in a previous thread i spoke of 3-peice predjudice our band was getting (as a cover band). jest for the record for those who don't know - the nerve! is and original band who took to doing some cover gigs for the extra money and a little fun. anyhoo... round our parts it's really tricky and difficult getting into the better bars to play. they're usually booked by agencies that are difficult to get into, and if not, they more often than not have their set bands that they use all the time and are comfortable with. unlesss your band is going to guarantee them 100 plus people they're pretty much not interested. my idea - and my problem with it: we played a handful of happening places and had the crowd really dig us, but didn't get a return gig for one or more of the above reason. when we play crappy bars we often get stiffed for the money. our expereince has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. i thought yesterday - let's just play for free, every other week at one of these happening spots for a month or two. i'm almost sure we'll develop a substancial following, if not - we can pack it in and join other cover bands that have already established themselves. it would be a two month investment, and would probably in the long run save us a whole lot of time, energy and money. problem: are we starting trouble by playing for free? is this thread starting trouble by giving others the idea of playing for free? will bar owners start thinking bands are willing to do this, and start simply looking for bands that will play for free? some clubs in jersey already do this. ohh the dilemma. nuff said. what are your thoughts?