The band I play in just finished a showcase gig last night. There were lots of people there I'd say about 200 - 250 so a good crowd. It's to bad the only reason they came was for the free food and drink. As soon as the draw for the free swag was finished they split on mass. By the time our band played ( we had 5 Bands providing the entertainment) only a handful of the people were left. It's to bad for the folks because all the bands were great, we hung around to support the 2 bands that were left to play, they deseved it. I know these things never play out and I don't why over all these years I've never learned my lesson, but our booking agent put it together and we owe her our support. All I know is the next time this happens it had better be 6 months from now because the taste is still bitter in my mouth from last nights exercise. But it is fun and a learning experience to watch and chat with your compadres, swap stories and to find out what some of the futer gigs as far as crowds and rooms go. Also the sound man did a fair decent job tryin' to mix 5 diffrent bands, we had celtic rock to blues so a wide variety of tunes. Like I had said to bad for the people who missed out on a good group of bands giving there all. On a positive note the owner of the bar was very happy and wants all of the bands schedules, possible bookings we can only wait and hope.