House Concert FAQ
1. What is a house concert?
A house concert is a small, intimate concert in someone’s living room where I sing songs and tell stories.
2. How many people usually come?
I’ve had anywhere from 10 to 60 people at past shows I’ve performed.
3. How much would it cost me to host one of these concerts?
That’s the great thing about hosting—usually the host doesn’t pay me anything. I would only ask you to provide a place for me to sell merchandise and to ask your guests to pay a suggested donation of $10 each (not including merchandise sales).
4. What if I don’t live in the Houston area?
I’d still love to come do a show at your house, but we would need to discuss the details. Traveling to your beautiful mountain home in Sweden to do a
concert would be a dream come true, but sadly I can’t afford the flight. This would be one of those situations where the host would have to cover travel expenses. If you’re within decent driving distance, however, I usually don’t charge.
5. What does the evening typically look like?
For the most part, however you like. It’s a party, and you’re the host. You can serve dinner, drinks, snacks, dessert, all or none of the above. I only ask that, at some point, you gather your guests into the living room to get comfortable for the show. The one potentially misleading thing about calling it a “party” is that I don’t want to play background music for mingling. My desire for a house show is to have a chance to sing my songs and tell my stories and let my music connect with you and your guests in an intimate environment. The beauty of a house concert is that it provides the musician with a captive audience, and it provides the audience with a musician who is willing to pour everything they’ve got into making it a memorable and artistic experience for everyone attending.
6. How do I book one of these concerts?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you’re not sure and you just need to ask a few questions, shoot me an email. I promise I won’t take “I’m interested” as “I want to.” You are absolutely allowed to feel out the situation with no pressure to commit.
7. What if my house isn’t big enough to host?
First off, I bet it is. I’ve done shows in tiny living rooms with only a handful of people, and those are some of my favorite shows I’ve ever performed. If you think you can fit at least ten people in your living room, then it will be worth my while to come play. I’ve also had families co-host because they found someone with plenty of space who was willing to open their home to lots of guests. There are many different ways to go about it, and I would be glad to discuss ideas with you if you’re interested in reaching out to me.