I'm throwing the towel in. Need suggestions from people who have succesfully dealt with this stuff. Please don't suggest anything you haven't yourself done, because while some things sound great in theory - in the real world (or in NY) they simply don't fly. A $600 steady gig that we've had, cancelled our last show with them the day of. They've been good to us so we let it slide. We were booked again for last night and we called to confirm it. 12 times. They wouldn't return our call, and were avoiding us. We left 2 final messages last week and 2 days before the show confirming that we WILL BE THERE. We didnt' get any resonse. Today I get this email: Sorry for the late notice, but Fulgum's is cancelling all band dates and is changing the format of the bar/restaurant. For now, we have decided to not have any live music and have opted for having a dj on alternate Saturday nights. I am trying to get the new restaurant aspect of my business established and unfortunately I need to change a few things around. I have been out of town a lot lately (due to personal family matters), I am sorry for my lack of correspondence. Bruce Fulgum We could have booked another gig. Now we can't. Were out $200 each, and we have no recourse. How do we get written agreements? It's tough enough getting a gig when the bar doesn't know you - I can't imagine a bar owner signing and mailing any kind of agreement. Are email agreements valid? What exactly do you write in the agreement? What do you guys with experience in this do to ensure you won't get screwed and I'm not interested in the punching them out method. I'm not in a very good mood right now.