A local bar has open stage night every Thursday. I went down there recently with my bass to sit in. At the door, the cover charge is $2.00, which goes toward promoting music in schools. I asked whether this applied to performers and was told yes. I paid my money and went in. I realize that $2.00 is a pittance, especially 2 Canadian dollars , and I didnt want to raise a stink but it really irks me to have to pay to entertain. Playing for free is one thing (and even then you usually have to shell out money for gas, strings, etc.) but to have to dig money out of your pocket to get in the door and play for people I find kind of insulting. Geez, doesn't giving your time count as a donation? Its the principle of the thing. I would have gladly given $2.00 or more if they had made it optional for the performers. Anyone else feel this way, or have other stories to share?