Have you ever thought about hosting a house concert? Let’s talk about it. If you have hosted house concerts before, you know it is a lot of work, and it is a lot of joy, and it is about the best thing you can do for an artist that inspires you.
Here's what you do:
I’ve done about a dozen house concerts a year for the last 10 years. Some hosts do this as a 1 off for their friends, some have developed a series as a kind of “music curator” for their friends/community. I’ve played in kitchens, apartments, barns, backyards, living rooms, on decks, on beaches, at venues, in tents, and once actually on a hay wagon. I’ve seen some hosts spend hundreds if not thousands for an elaborate set up in their home or yard, and I’ve seen it as a BYOB pot luck dinner, where all their friends chip in to help to set up and break it all down. As an artist, it does not matter. What is key is you are inspired by an artist, so much so as to share their music with your community.
Why would you do a house concert? It’s a way to support the artist. It’s you being a patron…you will not make any money, and its definitely work to prepare your home/yard for this kind of experience, but when the evening is over, you will see that your created something magical
How do you make this happen? The basic precepts are as follows: