Like most bands in this area (ATL), getting bar gigs is increasingly becoming more and more difficult. Our band plays fairly frequently (covers primarily). Some clubs we do okay in and get invited back. Primarily, these are clubs that have a built-in base of customers who appreciate good music. Others, we don't, and those are clubs that depend up bands to bring in their fans. Outside of family, we really don't have any fans that would travel to see us at different clubs. The trouble I have is that there are not too many clubs around that have that built-in audience there to hear the music. Most clubs book dates depending upon how you answer the question "how many people can you bring in"? I understand their concern since these bars generally don't stay in business for the long haul. I'm surprised more bands don't try to promote their own shows. I've been thinking about getting three bands together, buy some radio spots, along with a couple of print ads and putting on a show. I'm not Bill Graham, so there is a lot I don't know, but on the surface it sounds viable, but since I really don't know anything about doing this, I know there are pit falls out there. I'm just not smart enough to know what I don't know. Has anyone had any experience in this area. Obviously, the venue would be very important. Also, what about beer and liquor sales? Would a license be required, or is this something I could contract out like they do at weddings? Any input would be greatly appreciated.