When I hit the clubs in any town, I'm looking for new and different or old and original...but definately not for cover bands that attempt to faithfully reproduce the original. A great example: The Blue Olives play a lot of covers...but rarely the covers you expect and never without an exceptional change-up. Which is why I love 'em.
Except for New Year's Eve, I'm looking to be challenged when I'm getting my live music fix. On New Year's Eve...I just wanna dance.
And, that's the conundrum. Where, oh where, are the smokin' hot, horn-based cover bands that are designed for just one thing...getting the audience sweaty. I mean, I get the business challenge of running a 10 or 13 piece band in a club world that wants to pay bupkus. But, I can't be the only one that would slap down serious dinero for a New Year's Eve to remember.
Maybe it's just where I live. Maybe there's just not a lot of interest in R&B infused Rock with a horn section that is as much fun to watch as groove to here.
I love Madison. But, the two things we struggle with are hubris and New Year's Eve.