I'm hoping some of you have some insight and experience regarding an issue that my band is facing. First off, it's a classic rock cover band comprised of a bunch of guys in their 30's and 40's who don't have a lot of experience as a whole playing gigs. I tried out for this band in April, and we're getting to the point where we are ready to gig. We've been beating the pavement talking to club owners to give us a shot in their clubs. We haven't been getting much in the way of callbacks when one of the clubowners at an established biker bar wants us to give her a one or two hour "audition" on Saturday, August 20th. Here's the kicker: it's unpaid, and it's going to be at 4:00 PM on a Saturday afternoon. She's counting on us bringing in extra business during the afternoon. (To me, it feels like she's just using us in a way). She just hired a band across the hall from us at our rehearsal studio using the same method. They brought in a bunch of their friends and family, and before they even finished their soundcheck, she hired them (based on the crowd they brought in, who were swilling beer). We're dying to play our first real gig, but damn I wish it was paid. Supposedly, if we can bring a crowd that likes to drink beer, then she'll book us on a Friday or Saturday night for pay. Anybody dealt with this before? Did it work out? Did you get ripped off? We need the experience, and we need to be able to say "Yeah, we've played at this club." We can also get some performance pics for our website too, so that will be an added benefit.