If you and 10 or 20 of your closest friends love original music, then you need to look into having a house concert.
A house concert takes your get-together and turns it into a social event, simply by adding a local or touring artist to insert one or two 45-minute sets of music.
And how does one convince a musician to play a set of music in a house? Compensate. A normal donation is around $20 a person, depending on the economy at the time.
The show host makes sure that everyone who is invited knows the expectation to donate to the artist's tip jar and to support the performer financially. Often a host will also provide a meal or two and even a place for the artist to stay for the night. And sometimes hosts will guarantee a set amount of money to pay, thus negating the need to ask attendees to tip.
"It really added a new element to entertaining at home!"
~ K. Coughlin, Fort Myers, Florida
How do I do it?
A house concert is merely an addition to your regularly scheduled get-together, but there are a couple of points that should be followed to be completely successful for all involved.
Number one is to make sure that everybody knows when to gather and be seated for the show to start.
Once the show starts, all attention should be given the performers. Having folks milling around, talking, grinding coffee beans, etc., is a definite buzzkill for the event. You want to present an environment where you can hear the artist easily.
"[Raggedy Edge was] not only very talented, but also very personable."
~ H. McEllistrem, Madison, WI
You want a performer who does original music, someone who can provide websites and YouTube pages of examples of their performances in order to entice folks to attend.
Food and drink are often a part of house concerts, but this is up to the host. You could have a coffee and dessert show, finger food, or a full-blown multi-course meal to set out an hour or so before the show is to start. It's up to you.
Have your artist(s) come early, before guests arrive so they can set up. Since house shows tend toward solo and duo performers, not a lot of space is necessary.
"...it made the night unique and a true experience. Thank you!"
~ T. Thurley, Charlotte, NC
Raggedy Edge has helped
put together house concerts in Ohio, Virginia, Florida (4), New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina (2), Tennessee and Mississippi. And we're glad to help you set up and run one in your home, wherever it is.