OK, it's 3:45 and I just got home. We played well, but the business side sucked so I need to get it out and maybe help you all understand how and how not to do booking. I got to take over this thankless booking job about 4 months ago. Yay. We want to play out more, so that means getting into new venues. New venues want to know how many people you'll bring, and unless you've got a ton of friends, that's unpredictable. We have over 600 people on our email list, but only managed to bring 5 folks out tonight. I thought it was ok because there were a decent amount of people in there, and they enjoyed the music and definitely didn't go away. Nope. When trying to get paid at the end the mgr. gave me crap for not only bringing 3 people (''it was 5" "DO YOU WANT TO ARGUE WITH ME?!" "no sir") but also for starting and ending at the wrong time. He paid us our full audition fee, so I cannot complain about that, but I'm not sure if we'll get to go back, and that is the whole point of getting into new venues -- to be able to have a regular place on the schedule that pays your regular rate, not their audition rate. I am partly to blame for this, as I did not write down the start and end time when I booked it. There was also mis-communication, as "last call" for him meant we're done and for me it meant play until they finish their last drink. As far as the start time, we couldn't have started on time if we wanted to or knew it because we had tech problems -- somehow the jukebox circuit blew (I have no idea how that happened), the PA xover died, and my preamp decided it would only output through the XLR and not the 1/4" (it always does both, so I can send a signal to both the PA and the amp -- I decided to just use the amp). It took awhile to figure out all of these things, but we really only started 25 minutes late. Also, I wasted time because I thought they wanted lights so I set some up but after the jukebox fuse deal I didn't dare turn them on, they suck a lot of juice. I can't wait to call him next week to see if he'll book another date with us. So, anyway, here are things I will now always write down when I book a show. start Time # of sets length of breaks end time drink/food deal sound/light requirements payment I will also say, yes we will try to bring people but we do not control their lives and there is NO GUARANTEE that everyone or even anyone on our list will come out. Especially to a new place they are not familiar with. However, we will do a good job at bringing back the people who do hear us. Now it's 4:10 and I'm going to bed. I'm sure there are other things I should write down when booking a show. Do you see anything I've missed?