We played a show about a month ago at a bar that has a pretty bad reputation for dealing with bands already. The show was on a Wednesday night, and although there were three bands on the bill, turnout was really low. All bands play all original music, so the turnout is pretty much hit or miss--usually we get a decent amount of our friends to come out though and maybe one or two actual fans. But this time was one of the 'miss' nights. So while the third band's playing, the owner tells us that we didn't bring in enough people to cover the soundman's fee, and the bands had to split the difference. I had never heard of that before, and all of the bands were pretty upset at this little wrinkle. We debated with the owner for a while, my main argument being that we weren't told upfront that this would be the case if we didn't draw enough people. She said it was listed on the website (on 8pt. type font I'm sure), which I thought was a little ridiculous. Another argument we had was that we figured the bar must've collected enough money from our band's drinks alone to cover the sound guy, not to mention the other customers/bands. She even tried to argue that more people came in on that Monday night when they just had a jukebox, trying to imply that a jukebox draws more people than our three bands. I thought that was so ridiculous of an argument--I mean, of course the bands have to promote a show, but some of the responsibility has to fall on the bar too, right? I scanned the local papers and didn't see any advertising that they did that week. And there had to be other factors involved--weather, day of week, etc. There's no way that people would not go to the bar because bands were playing, as if they'd say "Oh man, I was hoping it'd be jukebox night, let's go somewhere else tonight..." Sorry to babble...But I'm wondering--is this standard procedure at bars? Were we off base or in the right? Anyone else have similar stories?