We're a local, 90% original band, mostly guys in our 40's, playing stuff that we write and which makes us happy. For the last several years, we played a bunch of bad gigs. Thursday nights, starting at 10pm, three bands on the bill...just bad gigs. But it was like an old shoe. Comfortable. Riskless. It made us feel like we were doing something, but really we were just doing the same thing over and over again. We had one nice "event style" gig last year, and it made us realize how nice those can be. The event raises the crowd. The event provides the PA. The event pays the band. And the people who support the event are much closer to our age, and seem to dig us. We didn't know exactly how to get more of these, but we decided as a band to start by turning down the bar gigs we had done in the past. I think not having any of those on our calendar was a wake up call to all of us. If we didn't hustle up some gigs, we wouldn't have anywhere to play. Through working personal and business contacts, we've been able to get on more good stages this year than the last five years combined. We'll have 8 events in the first six months. All paying, all pro sound, all of them getting us home at a reasonable hour, none of them is smoky clubs where our friends don't really want to be. Not sure why I'm posting. I just realized the truth in the old saw "If you always do what you've always done, you're gonna get what you've always gotten." I think that shutting off our old, comfortable pipeline of gigs created a sense of urgency for us to work our connections and get on better stages. So...what's working lately for your band?