Re: The tip jar
Unless the venue prohibits a tip jar, I say you're foolish for not having one out.
Cheapens the band? No.
You need to realize most ppl in the crowd don't know what's up, they don't know if its cool to tip, if its OK and most don't want to spend the effort to find out. Having a tip jar makes it clear, it shows ppl its ok to tip the band.
Bar gigs are where its at for tip jars, everyone else in a bar/club is working for tips, why should the band be excluded? Its closed minded thinking.
More than many times I've seen a person (random and friend of band) in the crowd grab the tip jar and and walk it around the place for the band, it went from nothing inside to packed full of green and everyone in the place was happy.