Originally Posted by walterw
(oh, and "get to the gig early enough to do a proper soundcheck" is not only "negotiable", it's a rare luxury for lots of working bands. being able to dial it in well on the first song or two is part of the gig for many of us.)
I suppose in the OPs situation you are absolutely correct. If the band is providing the sound and the sound guy though I can't imagine not being able to get to the gig a half hour earlier so you can ring out monitors, set volume levels and at least get one song or even just a half a song for a sound check. Of course my situations and experience are the only thing I have to go by so I totally believe you Walter.
As an example, my gig tonight starts at 9PM. We will be there at 6PM. We will load in and have everything hooked up around 7. We will have relative FOH levels set and monitors rung out by 7:30. Have a quick go at one song to check the mix and be running dance music through the system by 8. Then when we start at 9 there will be no doubt we have at least a decent mix to start with.
I guess I could see where some establishments may not want the band mucking around that early, but it hasn't happened to us yet. I reckon if it is a multi-band bill it could be an issue. And you have to remember Walter that not every band has the luxury of having a guy like you who is fully capable of getting this stuff done quickly. I would imagine you can be set up and running pretty good a hell of a lot faster than I can.