I noticed a thread elsewhere about there being nowhere to play in their towns. Well, my band started out somewhere you'd never believe, and to this day, we still play there 1 or 2 times a month. We play at a locally owned pizza joint. It is a diner type place with a couple pool tables in the back. There is an open spot in the middle. We just set up and play. People pull up chairs all aroud. Some dance. Its cool. Kids of any age can come, and they do. See, we know kids can't get in to a bar, but we remember when we were kids, so its a cool thing to do for them. The adults and 20 somethings can drink up at the bar. So, check around. Volunteer to play for free and tell the owner you can bring in a good crowd. Thats putting money into their pocket. Don't try a chain like Pizza Hut though, make sure its locally owned. Some franchises may not let their franchisees do that. Also, check with the local college(s). Sororities, frats, clubs. They all have parties, and we all like live music! Again, volunteer to play for free at first. Put out a tip jar if ya like. We played for our local colleges history club one Saturday at the president's garage. We cooked out, drank some brew. Was really fun. Make sure you get into any local music or arts festivals too. These are great. I should know. Our band, between us all, has done a load of em!!!! Good luck!