here's one for you...
My former band played a nice club for 2+ years and pulled great crowds until the club changed management, then all our gigs were cancelled. My current band played there once over a year ago and the crowd was good, not great but the place was full most of the night.
Since then we havent been back. The guy who books the bands doesn't actually work there so popping up in person doesn't work. Emails and phone calls went unanswered until a few months ago. Then I got:
1st email: he claimed to not recall us ever playing there and it didn't matter that my former band did every 6-8 weeks. So I sent him a link to pics of the show.
2nd email: he says it doesn't matter things are different now and we have to play a thursday night. So we reluctantly agree to play the next month. He then cancels us 2 days before the gig.
I figured screw this and that was that until recently when he emailed asking for thursday and weekend dates. So I sent them our avails.
Waited about 2 weeks and then emailed him again with an updated schedule of avails because the summer is almost totally booked out and some places have booked us out til the end of 2013.
I get an email back from him the other day that says he is happy with the roster of bands he has now and they are booked out until the end of 2013. He then mentions 2 bands I know well and says we can do an opening slot for them if they agree to it. ( I am sure this "opening slot" does not pay)
As of now I have not responded and I doubt I will. We don't plan on doing an opening slot at this place, or playing it at all right now. This has been silly round and round BS for awhile.