There's still a few of these in our area. What is surprising is that a few of them are actually very desirable places to play. In the past we've never done those, contending that we don't play for free unless it's charity, but now we're considering one of them...This is notably for our coverband, not originals.
Any experiences with this?
As it stands, my only experiences were with my former originals band, and every single one of those experiences was bad- mostly it was a disingenous attempt to get more people to the open mics. Even in situations where we clearly killed it and slayed whatever crowd was there, we never once got a booking out of doing it.