What is a House Concert?
While everyone does them differently, there are a few things that all house concerts seem to have in common. House concerts are casual musical performances by independent musicians held in someone’s private home or space.
House concerts are a concept as old as music itself. Before music halls and large venues were available, musicians traveled from town to town and performed for small audiences this way. What makes a “house concert” is really two things-- it's a concert held in someone's private residence or space, and it's not for profit. The artists are paid through donations. They usually share music that is not supported by mainstream music publishers or producers. And usually, IT'S BETTER!
- House concerts feature solo acts, duos, or small groups
- House concerts are attended by friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fans of the artist
- House concerts are produced at almost no cost. Attendee donations pay the performer and the performers stay and eat in the hosts home
- Some house concerts host a pot luck dinner before the performance. Guests can socialize and enjoy everyone's company before the show
- A house concert is a casual, intimate setting— audiences sit close and can interact with the artist
- House concerts provide an opportunity to buy a CD or two and continue to enjoy the artists' music
- We ask that each attendee donatea recommended $20 to the artist. For many, this is their sole means of supporting themselves
- RSVP's are helpful. Some of these artists travel a very long way to perform for us so we want to make sure we greet them with a large, enthusiastic audience
- Sometimes, there may be a jam after the concert with the artists or even, without them. Guitar, banjo, harmonica, bass, mandolin, or other instrument - all are welcome
The immersive and intimate experience of house concerts is memorable. No big crowds, no parking lot searches, no waiting in line, no strange smells wafting through the audience, and the quality of the music is beyond belief.
I believe that given the opportunity, you will fall in love with house concerts and may even want to host a few yourself. Ask us how!