As a solo act, I have chosen Happy Hours, Private Parties, and Special Events as my target venues because they usually open their doors in either the late afternoon or early evening, when "Live" background music provides customers and guests the ability to talk, mingle, and do business.
The music during this important time is quiet and the amplification is kept low, the tempo (beats per minute) is 5 - 10 beats slower than music preferred in bars later in the evening. And the amplification is kept lower.
This format is shared by most Private Parties, Special Events, and Happy Hours.
You'll see what I mean by viewing the video covers below, which were recorded during a wine tasting and food sampling at a restaurant / catering business in Carmel, California, which allowed the caterer to do business with its clientele and still have live entertainment playing innocuously in the background.
However, by adding a kick drum, harmonica around my neck, increasing the rthym 5 -10 beats per minute, and turning up the amplifier one or two clicks, in the blink of an eye, a venue will have a one man band that can keep audiences amused and drinking for the next segment of the day, Party Time.