I'm kind of old school. I feel that if I agree to take a gig, I should honor that commitment. But you know, there's an exception to every rule. A few weeks ago, our sax player emailed us to see if we were free to play on November 2. I said sure. There was a detail omitted though. We found out last week that the gig is outdoors. This is upstate NY. There is a very good chance the weather will be below the freezing point. It certainly won't be warm. We did an outdoor gig today. It was about 50 F (10 C). This was cold enough that everything kept going out of tune, and by the end of the gig my fingers were sticking to the strings. And this was only two hours. This is funk-influenced music, often played at fast tempos, with a lot of 16th notes. It's hard enough to play it well under ideal conditions. The guy who hired us for the November gig was at our gig today. Our BL spoke to him about our concerns, and I frankly found his response dismissive and disrespectful. It was sort of this incredulous “why?!” Like we were being complete wimps or something. I feel that this November gig is unreasonable, and therefore cancelable. I find it hugely disrespectful to musicians in general that anyone would even consider hiring a band to play outdoors at this time of year, and doubly disrespectful that they weren't up front about it. I also think it's dangerous to our health, and possibly our gear. I'm in my mid-40s, and my hands are starting to hurt in the cold weather. I also try not to expose my instrument to extreme changes of temperature, for fear of warping the neck. Thoughts?