Bring the Music to your Living Room
(or garage, boat, basement, etc)
Back in the day, (before tech) people gathered around a fire or a kitchen table to bask in the sounds of live music. House concerts are a return to simpler times, an intimate way to connect with artists, and loads of fun!
(PS- Winter is the PERFECT time to host house parties because we're all getting cabin fever anyway...)
You don't need to have a big living room or fancy house to host a house concert. In fact, the more intimate the better.
Have a bit of floor space? A garage? A basement? We can create an unforgettable evening for you and 20 - 200+ friends and family.
Hosting a Show is Easy:
It doesn't have to be fancy unless you want it to be - think of it as inviting 20 or more friends over for dinner. As a performer, house shows are incredibly rewarding because we talk, laugh, sing, and mingle over a common bond, which is music. It's a magical, unforgettable way to spend an evening with the band and your friends!
There's no cost to you to host a concert! House concerts are donation-based, and as the host, you will ask your guests to make a donation of their choice.
Here's your 5-Step Guide to pulling off an awesome house concert:
1. Pick a Place
I'll perform anywhere there's shelter from the elements, electricity, and enough space to fit 20 or more people. This could be your living room or your boat - it really doesn't matter. We ask that you provide either floor space or chairs for guests to gather around. It's your space, so you can provide food and drinks, or not. It's really up to you what sort of atmosphere you want to create.
2. Save the Date and Book the Band
Don't wait till the last minute! Select a date and time that will make it easy for people to attend and with enough advance notice that people can plan for it.
3. Invite your People
Invite your friends! Send a text, email, or physical invitation (if you're feeling fancy!). Let them know in your invitation that this will be a donation-based concert. This means they'll be asked to donate whatever they want for the show on the night of the concert. You may want to provide food and/or drinks, or make it a pot-luck and ask people to bring a side dish.
Let guests know this is a donation-based concert. Please do not put a suggested donation amount in your invitation. Musicians fare better when guests are moved by their own experience at the show to donate.
Above all, we don't want anyone to feel pressured to donate if they're not in a position to do so. Please let your guests know that donations are appreciated but definitely not mandatory! We do make our living from sharing our music, but connection with our audience is the most important piece of what we do. At times, hosts prefer to impose a cover charge at the door. This is also ok, and we can discuss the fee structure with you.
*Please no babies or small children. I have 3 of my own and love kids! The purpose of the concert is for people to relax and enjoy the music. Children are a beautiful distraction from this purpose! Please provide on-site babysitting for children during the concert portion or leave little ones at home.
4. The Performance
Here's an overview of how things typically go.
Hour 1: The evening starts with guests arriving and we all hang out and enjoy food and drinks for the first hour.
Hour 2: Then we all gather in the performance space for the concert where I'll perform for an hour
Hour 3: After the performance, the host (you) thanks the guests for attending and asks for donations for the music they just heard, and lets guests know where they can donate. Then we all hang out some more!
5. Additional Notes
* I'll arrive an hour early to set up the sound system and make sure everything is ready to go.
* The success of the concert is largely linked to the enthusiasm of the host. The more jazzed you are, the more excited your guests will be to attend and donate. Go ahead and get excited!
* You don't need actual seats for everyone - floor space for blankets or pillows works too! It's best if guests do have a spot to sit down right in front of the performer though. Please no one standing.
* We'll go over all the details with you beforehand so don't worry if you have more questions!
House concerts are a beautiful, historic, unforgettable way to feel human together. I can't wait to spend an evening with you and your guests! Please contact me at the form below to host your own concert!