Don't know if this belongs here... But, my friends and I are thinking of getting a band started. We'd like to just play in some local bars. Something on the weekends, maybe a couple times a month. None of us has any idea of what to expect. How do most places handle this kind of thing? Most the bars around here don't take cover charges at the door. So, I assume they either a) pay the band a fixed fee or b) pay them some percentage of the bar tab at the end of the night. I'd like to know, but don't want to look like an idiot asking the bar managers. So, I thought I'd ask here. If you're in a band, and play at a local bar how do you get paid? How much does your band usually make in a night (be sure to say how many hours you play)? I realize every part of the country is different, and probably each bar is different too... I'm really more curious than anything. We still have a long way to go before we would even consider something (I'm bass-less right now for one!). Any tips/tricks on getting into the scene once we've got a band established and a few songs under our belts?