What's a House Concert?
Good question. A house concert is a live performance that takes place in a private home.
It can be fairly informal; basically it's a group of people sitting around someone's home listening to music.
It's generally held in a small enough space that the artist can play acoustically, without any amplification.
A house concert is great for both the artist and the listeners because it delivers live music to an intimate audience.
While we do play large stages with a full band arrangement we also do these more intimate acoustic shows and love playing them.
Ok, I'm sold. How do I host one?
All you need to do is:
- Provide a common space big enough to fit at least 20 people (on pillows, folding chairs, soft rugs, whatever).
- Invite your friends and family and ask that they make a suggested donation to the artist.
- Provide drinks and/or snacks if you'd like (chips, cheese & crackers, cookies, veggies, etc.).
A house concert costs almost nothing to the host; the only out-of-pocket expenses are for the drink and snacks. The "suggested donations" will take care of us!
However, if preferred, the host can provide the concert fee. Whatever works best for the occasion.
Here are some good resources about house concerts:
list of helpful links
NY Times article on house concerts
a good how-to
Please email us if you're interested in hosting a house concert, and we will try to set something up: firstname.lastname@example.org