We played a club a few months ago. It's an up and coming club, great sound, great location, a great place to play. Isn't that great? Anyway, they really have their stuff together. It's pro and run tightly. However, after our next gig there, I'm not sure if I want to play there again. I mean, I understand that they need to make money too, but shouldn't bands and clubs mutually benefit from their relationships? Here's an email I got from the booking agent today. I've left out names to protect the innocent, otherwise it's verbatim: I understand that as a band, sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and play the show. We had a show in Jan where we basically each ended up paying $5 to play a gig. The room and sound guy cost $75 and we only made $60 at the door, hence we covered $15. But, at that show, we weren't REQUIRED to create posters or pay for them if they weren't created. Whatever happened to the good ol' days? I remember when clubs would do at least some of the work. Nowadays, they see it as them doing us a favor. I don't expect to drink for free, but I sure as **** ain't asking them to put my drink in a fancy glass and have it served by the hottest bartender in town. Why should they expect me to bring X number of people, put up posters, GIVE THEM A FREE CD AND T SHIRT, and, if I don't cover the cost of room and sound guy, play for free (or worse, pay to play)? It just don't make no sense anymore.