All you need to know about house concerts
First off, I'm stoked that you're interested in hosting a house concert. In my experience, as both a fan and a performer, this is THE BEST setting for music - a familiar room, comfy chairs, and a songwriter spilling their guts for you and your friends. I'd be excited and honored to entertain in your home for an evening.
The main requirement for a successful house concert is having a place for at least 15 adults to gather. If you have that, we can make just about anything work.
Here are a few cool things about house concerts you should know...
Cool Thing #1 - A "house" concert doesn't have to take place in a house
You can host a concert in a living room, a backyard, a garage, a small house, a big house, an apartment, or even a winery or photography studio! The point is that the "house" can be any space you have access to where your friends can gather, sit, and enjoy some music.
Of course, we'll all be mingling before and after the concert, and that can spill into other areas of the space. However, gathering everyone close and seated, right in front of where I'll be performing, is best for creating the intimate experience I aim to bring to the audience. Don't worry if there aren't enough chairs, blankets can turn the experience into a fun outdoor (or indoor) picnic.
Cool Thing #2 - It's not just a weekend thing
I get it. Weekends are usually reserved for the big stuff - amusement parks, football games, dancing, things like that. At the time of writing this, I've been busy for five out of the last six weekends. Believe me, I get it.
Here's the deal: a house concert isn't particularly lengthy. The time from guest arrival until the music is done is usually about two hours, making a house concert the perfect event for a unique weekday evening get-together. All of us could use something to break-up the work-week monotony. You could be your friends' HUMPDAY HERO.
And, of course, if a weekend show is better for you, that works for me, too.
Cool Thing #3 - There are no upfront costs to you
That's right, you won't have to pay a cent. This may be the coolest of all the things.
This is a donation-based concert. Rather than charge an admission fee, I ask that you encourage your guests to come prepared to make a donation after the show. I don't specify a suggested donation amount, mainly because there may be some cash-poor music-lovers out there and it's important that they enjoy the evening without feeling any pressure. After all, sharing music with people is the most important thing, right?
Sometimes, hosts prefer not to ask their guests for donations and prefer instead to pay an up-front guarantee for the show. Either way is fine, and I've done it both. If this approach interests you, please let me know, and we'll discuss the fee structure for scheduling a non-donation show.
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