As silly as this sounds, can it or will it happen? I live in the midwest and for the last 8 years or so I have seen crowds diminish. Not just my cover band but others as well. I do live sound when we arent gigging and that is what I see. I went to visit a musician friend that lives in Indiana last summer. We went out friday night to see live music and saturday I watched his band play to an empty house. What gives? Do the current drinking & driving laws or no smoking in bars laws have the power to influence crowds that much? So, ask yourself the question. Are the crowds as big as they were 10 or even 20 years ago.