Okay, this one is an age-old issue, but I would be interested in hearing any advice that can be offered. I have a band that plays primarily R&B, Blues, some Rock...all covers. The musicians are very good and I really enjoy playing with these people. I also do the the bookings for the band. So far, we have played maybe a dozen gigs since starting in mid-May. We have the usual website established, along with Facebook and Reverbnation pages. Some of the places we play have a bulit-in customer base and we love playing those places. Most, however, depend upon the band to bring in additional business. Some clubs will hire us only if we can bring in 50 people (50 seems to be the magic number that everyone keeps using). Only the singer and myself try to get our friends and family to attend our gigs. The other three in the group do not try to promote the gigs, nor have they ever brought anyone in. I've come to realize that being a musician also involves being a promoter. That's an aspect that most musicians don't care to get involved in. But, if we want the higher paying gigs, we have to be able to bring in people to make it profitable for the club owner. We do all of the normal promoting (posters, using Facebook and Reverbnation to send out notices, etc.), but I think the conclusion I'm coming to is that 1) cover bands really don't attract too many devoted followers, and 2) most younger people really don't want to hear R&B & Blues, 3) we will probably have to drop down our gig prices just to play in the lower paying clubs. Any advice from anyone?