If you have to depend on the venue to make the show for you then you my friend will always be out of luck.
SY played this mega small Mexican rock club in Queens last year. Plenty of flaws and issues with long lines and post (ponements) while everyone got in But the show was power force 12. Small and intimate is where its at. LA Forum or the Smell? Roseland Ballroom or the Cooler? I mean if your favorite band played a closet thats a much cooler story that playing the fairgorunds....right?