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Willie-O Can someone explain bar (tavern) music to me? (74* d) RE: Can someone explain bar (tavern) music to me? 21 Dec 09

Ah, the old change-the-deal scam. (I have met a lot of managers who feel that they're not doing their duty if they don't screw you out of five or ten bucks somehow. These are always the venues where the payment is marginal at best.) Hasn't happened to me recently, but since most gigs are arranged by email, I always spell out the payment & hospitality agreed on, and ask the mgr to reply, then I print it out and bring it (even if they don't reply), cause thats a contract. Which can be useful both to avoid the five-dollar screwover, and the legitimate confusion that the closing staff don't always know what your deal is.   

In this day and age, though, you were lucky to get three weekends in a row at the same place. Except that it suggests they don't have the knowledge to book a rotating roster of players to keep the audience interested...then they wonder why it's quiet after three weeks and blame you!

You shouldn't think of these as "fiascos"--unless you don't get paid--you're learning something new every week!


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