My classic rock band played an "audition" gig at a biker bar on August 20th. We played 2 sets for free. We brought about 50 people with us who drank beer and ate food. After the gig, the booking agent told us "You guys played better and brought more people than any other band that's auditioned for us before!" She also tells our lead guitarist: "I'd like to book your band for 2 shows in October, and I'm even willing to pay more than usual. We usually pay $300 a night, I would be willing to pay $350 or $400." We told her that we were going to fire our drummer and get a new drummer (which we did). We then also lost our rhythm guitarist (Thank GOD!), and have since replaced him with a much better guitarist. Before we knew that our rhythm guitarist was going to walk, we had booked 3 gigs with her: 2 nights in October and one on November 5th. AFTER we lost our guitarist, we called her and told her what happened. Mind you, this was still in August, and our first scheduled gig wasn't until mid-October. She said, "No problem...I'll take you guys off the October schedule, but I'll leave you on for Nov. 5th." Great, we think. This will allow us the time to audition drummers and guitarists, find them, and then practice for a few weeks before our first gig. We posted on our website that we would be playing at this venue on Nov. 5th. We hired our guitarist two weeks ago. As soon as we did, we started trying to contact her to let her know that we were whole again and ready to play on the 5th. She didn't return our calls. Finally, I sent an email to her in a very upbeat tone letting her know that we were excited to play on the 5th. Today she sends me an email that said, in summary: "Glad you guys are back together...unfortunately I gave your gig away, although I have a vacant spot on Nov. 19th....but I can only pay you $200. At least I won't make you audition again." AAAARGGHHHH! What is up with this woman? She is totally screwing us around. Granted, we went through changes and cancelled two shows, BUT she told us when she booked them that if anything came up, she could work with us as long as she had one month's notice. We gave her much more than that. Now she's also trying to screw us on the money too. She did the same thing to a band that rehearses at our studios...they aren't going to play there anymore because they were told $350 before the gig, but were only paid $200 afterwards. I've read a lot of threads here about this subject and how to try and get written agreements, etc. This is just kicking my tail though. So would you accept the date (it's the only thing we've got on our calendar so far) and take the low pay? Or would you try to negotiate the amount with her and get it in writing? Or would you tell her "No thanks- we don't play for $200" and try to get another gig? We play in a major metropolitan area, and there are lots of clubs. But I don't want for our band to get or have a bad reputation right from the start. What would you do? Are we the bad guys here?