Hosting a House Concert is an intimate way to experience my music.
A perennial tradition, a House Concert is a gathering of friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy live music in your living room, garage or garden. House concerts range in size from 15-100 people. Here’s how to become a host in a few simple steps.
First, decide on your concert space. Living rooms are the number one choice, though we’ve played in gardens, galleries, basements, studios and garages. Select a space where guests and musicians will be most comfortable. Shelter from the elements and electricity are the main considerations and the size of the space will determine the number of guests.
Second, select a date and time. I’ll help you! House concerts often only last 2-3 hours, so if a show starts at 6, folks can be heading home by 8 or 9. Weekdays or Sundays are favorites.
Third, Refreshments. Many hosts enjoy having a potluck feast before or after the show. Some hosts brew coffee and tea. Some prefer to keep the focus on the music. All I ask is that guests refrain from talking during the show and never smoke anywhere near me.
Fourth, Invitations! Invite as many guests as possible, given your space. Invite more than you can handle, because some folks will already have plans. Paper invitations are wonderful, but facebook, email and telephone calls work really great this day in age. In the invitations, let your guests know what to expect:
House Concert With Steve Itterly!
Date and Time
Address of the Show
Potluck or Bring Your Own Drinks (up to you)
Bring a chair or pillow (if necessary, given your setup)
Donations will be collected to support the musicians (suggested $10-15 per person)
I strive to make my concerts so that anyone can host or attend one, so I suggest that guests offer donations based on their life situation. All are welcome, even if they are unemployed. I will make a donations announcement after each set (unless the host would like to make it). Alternatively, some hosts prefer to pay a flat fee and treat all their friends to the gift of an evening of music. Just let me know if that works better for you.
I will arrive two hours before show time, to set up the sound system and instruments.
I usually play two 45 minute sets with a fifteen minute intermission. I can handle all sound amplification requirements so the host can relax and enjoy the evening.
By hosting a House Concert you are supporting The Art of Song, opening your home to 100% original music and bringing a unique experience to the lives of all those who attend! The magic of sharing music leads to lasting memories and lifelong friendships.
When you’re ready to become a host, please contact me and we’ll help you to figure out the details. I absolutely love house concerts and look forward to bringing my show to your home!