I'm pretty new to the board, and very new to gigging. We played our first real gig (technically our second, but the first where people paid money to get in) with an all original band I've been playing with for about 6 months. Our first gig was a small cd release party. We set ourselves up in a small room the day before, got our levels right, played our entire set through once as practice, and then had a great show. We thought we sounded good, and got lots of compliments from the crowd of about 80 people. These were all friends, so we have to take their feedback with a grain of salt, but I'm pretty sure it was "good". Our second gig was outdoors for about 200 ppl. We were standing on a narrow flatbed trailer that had wood planks for a floor. We tried to get a sound check early in the day, but we were the middle band so all we got was about 60 seconds of "sound check" before we hit the downbeat. At that instant, I realized everything just sounded like mud. I felt like a deer in headlights. We plowed through it. The sound guy came up behind the trailer and asked if I needed anything. I didn't even know where to start (plus I'm not very good and doing two things at once - like playing and talking) so I just smiled and plowed forward. When it was over, we were all in shock. People did cheer between songs (possibly just friends planted in the audience) and we got a good bit of positive feedback, but we sure felt like we muffed it. Anway, I'm looking for feedback on how to make sure this doesn't happen again (or maybe I just need to expect it will?) My rig is a 300W head with a 1x15 and 2x10, but I was DI to the board and no mic. We had monitors in front of us, but I'm not really sure if I had bass in the mix or if I was just hearing my cabinet... again - it just sounded like mud. I think where we went wrong was during sound check. I played just long enough for the sound guy to check my level and did not pay attention to what was coming through the monitor. I Interestingly, the next band was fairly big name - clearly a professional with lots of experience. After the first song he walked up to the mic and said "can YOU guys hear us, cause we sure can't." They sounded great, so that gave me a little more comfort... Do I just need to mentally prepare for this, or is there something else I can do?