I thought this might trigger some interesting dialog.
So, your band is doing new bookings for the year, and you come to the venue that is willing to give you a date, reluctantly, but says you "better fill the room."
Now, of course the band shares some responsibility to market the gig and get some people there. But so does the venue. When the venue lays that on thick, what do you do? Do you:
1. Pass on the gig [if you don't have a band that can Consistently count on a following?
2. Take the gig, but knowing it's probably a one and done?