As happy as I am that this thread has driven folks to my Hype Exchange (nod, nod, http://www.thedailypage.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=49676
wink, wink) post it makes more sense to answer this question here -
How is it Bratfest getting you a gig from a guy you have "known for a long time"? Isn't it just as likely if you had called this person before bratfest you could have gotten a gig from them?
Zipster's second-hand story of a guy who saw a club owner who hadn't even seen this guy's band on stage has no relevance whatsoever to what happened to me. And while I feel for said musician guy because it's almost impossible to actually talk to a club owner, I still feel he was a good guy for volunteering his time. It did not bite him in the ass - it got him a gig.
I'm not a schmoozer and am not real good at networking. Taking advantage of casual relationships to promote myself is not in my nature. Indeed, the person hosting the stage at Bratfest is someone I knew from previous networking including a cancer benefit in 2007 (that I did for nothing because I had cancer and got rid of it). But if I hadn't made the leap from one acquaintance to the next as described in how I wound up at Bratfest to begin with, suffice it to say that I wouldn't have gotten the paying gig.
This is not a flying leap of logic like Zipster makes in this thread. I calculated the odds, spent a little money for gas and got a gig.
Zipper still hasn't proven that some
musicians got paid. I queried the leader of one of the bands I know who does quite well in Madison and he told me none of the musicians he know of got paid including his. As he is, most certainly, a good friend, I believe him.
And I don't consider volunteering to cook brats so that my charitable organization gets a piece of the Bratfest pie as getting paid, either. Maybe one good thing about this thread would be that musicians who do a set would designate a charity that got, let's say, minimum wage per hour, per performer for doing the gig. I'd be happy to present a check for thirty bucks from the Bratfest folks to my charity of choice.