So I wanted to post an experience because I appear to have had a fallout with a local venue and wanted to see what others would have done. I know this is a bass forum but I play a bunch of different instruments, including guitar so here goes. I was asked to perform as a solo opening act for a local venue that has a good crowd in the summertime. I showed up when asked to run through a quick soundcheck and ran into some behavior from the sound person that left me confused. First off, after placing a mic in front of my amp they wanted to set the channel levels by having me adjust the volume of my amp until their meters were happy, rather than adjusting the gain/level at the mixer... seriously?? Secondly, they were unable to provide a usable monitor mix due to feedback issues, which they blamed on the microphone that I had brought, even though the person running the board commented several times that they had recently upgraded their mixer and they didn't really know how to use it. Since I only had 20-30 minutes for load-in, set-up, soundcheck and they never got the issues worked out I was forced to play my entire set with virtually no monitors, which as everyone knows, sucks. After limping through a 45 minute set screaming at the top of my lungs to try to hear myself I was kind of embarrassed and pissed. (Large PA stacks way out to the sides and in front). They also neglected to un-MUTE the kick drum mic until about 20 minutes into the set, and being a solo performer, the kick is really the only low-end I have. After my show I apologized to the guy that hired me, because I knew the performance and the sound suffered due to sound issues. I tried to politely explain that the sound person had struggled with equipment and wasn't able to work things out during sound check. I probably questioned wether they knew what they were doing. Needless to say, I was never asked back to this one venue, which is only a bummer because it's popular and has a good crowd. I'm guessing it's probably because I made a point to say something to the booking guy. I still play plenty of other places and have never run into these kinds of issues... am I better off? Is it better not to say anything at all? How do you handle sound person problems?