I'm starting an acoustic duo (guitar/bass) in my town looking to do pub shows. We have a set list but we want to cater to as many people as we can. So, if you were going to have a few brew, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR A BAND PLAY?

We have a list but we want opinions as well so we have an idea of what you people out there find interesting.

We're buying.
Ya I'd love to hear that.
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Personally I would love to hear "Please, please, please, let me get what I want" by The smiths.
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well if ur an acoustic duo, nutshell. alice in chains motha****a. good bass and guitar harmonies
Play orignal arrangements of traditional songs like I know you rider and cold rain and snow. Using of course the grateful dead as a jumping off point. And if you guys could play the music never stopped by the grateful dead that would be tight
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play some train! old and/or new. probably by the way or under the bridge by rhcp.
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Dirty Magic by the offspring
under the bridge by the red hot chili peppers
any accoustic Alice in chains and (if you dare) Nirvana songs
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Incubus - "Southern Girl"
Rolling Stones - "Angie"
Blind Pilot - "3 Rounds and a Sound"
GG Allin and the Criminal Quartet - "Carmelita" (Warren Zevon Cover)
Jeff Buckley - "Lover, You Should Have Come Over"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Hey"
Elliot Smith - "Between the Bars"

But srsly, some Velvet Underground stuff. "Heroin" or "I'm Waiting for the Man" or "Pale Blue Eyes" etc. etc.
Acoustic shoegaze.

Hey, it could be done if you had an electric-acoustic and a massive pedalboard, and I've noticed most people with acoustics do, although I don't.

EDIT: Have an electric-acoustic, that is, not a massive pedalboard.
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This, but tell the the audience that they have to woah along beforehand.

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People in pubs like classics. Typically bluesy/folky/country/roots rock kind of stuff goes great. If not than 80's pop songs and one-hit wonders.

The Band.
Tom Waits.
Willie Nelson.
Ryan Adams.
Rory Gallagher.

Don't do "overly sad" songs. Sometimes it feels as though groups like Nirvana and Alice In Chians are trying to be sad. And personally, I hate it when im at a party or something and the band/singer/whatever is playing a bunch of slow sappy songs. Im trying to have a good time and so is everyone else there.

You can do "sad" and "slower" songs, just don't do "whiny" (for lack of better word) I guess.

For example:

Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" = Awesome.
Oasis "Wonderwall" = Not awesome.
it really depends on the bar too. you should scope the place to come up with a set list. get the gist of the demographic you're dealing with if you want to maximize profit.