You can have Laura perform right in your own home!
House concerts are an intimate, memorable and meaningful way to experience live music.
Here's how it typically works:
- The host and musicians will agree on a date and time for the concert, and then the host can invite whoever and however many people they are comfortable having in their home. It's important to ask for RSVPs so that you have an idea of how many people will be attending (the idea of this is for it to be an actual concert, not a party with background music). Since the size of the room and the amount of seating will be factors in determining how many people the host invites, we are open to performing for crowds of any size. Typically, however, 15-25 people is an optimum head count for weekend concerts (of course, the more the merrier, if you have the space!), but a smaller group is fine for weeknight concerts.
- There are no tickets involved, but audience members are encouraged to make a suggested donation at the concert (typically $20), which goes directly to the musicians. Guests should be made aware of this when invited. The host does not need to pay a fee to the musicians.
- We will have our merchandise (CDs, DVDs, etc) for sale at the concert.
- The host can serve snacks and drinks if they wish, or they can even make it a potluck event. However, it is totally up to the host to decide whether or not to have food, and it's certainly not required. This should be an enjoyable evening for the host, not a stressful one!
If you've never hosted a house concert before and you like the idea, or even if you're unsure, you have all the more reason to try it out - you may find that you love it so much that you'll want to host concerts more often, and it's a wonderful way to support the arts and to keep music alive in your community!
Here's why we love house concerts, and why they are beneficial for everyone involved...
- In this day and age, even though we have more communication devices than ever before, people are becoming more disconnected physically from each other, and more disconnected from performing artists because instead of going out to hear a live performance, people are more inclined to stay at home and watch something on their TV, phone, tablet, etc. (or even if they are at a live performance, they are more likely to be distracted because of their phone). House concerts are a return back to real human connections, a mutual respect between the audience and performers and the awareness of the relationship between them (e.g. an attentive and appreciative audience allows the musicians to feel more comfortable onstage and to perform at their best, and at the same time, the musicians can help the audience enjoy the music even more by sharing information and stories about what they're playing, especially if it's original music that might not be familiar to the audience)
- House concerts are a chance for the host and audience to discover new music and experience it in a cozy and intimate setting without the distractions that a noisy venue typically has. And instead of sitting far away from the performer and hearing only the amplified sound, you're sitting right up close to the musicians in a living room, where the music is completely acoustic and you can listen to the real sound of the instruments.
- For us as musicians, the opportunity to share our music with a new audience is invaluable to our livelihood. It means meeting people who can potentially become lifelong listeners of our music, it could mean opening up someone's ears to a style of music they didn't even know they enjoyed, and ultimately, the more listeners we have, the longer we can continue to do what we love for a living!
Concert at Oak Mountain Hideaway in Frenchville, PA
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