Here's the story... My last band played one of the better rooms in the area every 3-4 months for 2 years before we were cancelled and never hired back because new management and new agency took over and just weren't interested- Right before that happened Ostrich Hat played there 1 night and did very well.
Since then the last band has gone on hiatus and I have been trying to get Ostrich Hat back in there with no luck.
Yesterday we got an email from the agency that books for the room giving us one date a few months from now as a "test." Because they consider us a New-1st-time-in-band.
Ok fine, I am confident we will pass this "test" But we are not a 1st time in band.
The 2nd email came this morning with the details... Including a price so low I am not sure Ostrich Hat has EVER played for that little money. The good things are: house PA and lights, great built in crowd and it "looks" good on the schedule for other great rooms to see this room listed....but man did this guy low ball us... part of the reason I think is because he knows we want the gig. I have a call into him and I am going to try to discuss this. Another great room right down the street pays us 4X as much! I do want the room but this just seems like a dick move... any suggestions on how to handle it?