My #1 band right now is an acoustic group - a little string band (banjolele, guitar, percussion, DB). It's mostly original roots-y tunes with some goofy retooling of bluegrass standards and a Decemberists cover - on the eclectic side for this instrumentation. Group now has its first couple sets and on-stage act together judging by the half-dozen folks that were dancing in our second venue's (usually very not-dancing) 20-25 audience. We've played actual venues twice in the last couple of weeks. We met a couple of people and made a couple of contacts, but nothing that was directly gig related. We'd hoped to meet some people from "the scene" but there wasn't anyone at either of these, despite one of the venues' history as a good place for Americana. The club owner took my card though. ;-) It was depressing, and my bandmates don't have much in the way of income, so they were a little bummed. Last weekend, we busked (our 30 song, 3 hour book) from 10p-2a in an area with 4 fairly busy bars within a block. Made $135 and the folks complained that it was a slow night. This weekend, there's a good spot scouted that will work for the lunch, dinner, and night-out crowd. They tell me that we should double the amount we made last weekend with a couple or three two hour sets, but I find that hard to believe. Originals = $40 Busking = $135-200 I'm having trouble getting enthused about going on our local club/venue circuit (we have a fairly good local music culture) if there's no money. Festival season is upon us and there are more specialized venues and the demo is getting tracked in a couple of weeks and there are many other various upcoming possibilities, but still... I already asked some locals, but I'm interested to get TB's take on this. How do acoustic groups survive with these kind of market conditions?