For me, it's not "only $30" for the ticket, it's at least $30 just getting to the shows in NYC. Hell, it's $12 just to get over the damn crossings never mind parking. And heaven help you if you actually would like a beer - $9 is normal and the bartenders expect a buck for every one or they'll ignore you. I used to be on the guest list for a lot more shows and an evening out would still set me back a bit. Now I'm concentrating on building a business where I actually get paid so I just can't go to every show anymore - though I'd still like to. I just have to be more selective. But I will continue to stubbornly show up for ProgPower regardless.