What is a House Concert?
Simply put, a house concert is an invitation-only music performance in someone’s home, presented by a host who does not profit from the event. Traditionally, artists are paid by a suggested donation ($10-20) requested of each attendee.
Why are house concerts so enriching and fun?
For fans, it’s an opportunity to hear music in a super-intimate, and often remarkable setting.
People are friendly, artists are engaging and accessible, and sometimes the food and ambience are sublime.
For musicians, it’s a night away from the bars, or a chance to get up close to the audience – to see and hear the reactions that are often obscured by big stages and blinding spotlights.
Most house concerts are:
Attended by 15-50 people
Attendee donations pay the performer.
May include light snacks, beverages or a pot-luck dinner *
Attended by the host’s friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe a few fans of the artist
Performed by solo acts, duos and small groups
Performed with a very small sound system or no amplification. Artists usually bring what they need.
Intimate — audiences sit close and are attentive
Stronger for artist merchandise sales than traditional venues
Willing to house and feed the artist for the night
*Put on inexpensively. Hosts spend from $50 – $125 on food and beverage