When I started, all of the wait staff kept asking me if I lived in residence. (I lived at home, quite close to the club). Finally I asked what residence was, it was employee housing (which $300/month was deducted from their wage to live in a craphole where everything you did was monitored). I was invited to a weekly after-hours staff party at another one of their clubs. They were charging $6/beer and more for mixed drinks.
I watched as the other employees lined up to get their wages (in cash) and blow every last cent of it right there and then, some advancing into the next week. This happened every week without fail. I was stunned.
I finally left after finding out their “peeler” clubs were just a front for a major prostitution ring. A few years later law enforcement dropped the hammer on all their clubs and owners.”
It was the strangest thing ever, but he outdid himself. One night he was shooing out the customers and pulled a chrome plated 9mm from his waistband and ‘urged’ the remaining table to leave the premises.
Who knows what evil lurks in their minds. I know that dealing with them is treacherous and it is a weird symbiotic relationship between the ‘entertainment’ and the club management. Usually the manager is the cool go-between and the owner just wants to minimize his costs and maximize his profits. Another free beer…. I don’t think so.
There are a “few” good ones. Very little in my experience. But the one thing you really need to understand is that they are business men and having you play at their club is a business investment. Sooooo….. Be very professional when you deal with them, make sure to discuss responsibilities in detail (set length, start time, end time, PAYMENT!!), leave them with a card to reach you for a future gig (they won’t look YOU up cause their are a million other bands), don’t be late showing up, have your gear ready and in shape, don’t get drunk, and try your damn best to make a REALLY GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION. That’s means bring as many people as possible.”
After all that’s said and done. Don’t forget to F###ING ROCK.”
I played sessions where the club is not to packed and the owner comes out and tries to beat your price down,well am I there to play music or pack this club, it’s not my fault his club is a failure and most clubs are out of business in 6 months.
We sometimes split the bill with friends who have newly forming bands. They have higher enthusiasm and by using them for openers they bring out all their friends to double the crowd. If you think hard there are many ways to fill a club, just remember club owners are usually desperate because they made a bad investment and are looking to cut costs like bands pay.”