Do you take requests?

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 4, 2013


Here's a nickel


• With apologies to those live-music fans who aren't still in diapers, a few manners to make everyone's time more fun:

STAY ON-GENRE Even if you just showed up at the bar to have some drinks with your friends, that doesn't mean the guy in the corner is a jukebox. Request stuff similar to what's already being played.

BE PATIENT Musicians construct set lists and manage the flow of the evening and the feel of the room. Often, they want to wait until the request is a good fit.

OFFER AN INCENTIVE The musicians aren't doing this for charity; show them a little love (in the form of cash) and they'll show you a bit (in the form of their skills).

DON'T BE THAT GUY (OR GIRL) Requesting "Freebird" is best left to actual Skynyrd concerts, or at least Southern rock bands. Come to think of it, you're just being a dick. Stop.

DON'T HIT OTHER PEOPLE In case we seriously have to say this, we're saying it. And if you think the musician sucks, suggest bands you'd rather hear to the bartender.

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