Many gigs are free

In the article "Freebie no more" [News, March 13] about Fridays After 5 charging admission, organizer Tony LaBua, was quoted as saying, "We are the only venue in the state that hasn't charged."

Richmond's version– Friday Cheers– is free, and I've been to several others in different areas of the state that are also free, and the quality of bands is as good, if not better.

Melissa Garth