime and happily pay a cover for it.