Hiring a full band for a party can end up being a pretty pricey budget item, since every member of the band needs to get paid. In addition, a band comes with a lot of equipment, and they take up a lot of space. One solution can be to hire a single musician like an acoustic singer or guitarist. If the musician is talented and can play the right repertoire, he or she can provide all the music a party or event needs. The following are some things to look for in a singer or other type of musician.
The first thing to discuss with an acoustic guitarist or singer is the repertoire, meaning the set of songs he or she can play. It's a good idea to go ahead a draw up a set list to show as an example. Don't expect the musician to know all the songs, but look for someone who can play a reasonable percentage of them and can suggest others that would fit well. A musician may include original songs, but bear in mind that most party-goers (unlike fans) just want to hear music that is familiar.
While acoustic musicians can't be all things to all people, most good ones are able to play a variety of styles, from upbeat songs to slow-dance tunes. A good musician, just like a deejay, is able to judge the crowd's mood and play music to shift the mood in the right direction. A lot of musicians are also versatile in the instruments they play. A piano player who can switch to guitar, for example, can provide a great deal of variety in a single gig.
If possible, watch several acoustic singers play a gig before making a decision about hiring any of them. Look for a musician who is fun to watch on stage and who has a good rapport with the audience. A performer who can engage the audience and make them laugh between songs is a great choice for any party or event. Some musicians also enhance their shows with audio and even visual effects. Watching a person play a live gig is the best way to find out what kind of performance to expect.
The right musician can add a lot of entertainment value to a party. Live performers are more exciting than recorded music, especially when they can play the songs the audience loves. In addition, a live performance is a one-of-a-kind experience that can't be bought or heard on the radio.