Music in your living room
House concerts provide an intimate setting for artist and audience to interact; however, it's usually best not to set up in front of the dart board.
One of the best places to hear music is in your house, and as it turns out, one of the best places to play music is also in your house. It's easier to do than you might think, and well worth the time and effort, just like any party that you want to make memorable!
How do I do it?
House concerts have grown into a huge network of hosts, artists, and fans, many of whom join together in various online conglomerations to support one another. One of the oldest is called Concerts In Your Home.
We've adapted some of what they say about House Concerts:
A house concert is an invitation-only concert in someone's home, presented by a host who does not profit financially from the event, though there is a huge benefit in having a reason to invite many friends to your home to eat, drink, and share a good time.
House concerts are usually:
> held indoors and on weekends (*though we don't mind early weekday events)
> attended by 10-50 people
> paid for by a $5-20 donation per guest (for the performer)
> often include light snacks, beverages or a pot-luck dinner
> attended by the host's friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe a few fans of the artist
> performed by solos, duos and small groups
> performed with little or no amplification
> very intimate - the audiences sit close and are attentive
> a 45- to 60-minute set of original music (can be two sets of 40 minutes, especially on weekends).
> booked with and without a financial guarantee (can vary by host and by artist)
So, what does that look like in reality? Something like this, perhaps:
Nice weather + big yard = Yard Concert
1: Find a date four to eight weeks away that both you and your favorite singer-songwriter can get together. (You need time to send invitations and get RSVPs, but not so far ahead that people forget.)
2: Invite music-loving friends, about 12 to 24 in most cases, more if your home is bigger, fewer if it's small. (You can also look into using a bigger room at your company, church, or your rich friend's bigger house.)
3: Set up a room, deck, or patio with a few extra folding chairs or stools.
4: Socialize for an hour or so before concert.
5: Clang a spoon against a glass and get folks into their seats. Introduce the musician(s) (and the Donation Jars). Have 45- to 60-minute concert.
6: Listen to music, clap at the end of songs, laugh at the attempts at jokes, don't request "Freebird."
7: At the end, lead the applause, walk up to the microphone (if they have one) and thank your friends for coming. Make sure they have had a chance to make donations and/or buy merchandise from the artist.
Note: Well-prepared artists will have a handy note card prepared for the host to read from. Something that includes where they're from, what their music is like, and even what to say about donations. Raggedy Edge used to be one of these, but we can't find our paper. We're working on doing better.
Most importantly, house concerts turn your get-together into something extra-special and FUN! So everybody wins, the musicians, the hosts, and the guests. For more information or to set up a House Concert, send us an email, or use the form on our Contact Page, or call us at 937 - 270 - 4531.
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Here are some comments from folks who have hosted us:
"We very much enjoyed hosting Raggedy Edge for our backyard concert. My friends were enthralled to have two such great performers who had a real story to tell through their music! The setting was beautiful as it was my own backyard and my guests all had a great time. It really added a new element to entertaining at home!" ~ K. Coughlin, Fort Myers, Florida
"We loved the intimacy of the performance, the banter between songs, the type of music you played, and being able to actually meet and talk with you after the set. Everyone was tapping feet or bobbing heads. Everyone has commented to me about the experience." ~ A. Adams, Venice, Florida
In Closing: In our brief time together, we've been able to help put together house concerts in