You say you wish I could come out to your place
and sing for you? Guess what? I can!
One of the coolest and fastest-growing ways
to enjoy music is to host a house concert. This is exactly what it sounds
like: an intimate concert for you and 15-50 of your friends. Just like
hosting a party, really -- except that, instead of everyone standing around
waiting for the good hors-douvres or talking about which movies
you haven't gotten to see yet, you get a concert by yours truly. I come
to your house, and sing for a couple of hours right in your living room.
No fighting traffic or parking, no standing in line, no expensive munchies
(unless you provide 'em), no convention scheduling conflicts....
What You Provide
- A smoke-free, pet-free space for 15-50 people
- You'd be surprised at how many you can
fit into your living room, basement, or den. If you don't have enough
chairs, you might be able to borrow some from your church or work,
or rent them through a party-supply store (the kind that sells balloons
and paper hats). In good weather, we can even do it outside, although
the acoustics are somewhat lacking. ;)
- Local advertising, i.e., tell your friends,
and maybe put up or distribute a flyer (I'll have an example up here
- Many house concert hosts send invitations
in advance to friends and neighbors. Sometimes they ask for RSVPs,
or even that tickets be bought in advance (some go as far as to
set up special PayPal accounts). You can also choose to open up
your house concert to the public, and even advertise it through
local radio and newspapers. It's up to you. It works best when the
host (you) is enthusiastic -- enthusiasm spreads.
- A suggested donation of $10-15 per person
- The "suggested donation" is
my base fee for coming to play for you. The wording is to avoid
problems with running commercial functions at private houses; it's
exactly the same as an admission charge or ticket price, just not
- I'm available for concerts in Michigan,
Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. If you are farther away,
contact me; we'll talk.
- It's up to you as to whether you want
to pay the entire fee yourself or charge admission.
- If you do charge admission, you also
might want to allow $5 for kids and $20-30 for families.
- Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
- The out-of-pocket expenses for refreshments
are pretty much precisely what they'd be for throwing a small party.
(A general reminder of Murphy's Law: USE PAPER PLATES AND PLASTIC
CUPS! If you use something good, it will break.) By all means,
set up a jar for donations to the snack fund -- heck, even make
it a potluck!
- A small table or counter to display and
sell my CDs
- A spare bed or couch in a smoke-free, pet-free
What I Provide
- A cozy performance for you and your friends,
two hour-long sets with a break between, plus shmoozing, silliness,
- A free CD and a recording of the concert for the host
- Everyone in attendance gets $1.00 off every
CD or CD-R
If you're interested, you should reserve a
date. This calendar lists my current gigs,
travel days, and days when I'm specifically not available; anything else
is fair game. E-mail me to reserve
Usually I do an all-comedy concert, but I don't
have to stick to that. This is your concert. If you want me to
sing something specific (and I don't just mean my songs -- I'll try to
sing anything you want, but it works better if I know it), give me some
advance notice. The only songs I won't do are those involving duet singing
(to paraphrase Anna Russell, my duet singing isn't what it used to be)
-- e.g., "Heat of the Blood" is right out. ;)
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