My Band played a festival for an AA fund raiser. They had a nice setup and bands where on about every hour. The bass rig was backline, drums (bring your own cymbals) cabs were available for guitars. Quick pace but we did fine, though my BTB was blowing up the levels till we got it under control. The sound check I felt was weak. They had our monitors all mixed up, didn't think they really gave us a good sound check. So. my question is when you are gonna hit the stage with a big opening song. How do you get a good sound check without actually playing a song. I realize the sound man has to fix stuff as you go. I don't think we were getting anywhere close till about our 4th 5th song. For a less than an hour set that's a lot of lost time. I did notice the band after us played almost like a throw away song to get their stuff straight. We ain't that kinda noise band like they were. I'm pretty new to this playing in a band thing, and I'll do my best to make things work. I'm now taking a position that I'm not gonna be messed around again. Gonna study everything I can so I can take charge of sound reinforcement from here on in. Any help, criticism, recommendations, humor, or advise would be most appreciated. Oh and they had my bass running into a sub, even though I was playing an Ampeg Refrigerator and DI'd out too. That made me mental the whole set. It was right by me on stage.