So I got asked to play a local venue's summer concert series. It's at a local restaurant/bar/music room that's kind of hard to get into for a regular weekend slot, so this will be a good opportunity for us to play and let the owner hear us and all. I've played there quite a bit with previous bands and know the owner pretty well. I get the date and say, "Yeah, we'll do it." Only I didn't check with the steel player. He's got a work related teaching gig that night and is leaving town the next day. Oops. My bad! I contacted the owner ask if there's another date or we can play as a trio without the steel player. There's no other date, but he's OK with the trio. It's not quite what we are now, but we played as a trio before the steel player joined us. We can make it work. I might see if the fiddle chick in my old band can join us for the night. There's not much pay, but we're getting food and drink. It's so much fun being the band leader! Lesson learned, check with bandmates before you say yes.