What’s a House Concert?
A house concert is a private concert that anyone can host in a living room, backyard, neighborhood community room, or anywhere else where 15-20 or more friends can gather. Even if you don’t have space in your home, you can host a concert at a small venue like a community room.
Why should I host?
You get to provide a fun and unique event that you and your friends will be able to share and talk about for years, and it’s a great way to support live music in your community.
Will it cost me money?
It doesn’t have to. Most concerts are funded through the donations of those who attend. If you would rather pay for all your guests, we can work out a fee for my appearance.
Do I have to supply anything?
The only things you need to supply are the space and the invitations. Chairs are sometimes nice, but blankets for sitting during a concert on the lawn work, too. And you can provide refreshments, or make it a pot-luck affair, or not worry about food and drink at all.
How loud will it be?
No louder than a living room stereo system. I set up a microphone and small speakers, but just so that the sound carries in the small space.
How does it work?
Usually people arrive about an hour before the concert for mingling and food and/or drinks. This is followed by a 1-hour concert and then time for a bit of mingling and socializing afterwards. If you’re interested, I’ll give you lots of details on the best way to set up, what to put on invitations, and how the evening should go. It’s lots of fun!
Want to learn more?
This Wikipedia page on house concerts has lots of background and details.