Also, everyone knows doctors do not play drums. They all play guitar (usually PRS's).
I remember the LA clubs in the early 90's being all pay-to-play, meaning you bought tickets to your gig from the club owner and your take was determined by how much of those tickets you were able to resell.
That was only true if you didn't know anyone. Once you became part of the scene or got a recommend with a hot band as their opener - or - once again - had a contact that was somewhat almost famous (or famous) - pay to play magically went away and you got all kinds of perks. I have been on both sides of it throughout the 90's in L.A. Great bands with no juice getting hosed - and mediocre bands that knew a soap opera star who wanted to rock out and got the red carpet treatment. They gouged all of the so called 'touring" bands - who were really just "any town USA dreamers" who had saved up enough dough to road trip to LA and realize their dream of playing the Whiskey or Viper Room. This practice still goes on at both of those clubs BTW.
Bottom line - too many bands. There's just too many bands. Way too many bands in an era where live music is on the decline. Club owners have bands in their back pocket due to this fact alone. Doubt it will change much.
Yep.Too many bands and more forming everyday
Fewer clubs featuring live music on a regular basis
Fewer people going out to drink because of the DUI laws
To the OP: very nice article, but all the club owners have adopted this business plan. It's not going to change. You have to remember that club owners simply don't think long-term. So many clubs go out of business, they are only worried about the current month. They look at costs vs receipts. Paying a good band decent money increases costs. Promoting them increases costs. Booking mediocre bands with decent followings (albeit friends and family) makes them the most money in the short term.