Last night I was chatting with a guy who spent some time living in Florida and he said that the happy hour gigs down there were huge cash cows and went on to say how it was a such an easy gig...load in early, 2-3 hours of playing to people who are engaged and just want to decompress after a rough day at work and you're done by 7, 8pm. He also mentioned that he's been trying to convince bar owners up here in the north to book the same slot and give it a try but to no avail. The whole conversation was based around the "loading out at 1am stinks" thing. My question is...is that really the case down there and if so, is it as grand (and lucrative) as the picture that was painted? This inquiring mind wants to know! I can also vouch that here in CT, outside of the solo acoustic act in the corner, I have never seen a full band playing at 5:30 in the afternoon nor have I ever been asked to play such a gig. Venues up here book you for 9pm, 8 if you're lucky. So the second question is, are full band happy hour gigs a thing elsewhere? Concerts on the green at 5pm don't count. I've done plenty of those. I'm talking happy hour at your local yokel watering hole.