I'm the new person in charge of booking our band, and on the second new place I got us into, the manager ripped us off. When I went up to get paid after we packed up, he said he was short, could I take half now and come back later for the 2nd half? I said ok because it would be a good place to play in the future and I was planning to come back the next night to hear my friend's band play. So I went back last night, we had a talk about how clubs and bands need to work together to build hot spots and what can we both do to make that happen and at the end I politely said that the first thing he needed to do was pay us for work already performed. He gave me half of what he owed and when I asked for the rest he said he was working at the edge of his margin and had to pay out as it came in. There were a lot of people there so I said ok in an hour? Yes. But that didn't happen, when I asked he shrugged and said work w/ me here! At the end of the night we got into a semi-argument where he accused me of stalking him all night and shaking him down for $100. I left. What can I do besides never play there again? No I don't have a contract or a union membership. This is the 1st time I've wanted one in 17 years of gigging. I can tell all of you DON'T play at the South Orange Grille.