I live in a small town that has 2 main live music venues. They are about 2 miles apart. Venue A books bands or DJ's on Sat. nights. Booking is literally first come first served and always has been. It's usually half and half- every other week a special guest DJ and every other week a live band. Venue B has no contracts or stipulations on their bands. Just show up and play for the door. Venue B used to have live bands every Saturday night and were known to be a for sure live music venue every Saturday. They stopped having regular live bands on Saturdays in 2010 due to another live music venue about 20 miles away soaking up their business/bands on Saturday nights. The other venue 20 miles away closed, and now Venue B wants to bring live music back to their Saturday nights. Venue B also pays the door. I know that Venue B used to require a contract with their bands that prevented them from playing Venue A. When approached by Venue B to book some gigs, I asked if they had a problem with my band also playing Venue A. (Our plan was to play A one month, then B the next on a regular rotation.) Venue B said that wasn't a problem anymore. I had to talk to the owner of Venue B last night about a situation that arose during our last Saturday night gig. (will post another thread about that later.) He said he had more good comments about our band than any other he had in the last year, he wants us on a regular roatation, and where else are we playing, have played, our plans, etc. I informed him we already played Venue A and are booked there again in Feb. and we would like to play A and B on alternating months. He very nicely suggested that playing every month in such a small area would burn our fans out and he really didn't like booking bands that played at A. I asked him to be patient, we are just now getting out and building our fan base and I would like him to talk to my entire band about it when we play his venue on St. Patty's Day. He said he would. Finally, I have been going to both bars for 15 years and know both the owners and staff well enough to be considered more than acquaintances. There a very close ties between the owner of Venue B and my wifes family. Due to this fact, I'm trying to make this "purely business". Of course, you know it won't work out that way. So, I've bought some time to think this over and talk with the band about it. Any of you have opinions or experience with this?