I'm hoping for some advice on how to approach getting our first real gig. We are a cover band that plays for fun and our goal is to play local venues occaisonially. We have a few parties lined up and we feel we are about ready to play out somewhere. As far as being paid, we all have regular jobs and the money that we make would go back into the band for better equipment etc. We play an ecclectic mix of rock/alternative songs and have a fairly unique set list for around here (we aren't classic rock or hard rock/metal like most cover bands around here). Anyway, we feel we are adequate enough to play out, but this being a business I feel that we don't need to have a slick demo tape and proof that we sound great as much as we can demonstrate that we can bring a crowd that spends money. There are 6 members in the band (2 vocalists) and we all have different sets of friends from each other and we could bring between 30-50 people to see our shows (prefer no cover charge). These would be mostly people in their 30's with money to spend. How do we go about approaching the venues, who de we talk to and how should we negotiate to get paid? Do you think this way will work, by this I mean selling ourselves by the crowd we bring? Is that the way it is done, or is it typically all about the music and how good we sound only? Thanks in advance for any and all help!