Here's one for you. I'm interested on your take. We had a gig last Friday that was stated to be "8pm to midnight". It was at a bar that does a bunch of music, but also acts as a sport's bar. It became obvious that with the NCAA tournament happening and our local team (Syracuse) slated for a 7:10 start time, the schedule was going to be disrupted. We contacted the club morning of the show to find out what the story was, and asked if they indeed wanted us to load in for the usual start time and they said yes, but you won't play until after the game ends. Upon showing up at 7pm, (as normally scheduled and planned) I was greeted at the door by the owner who not only said 'you're going to wait until after the game' (duh), but also could we minimize our load in/setupto not be a distraction. All of which we did. Once the game ended at 9.15, we were ready and 'on stage' to go. We waited until 9.30 for them to turn off the game sound and give us the OK. We played from 9:30-12:15, with a 15 minute set break in the middle. Upon finishing and being half packed up, the 'bar manager' (owner long since gone), came up and complained to us that we were supposed to play until 1:30 since we got a late start. I said that we didn't know that, and that no one had mentioned playing late due to the game and that we were loaded in on time and had been in house since 7. As 'contracted' (verbally) we were there and ready to provide music during the allotted time period. She ended up calling the owner and we 'settled' on a compromise that hit us for 50$ of our night's take. By the time they even said a word to us, I had the backline half broken down anyway. I was a mix of angry and also trying not to burn a bridge for a place that wants us to book every other week for the summer. How would you have handled this, and are we being unreasonable, given we played with THEIR delay...and it seems ridiculous to me to make us stay an hour an a half later because they couldn't plan appropriately.