There’s something pretty amazing about a concert in your home, surrounded by friends that are there to listen to the music. For the artist, it’s about having an audience that is more focused on listening than chatting at the bar. For the audience, it’s an intimate experience in a comfortable setting where you can hear every word of a song and interact with a musician in a way that bars and clubs don’t typically allow. House concerts have quickly become the gigs I look forward to most.
Here’s how a house concert works:
- You have a space (living room, backyard, whatever) that can comfortably hold 15+ people. The average house concert seems to be about 25 people, but smaller or larger is fine.
- Barak Hill and Dallas Jones, House ConcertWe’ll set a date and time for the event, then you invite your friends. People that will dig the music and appreciate the setting. These are listening events. It can be tough for young kids (and some adults) to respect the quiet, intimate setting.
- Usually, I don’t worry about charging a cover. I put out a tip jar and ask that you let everyone know that a suggested donation (around $10 on average) is very much appreciated and that 100% of the donations go to supporting the artist.
- Invite everyone to arrive about an hour early or to stay after the show to chat. Once the music starts it’s best for the artist and the audience if everyone settles in to listen.
If you’ve got a living room or a backyard, let’s fill it with music. If you can pull together 10 people or 100 people, I’ll show up, guitar in hand. Contact me and let me know if you’re interested in hosting your own house concert.
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