Man, sometimes I love this board. As far as the question in hand. This is America, if you don't like something, you get your money back. That's how it works right? You don't like your food ad a restaurant, you get your money back or a different meal. You ask someone to make a piece and they fuck it up, you don't pay them.
As far as sound, that can be fairly subjective. What you think sounded like shit, might actually sound good in the room, you just don't know cause of how the stage monitors are setup. Other times people in the audience will say something sounded bad, but then again, that's also subjective.
Now occasionally the sound guy just doesn't give a shit. Years ago we played a show at what was then The High Five. Dusty, who is a really nice guy but to date one of the most inept soundmen I have ever seen in the city and this is after seeing him do numerous shows, was on the board. The band was from out of town, don't remember their name. Anyways, they setup and were playing their first song and Dusty just leaves and goes outside, he's smoking and talking to someone. The vocal mic starts feedbacking and then just goes out. The guy stops the song and is asking for the soundman. He is starting to get really pissed. Dusty is still completely oblivious. They try to yell through another mic and get his attention. Someone goes to get him. He comes back in, after a few minutes it's fixed. But the vibe is ruined. The bands pissed at the place and Dusty with good reason. the best part is after it was fixed, he went back outside again. I don't think he should have been paid for this, I really don't. But he was.
In a case like this I think the owner should do something. But in the end, it's not the bars money, it's the bands. So I agree, I would love it if every place was free and you got paid from the bar. I enjoy playing the Gypsy Hut in Cinci for that reason. Carabar's the only one who does that here, but I really think more should. People just don't want to pay to enter places anymore, it's a sad fact, but I admit, I am guilty of it too. So hopefully other venues will take note and change over. Hope that diatribe helped.
What the fuck are you talking about? And why do you insist on making another thread about me? Read through this thread. I have behaved myself. I've been a good boy.