One of my favorite types of live performance is the house concert. And yes, it’s pretty much exactly how it sounds – a concert I give in your home.
House concerts are intimate musical gatherings, allowing for a truly special connection between the performer, music, and audience. It hearkens back to the days where people got together and actively listened to music. That is, not hearing background music in a bar or passively listening while doing something else, but intentionally listening and experiencing together.
And, I’d love to play one in your home.
How does it work, you ask?
Well, an individual hosts a house concert featuring a musical artist or act in their living room. They reach out to their friends, family, and neighborhood to gather attendees for a unique, fun, inexpensive, and memorable night. Oftentimes the host provides snacks, and sometimes they like to organize it with a potluck style dinner.
The host and the artist discuss certain details of the performance, such as start time, one set vs. two sets, etc. Soon enough, the day arrives and the audience has a one-of-a-kind concert experience.
Generally, the way finances work is that there's a suggested donation of $20-25 per person (the artist and host can agree upon a figure or range), and all the money goes to the artist. Furthermore, the artist can sell CDs. The artist then uses these combined figures (donations and merchandise sales) against a guaranteed figure agreed upon with the host.
The most important thing is the attendance. Depending on the size of the living room, a good size for a show is 25-40. Of course, if more can fit, even better, but the essence of the show, a listening environment where people are actively tuning in to the music, must not be lost. For me, shows must have at a bare minimum 20 adults.
Also, if the artist is on tour, the host generally offers a night of lodging and a meal or two (dinner and breakfast).
If you’re interested in hosting a house concert, or know someone who would like to, let’s talk. Click here to head on over to the contact page and send me a message.