House Concerts are becoming a very popular alternative for music lovers who don't want to pay huge ticket prices for bad seats and fight big crowds. Instead of paying admission, attenders give a suggested donation that ranges between $10-$15 per person. 

 

If you enjoy having guests in your home and entertaining, consider hosting a House Concert. These concerts can be held in living rooms, family rooms or backyards. However, they are not limited to those spaces. If you don't have the space, live in an apartment or condo, you can host a concert at the community clubhouse. These intimate venues give new meaning to the saying, "There wasn't a bad seat in the house"!

 

House Concerts differ from a private party where the musician provides live background music. I am more than happy to do that.  However, a House Concert is a unique and memorable musical event in which a seasoned performer entertains you and your guests in an intimate environment.

 

It requires little to no expense or complex planning on the part of the host. Hosts can provide snacks or you can ask the guests to bring hors d'oeuvreds or even do a pot luck. If alcohol is allowed by the host, it is usually BYOB. Whatever you chose to do is up to you. 

Here's how it works...

  • A host will open their home for a concert. 

  • The host and friends will promote the show and invite family, friends, neighbors and other music lovers to attend.

    • You can do this with email, evite service (evite.com or eventbrite.com) or by creating an event on Facebook.

    • I will be happy to assist you writing and sending of invitations.

    • Make your guests aware of the donation in your invitation. For example: "We suggest a donation of $10-$15 per person - more if you can, less if you can't.” (More about donations in point #5)

  • I will perform for at least an hour or more, performing 1-2 sets of music.

  • During the break and after the performance I will mingle and chat with your guests (something the more intimate setting affords both myself and the guests).

  • Donations

    • All donations normally go to the performer unless other arrangements are made. 

    • Most people don't mind a reasonable donation any more that they mind tipping at a restaurant. 

    • The host can collect donations either at the door or in advance. You can also put a donation basket with a sign at the door where they can drop off their donation when they arrive. 

    • Donations ensure that the house concert performance is not a business event.

  • Logistics

    • I am fully self sufficient with a small sound system, multi-colored mood lighting and acoustic guitar. All I need is an electrical outlet. I don't need much space. However, it is good to look at your space and locate me where visiblity is good for everyone. When your guests arrive, it should look like they are coming to a concert. 

    • A small living room can usually accommodate 20-25 people if arranged creatively. You can rearrange couches, recliners and add any other chairs that you have in rows to create a concert setting. It's totally up to you as to how many you think you can comfortably accomodate. 

 

In this ever changing musical climate, House Concerts have been a refreshing way for family, friends and neighbors to experience quality entertainment close up and personal. 

 

They are also a way for me to share the gift and love of the music from the soundtrack of our lives. Afterwards, everyone will feel like they have been special guests for an exclusive musical event. To request more information or to schedule a House Concert, go to my booking page.

 

 

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