I REALLY try to make my jam night (afternoon) special. Most jams are a 'Throw the band in the corner, and see what happens'. At mine they get the big stage, a light show, 12,000 watt SOTA p.a. and FOH person (me). My partner makes sure everybody gets to play, and builds jam bands based on musicians strengths, and styles. Each musician coming up gets a quickie sound check for FOH levels and monitors. I'm juggling 20 inputs and 9 monitor mixes. I'm REALLY working hard to give each and every one the 'rock star' experience. We provide a kickin' house band for those that need it, and who get a 30 minute feature set. Then jam deplorables start showing up. *** is wrong with these people? Sound check was done, and I was eating my breakfast when the first showed up, thru the kitchen cause the doors weren't open yet. He asked if whole bands could play. I said talk to Jerry, he'll get you on the list. He said he needed to talk to me (eye roll on my part) He hands me an F'in stage plot. His six piece band need six vocals, a headset for the drummer, three wirelesses, and in ears. They want to bring their own keyboards. I tried to explain 'jam' to him. When I said if he couldn't get by with what was onstage, and VERY quickly at that, we couldn't accomodate him. He says- Well, we could soundcheck right now! He left in a huff, and called me an ******* on the way out. Two guitarists were on stage and badly out of tune. After the first song I jumped on stage and told them if they could not play in tune they would have to leave the stage. One of them responded by saying 'It's just a jam', and pouring his beer on the stage. A bass player plugged into my SVT, and turned it up to ten. I stopped him, and he replied 'That's my sound'. I read him the riot act, and he proceed to still drown out the whole band. I pulled them after two songs because they were deafening, and they left all pissed off. Harmonica players- Feel they can jump on stage anytime they feel like it, grab ANY mic, including one on the front of a guitar cabinet, and then stay all day... 'I'll just lay back'. I'm doing FOH, I'm the on call bass player, AND it was my turn for my band to be the featured band. I've got a lot on my plate, and a few complete jerks want to crap on my granola. RANT OVER. We had 28 jammers in 6 hours come thru that were great, respected time limits, and played in tune.