long story short, lost another venue in town and the one i house engineer at is struggling. The house system is a lease agreement with a larger sound co so every time bands play he pay me x$ and owes x$ for the system. needless to say he's getting in deeper and deeper because this is the type of guy that doesn't short the bands. (and the system is falling apart) Its been around since 74 and guys named dio, gramm and sheehan played in local bands here. Without giving all the details he's still thinking cover bands bring in more than originals but this club can not compete with the Miami vice/jearsey shore cover bars in town and I have yet to see the draw exceed the guarantee. rambling aside I'm going to prorpose this to him...... The club is smack dab between the 50 and 400 occupancy rooms that book original bands so fill that niche Pull the big 32ch/ quad, quad dual yorky 40 par64 system and put my smaller system in. Bands get 20 tickets to sell give away what ever. they keep 100% $3 cash under surcharge that the club keeps first 20 paid through the door the club keeps after that the bands split the door. no more free drinks for the bands untill after the show and bands have to stay for all the other bands to get the door split. Obviously it will have to be refined but to my mind this is a way to keep the venue available, let the bands have incentive to promote and quite frankly if the bodies come through the door and the bar does well the owner is one of the few that will give the bands the whole door. so, am I nuts or what?