My drummer called me today, saying that we have a chance to play at the Rave in Milwaukee. (We're based in Chicago.) Cool, I say. Apparantly there's this all-day noon to midnight rock fest with a bunch of big name acts (Mest is the only one I can remember) that are playing on three different stages. There'll be three stages, and I'm betting dollars to donuts we'll be on the smallest, as they'll probably use the Eagle's Ballroom, and the Rave, and then the smallest room between the doors and the Rave. Apparantly all gear except for guitars and cymbals will be provided for, in order to facilitate quick band changes. That's cool. We get a 20 minute set. Well... ok. Do we get paid? Well, that's the thing. We have to plop down like $300 to buy 25 tickets, and sell them ourselves. That's $15 per. But wait, they'll throw in another 25 tickets, and we can sell them for whatever we want. Whatever we sell over the initial $300 is what we get paid. That sucks. That really sucks. If it were a club in Chicago, we might be able to pull it off, but there's no way in hell we're going to get that many people to spend that kind of money to travel an hour and a half north to see us play. And the worst part is, I think everyone else in the band wants to do it. Edit: Not only that, but if we're on the smallest stage, there will be at least one other stage playing with a bigger act that has more name recognition.