The band I play in was up for a slot in the Midwest Music Festival, which is held in Winona, MN (small college town) every April. We didn't get booked, but the festival booking guy was very positive and encouraging and sent us an email saying we'd definitely get a spot the following year, and letting us know that they've blocked out paid weekend gigs all summer at the city's "newest and best" venue, specifically for bands that were on the brink and didn't make the cut for the festival. Sounded interesting, so I followed up. Got this email today: So yes -- the "newest and best" venue in town has "some speakers and a rudimentary soundboard." :neutral: I'm just jumping all over this, I can't wait to load up my van and drive 2 hours to your college town in the dead of summer so you can try to sell some beer during a period of otherwise slow business.