I play cover songs in a dance/party band in San Francisco and have been wondering lately about how bands manage their backups for the band members. Do you have an identified sub? That is, do you have an agreement with another bass player to sub for you if you cant make it to a specific gig, assuming he/she is available? Maybe a reciprocal arrangement under which you are each others backup? If so . How did you find this person? Does he/she know all your bands material? Does he/she periodically attend your bands rehearsals? Any pre-defined financial requirements or expectations? Any advice you could give regarding finding an on-call sub? Or do you just hop onto the Wanted: Bass Players forum and hope for the best?