We've been asked to set up and play for free on an "off" night.......

2HBStrat

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A guy I know (not well) has bought a local landmark bar for his daughter to run. This place has gone through about 5 or 6 owners in the past few years and nobody can keep it going. Our band played there, 3 or 4 owners back, and did well (the previous several owners set up as more or a restaurant and didn't have bands at all). So I talked to this guy about us playing there and he wants us to come on an off night, "like a Wednesday", and play, maybe not even advertised, or maybe have a jam, and though it was unsaid, obviously as an audition. This p!$$e$ me off. He already has two bands booked that are contemporaries of ours, and who are good, but not any better than us......but whatever. I won't do it, and I'm not even going to mention it to the rest of the band. I don't need any thoughts or suggestions but they are welcome anyway.....I just wanted to vent a little......thanks for listening....
 

ibis

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Turn up as agreed but without any gear and sing one song acapella. Then leave a card and bugger off.
 

Bickford

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Why is it that when you offer a service of the artistic nature, people assume you'll do it for free? I get asked to do weddings and I say $100 if it's just the service, $200 if I need to be at rehearsal the night before, and $350 if I also play at the reception. Playing for other people is a lot of fun, but there are other things I'd rather do for free
 

2HBStrat

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Why is it that when you offer a service of the artistic nature, people assume you'll do it for free? I get asked to do weddings and I say $100 if it's just the service, $200 if I need to be at rehearsal the night before, and $350 if I also play at the reception. Playing for other people is a lot of fun, but there are other things I'd rather do for free
What do you do?
 

guitarjazz

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A guy I know (not well) has bought a local landmark bar for his daughter to run. This place has gone through about 5 or 6 owners in the past few years and nobody can keep it going. Our band played there, 3 or 4 owners back, and did well (the previous several owners set up as more or a restaurant and didn't have bands at all). So I talked to this guy about us playing there and he wants us to come on an off night, "like a Wednesday", and play, maybe not even advertised, or maybe have a jam, and though it was unsaid, obviously as an audition. This p!$$e$ me off. He already has two bands booked that are contemporaries of ours, and who are good, but not any better than us......but whatever. I won't do it, and I'm not even going to mention it to the rest of the band. I don't need any thoughts or suggestions but they are welcome anyway.....I just wanted to vent a little......thanks for listening....
Promo pack?
 

DrumBob

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The last time someone laid this BS on me was in '85 when some new club up here in Sussex County wanted us to audition, despite the fact that I gave the guy a cassette and a videotape of the band. The club was owned by a Sparta cop and partners, and was called, "Jimmy G's...The Happening 'In' Place To Be." Really. They even had disco lighting. Pathetic.

It was the same shtick; come in on an "off" night and play for free. I told him to shove it.

They went out of business in about six months.
 




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