It happens less and less these days, but I woke up really pissed at myself so I want to vent and air this out. Writing often helps and I think we can collectively learn and grow off of each others mistakes. Cover gig. New bar, an hour and change away from home, when we booked it we clearly stated that we weren't going to bring any people because we're from out of town. We do that all the time now so we don't get screwed. Bars that have a built in crowd will hire us, if they don't have people they don't hire us. It works really well. This place hired us - yet they seemed to fantasize that we would bring a crowd. We get to the bar, it has 2 seperate floors. 1st floor has a pool table, juke box, bar, food, people - 2nd floor has a stage and a bar. It is completely empty. It stays that way. 2 people came up and left because it was empty. We play a set and then the lady comes up to tell us she can't give us the $400 we were supposed to get. Something else is dawning on me as I write this that's getting me even more infuriated. She said they only took in $10 at the door, she wants to pay us $110. At the time she said this I felt bad for them because until now they treated us really nicely, gave us some food, put pretzles and candles out at the bar as if they were really hoping for and expecting a crowd. Fast forward... we settled for $120 ($280 less than we were supposed to get) and pack our stuff up. Upon leaving I notice that downstairs is packed. I'm pissed but really tired and brush it off saying screw them. It's really burning me now. Since only 2 guys came up and she said she took in $10 at the door does that mean they were charging a cover for us??!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOBODY KNEW US THERE! Nobody in their right mind would pay a cover to see us if everybody was downstairs. We travelled all the way there and took a hit, they COULD have had us set up downstairs but had all this elaborate equipment upstairs. Wow, I'm freaking fuming now. I usually fight for our money but this was an old lady, I was tired, I wasn't in my right mind.... Basically they hired us hoping we would bring them more business and if we didn't, well then - no loss for them. Remember, we clearly told them we weren't going to bring anyone. writing this isn't helping. it's kinda fueling me. it's done with - we lose. arrrrgh! please don't post anything about having written agreements because if that's your thought then I don't know where you're from, but here in NY if want a written agreement it basically means you're not getting the gig. if anything would piss me off more than last night it would be the the person who says, "that's why you have to have written agreements." sorry - the real world around here doesn't work that way. i'm not in a good mood this morning. i'm gonna go respond to some posts that piss me off.