A cover band is a music group that performs songs originally produced by other famous bands. Sometimes, they dress like the original band, take on their persona, and rock out like the classics. Some of them name their group as a spoof to the original and come up with creative names like Odyssey instead of Journey. Cover bands are different than a band covering a song from an original artist. Cover bands strictly perform the band they are trying to emulate. Some bands that are trying to make their way into the music industry will do a cover of a song from a more famous band, but rerecord it to make it sound like their own.
Critical Mass is the only Iowa band of the three tribute bands performing at Wooly’s on Saturday. The Rage Against the Machine tribute band hails from Iowa City.
Whichever way you source them, your next step is to call these bands up and discuss with them what you want in your party. See what they say, their suggestions, and assess what they can actually provide and whether that matches up with your expectations or not and finally zero in on your band of choice. A good idea would be to go for the band which is good in playing audience requests which is a sure way to make a party hit.
Last year I wrote an article called “Ultimate Christmas Playlist for Your Christmas Party.” This article has Christmas songs by various artists such as Bon Jovi, Smashing Pumpkins, Extreme, No doubt and even Alice Cooper. This year 2009 favorite Christmas music play list will include oldies, and newbie’s and in-betweens.
Apart from these, one can also hire genre based bands, decade bands, or 1980’s wedding band where the music belongs to a particular genre, a specific decade or a legendary musician or group respectively.
From the bass playing perspective what is required as a player? A good all round player who is ready for the gig, a good knowledge of the bass guitar and its role. Practice and learn new ideas and techniques, be ready for new songs and material. Play what is required for the song, you may be asked when recording what to play; if you are doing session work you get paid to play what is asked! If you’re doing live work playing covers play what is required for the songs you play! If you get a gig writing, that’s great and you can be creative with your bass playing!
Their performance. Test the goods first, so to speak. Don’t rely totally with comments and recommendations. Watch your prospects’ performances may it be live or on video. You have to see for yourself to find out whether they are really as good as they claim to be. Remember, your live band entertainment can make or break your party. You must therefore ensure that you are getting amazing performance at the price bargained for.