Music

Gig in England

Michael loves the intimacy of a house concert. Here is the summary of what such a concert involves:

 

What is a house concert?

It's an invitation-only concert in someone's home, presented by a host who does not profit profit from the event. Also, house concerts are usually...

 

     - held indoors weekends or weekdays

     - attended by 20-25 people

     - paid for by a $10-20 donation by the guests (for the performer)

     - known to 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

     - attended by the 25-60 age group

     - performed by solos, duos and small groups

     - performed with little to no amplification

     - very intimate - the audience sits close and is very attentive

     - performed in two 40 minute sets with a 20 minute break in between

     - stronger for artist merchandise sales than traditional venues

     - booked with or without a financial guarantee (can vary by host and by artists)

     - known to house and feed the artist for the night

 

Although house concerts will generally adhere to most of these traditions, you may not find any house concerts that run exactly according to the list above. Each house concert is a collaboration between the artist, a host/presenter, and their friends and supporters. Actually, this is a great checklist to go through when artists are working out details with a house concert host. Some surprises are nice; others aren't. It's a good habit to ask questions, and don't be shy!