What’s funny about this thread is it seems there are two groups of people from different worlds speaking different languages, but they haven’t realized it yet.You're playing in a club and what do you think people are there for?
They want to drink, socialize, and dance.
Do you think that the crowd is going to want to dance to original music they don't know?
If you're doing originals ( I know it'll be hard), but look for someplace that has a "Concert" setting where people want to sit and listen to your music.
Cover band venues and original band venues exist in separate universes. They’re both governed by the same basic laws of economics, but they attract different crowds who want different things. The things that make a band successful in one universe are either useless or even detrimental in the other.
Even with the continued decline in popularity for cover bands, cover band venues are still the overwhelming majority because the audience for original bands at the club level has always been small. So, the folks who live in the cover band universe have no idea the original band universe even exists. For the original band folks, it doesn’t take long to figure out that the guy who books the local sports bar doesn’t give a crap about your 45 minute prog rock opus because it’s gonna drive his regulars out the door, but the original band venue will put you on as third opener on a Wednesday to see how you do.