FYI: THIS DID NOT HAPPEN TO ME:
I tried to write out the entire timetable of what I witnessed happening but damn is this story convoluted with alot of he said she said BS... so I deleted everything and I am starting over. I will try and sum it up with what I know.
A drummer friend's band booked a show at a local bar for $500.
After the show was booked the owner's family decided to throw a birthday party for the owner the same night- keeping the band's date- so the night of the gig place was packed. (pics back this part up. NO place to move AT ALL - way better than my last gig... HA!)
At the end of the night the band was handed $300.
A bitch fest ensues on Facebook over the weekend. The singer bitching on the band profile and his page. The owner's daughter blasting the band on her page.
At this point (since I know the singer has an ego and does think his band should be getting $1000+ a night) I figured he asked for more $$$ at the end of the night because of the packed house but then I read something that made me think something else went down also.
Someone made the comment that they were only given $300 because everyone was there for the party... not the band.
So here's my question-
Let's assume for a moment they were booked for $500.
Does it matter if people were fans of the band or friends of the owner just there for the party? Its not like the party was in a separate room.
Most of the blasting is deleted but There is this comment that is still sitting on FB:
your a hundred percent right. I deal with that bs with bands and djs all the time everyone came there for the birthday party not the band looks like to me. i know there was 8 of us at least and your dad is not an **************************** shame on the person who is saying that a deal is a deal its a shame because bar owners give these guys chances to get there name out there we have big risks like noise violations and other risks along with overhead etc but they dont see that i hope your dads night was not ruined because of a greedy person
Yeah I'm not sure I agree with THAT!
anyway, IMO the band is hurt by this as is the bar. The truth is somewhere in the middle I think. I know when the owner was trying to get us to play there he was only offering $250. LOL nope. Also the few times we have been burned we just quietly cancel any more dates and we dont go back.
Sorry for the long post- slow day at work. but food for thought I think... does it matter WHY you are entertaining people in a bar?