House Concerts: a brief history
In today's Folk-Americana market, there are far more quality musicians than well-paying venues – particularly in the United States. Perhaps as a response to this conundrum, an emerging network of home-grown house concerts have maintained their presence despite the bleak landscape. The approach can also be seen as a harkening back to the domestically-generated entertainment of the early 19oos, when neighbors, friends and the like-minded gathered for singing, dancing, and drinking among the parlor room and its obligatory piano – the most commonly played and appreciated instrument of the era.
By transforming one's living room, den, or back porch into an unplugged listening space, both the presenter and audeince are liberated of the stress associated with paying clubs:
No need for a sound engineer (a solid sound person is a blessing, but they're not always necessary); evocative mood lighting achieved through strategic lamp treatments, perhaps accentuated with candles ringing the perimeter. A robust, reliable attendance is assured predominantly through the host's network of friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others seeking a unique listening experience. The parking, hassle-free and usually meter-free, as it's next to a private home, beside a public street. (Unless you're really creative, you probably won't get towed). The food, wide-ranging; savory and sweet, often shared as a potluck. The wine, beer, and spirit options, more affordable than any bar, of any sort, anywhere…
All donations (not “fees," per-se) are payed to the artists directly, creating a pay scale rarely seen in the music circuit where smaller venues, who have bills, fees, and staff to pay, tend to consume 25-30% of the door.
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