I left my classic rock cover band and joined a new alternative pop/punk original group. while I've been in original bands before, they never got anywhere because we didn't know how to get off the ground. We just started playing together about 2 months ago, we have zero following and need to build one. What we do have: 1: We practice in a semi-studio, giving us access to decent recording at no cost. 2: catchy songs (6-8 written) 3: younger female singer with good voice 4: drummer/guitar/me (bass) all decent players. other info: aged 27-34 not in a major city, but within 1 hr of downtown major city We were invited to open for a 90's cover band at a local dive but I turned it down. Ave age of the crowd > 45, and there would only be a handful of people there when we played buzzing around the bar. I didn't see any potential for building a following at this place. Was thinking maybe open mics or small college venues (no pay stuff) to get us started. I looked into the larger venues and they want to see drawing power (or have us sell x tickets). So until I can honestly say 100 people will come to a show, the larger venues (with good pay) are not interested. We want what all original bands want: to build a following and play shows. Start shooting thoughts at me, would love to hear em.