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Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by paulears, Feb 12, 2014.


  1. Not sure how long the link will work, but many of my Facebook friends are getting very annoyed by this one - just the way it's worded.
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  2. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Reply:

    I have a counter offer. I'm dropping by your place and will order a meal. I'm not going to pay for it, but if I like the meal, I may come back in the future as a paying customer.

     
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  4. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Connecticut
    He's after "high end customers" but won't pay for entertainment. And wants you to audition for the privilege to play for a beer. Typical clueless bar/restaurant owner.
     
  5. free beer for bongo solo? :D
     
  6. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Translation:

    Our restaurant is empty. We need some way to keep people or get people in. We're bad at our main business of serving food and drinks, so we're desperately trying to figure out a way to improve business without investing anything. We have decided a free musician will save our business, because someone who will play for a free beer must be very business savvy.
     
  7. OP, you don't have a hair on your booty, if you don't make this counter offer. :oops:
     
  8. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Brilliant! I'd love to find out what kind of reaction a reply like that might elicit.

    But chances are, if they're clueless enough to expect something for nothing, then the reply would probably go right over their heads anyway... :rolleyes:

    MM
     
  9. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Connecticut
    Grin! There's a place near here that fits that description exactly. The restaurant reviews are horrible (despite it being a "nice place"). They have live music (mostly unpaid, playing for a tip jar) four nights a week. The caliber of the music is almost as bad as the food and service.
     
  10. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    99% of restaurants that advertise for free entertainment will have at least bad food, bad service, or bad atmosphere, if not all 3. If the place does all 3 well, and has a decent location, they really don't need entertainment because they are doing their core job well. Now if the place is packed and a performer solicits them to perform there for the exposure, that's a different thing. But, if the place is seeking free entertainment, then it's a desperate cry for help and often a last ditch attempt before finally closing doors.

    The funny thing is that these folks will often talk up the free exposure, but you're probably not even getting that if the place is empty. Sadly, these places are desperate for the 2-4 friends you might bring there. Since these places are in desperate straits and financially strapped, playing there makes no sense unless you think that you can singlehandedly save their business to the point they will pay you or you have a soft spot for poorly ran restaurants.
     
  11. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    I will audition for a beer.

    I just played a song.

    Can I have my beer now?
     
  12. glocke1

    glocke1

    Apr 30, 2002
    i just trolled my facebook account with this, with the title "anyone want a gig" ?

    i wonder how many people will inquire...:eyebrow:
     
  13. Yep - jive1 nailed this one.
     
  14. rust_preacher

    rust_preacher

    Dec 17, 2009
    Finland
    Yeah. Besides, he could have started with "Sorry I failed my O-levels in English. Anyway..."
     
  15. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    'Absolutely not'

    'What a cheek'.

    Love it. Really, if I ever get any of these requests I will ask them if I can ask the chef for a specific meal, to my choosing for nothing. The others that have suggested that are bang on.
     
  16. I'd be tempted to show up with a crappy acoustic guitar and "play" some really awful renditions of obscure punk or metal songs.
     
  17. yEAh, aND aLL tHaT HSILIGNE ToO. :p :D
     
  18. I was thinking the same thing - but with a bongo and kazoo. :D
     
  19. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
  20. Space Pickle

    Space Pickle

    Apr 15, 2013
    "what a cheek!"

    i love england

    TO CRAMLINGTON!!!!!!!
     



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