So my band has aspirations, but they are realistic and ultimately rooted in the reality that none of us is going to quit his day job to pursue them full time. But what if we wanted to put together a mini tour? We'd need a trailer, all our personal gear, a PA, extra insurance, and a bunch of other stuff that would make this post longer than it already is. Or would we? I'm sure many TBers are in similar situations where we have a musical project we are passionate about, but real limitations on time, money, and other resources. We have everything we need to play any festival or venue within a day's drive of us, but if we wanted to play a festival in Nevada, how would we make that work? Do we fly with just our instruments, show up for that one gig, and fly home? If we drive we could carry more gear, but we'd have to stitch together some shows along the way for gas and beer money. So what if we created a Talkbass Tour Network? Here's what I'm thinking: A collection of TBers who have access to 1) Gear, 2) Sound, and 3) Venues to trade services. If you are coming through the Philly/Harrisburg/Baltimore/DC area, I can provide a PA and backline and run sound for you, or your band could hop on a bill for a show we already have, something like that. Then, when my band comes through your area, you can return the favor or pay it forward to another member of the network - strict quid pro quo would get messy pretty quickly. This way, a band who will never have label support can put together a smaller tour in another part of the country without having to haul every last piece of equipment for a DIY gig. Pack your instruments, pedalboards, and asses in the van and drive to the next town. The cost savings would be tremendous, and horizons ever more expansive. This would require commitment, obligation, and investment in the community, not just a list of numbers you can call. If you join the network and someone calls, you'll do what you can to help them out (within reason, naturally). There are a thousand details to work out and rules to craft, but it's an idea, right? Does something like this already exist and I just need to know the secret password to be granted admission?