There was a place locally that had a reputation for treating bands bad, and the owner had a reputation for being a cocaine dealer/addict along with other nasty rumors about the place. It got shut down, to nobody's surprise, because of some building and health violations. The owner was working out of several skeevy areas for a while and then, out of nowhere, seemingly got a huge sum of money and bought up an entire complex where he now hosts 3 "separate" venues (2 of them are in the same building, but separated) and also seems to have hired a marketing guy (that's just my gut talking). His practices have always been unsavory, but lately things have been sticking out to me. There's a showing coming with Asking Alexandria, Suicide Silence (before they canceled due to their lead singer's death) and several other very large metalcore and similar acts. Tickets are something like $25. Obviously, lots of local acts want to be on that bill. So what happened? Bands are given 15 (or maybe it was 25) tickets at a time and told to sell them. If they get the money, they turn it in and receive their next interval of tickets. The first band to sell all 75 gets to play the spot. The other bands, from what I've heard, are out of luck, though I've heard conflicting stories that they do get paid a little bit for their efforts. Now I see on my Facebook news feed from 3 local bands that they're part of a show at this venue booked by some local "agency". The number of acts looked a little high, so I counted. There are 19 acts on this one bill. The doors open at 3 and the show starts at 4 where I can only imagine the headliner goes on around 10. This math leaves us with 18 bands in 6 hours, which means 20 minutes a band including change over times. Obviously nobody's going to stay for a 7 hour metal show to see a local band and the headliner. Tickets to the event are $12 advance and $15 at the door, and if I know anything about the venue, bands are getting only $2 to $3 of that. Do these practices seem unethical to anybody else?