House Concert Guide
Thank you for your interest in hosting a house concert! House concerts are by far the most fun, intimate, rewarding and memorable events that I have ever experienced. As a longtime professional singer/songwriter, I cherish the opportunity to bring my songs and stories to a roomful of new friends.
In the following paragraphs we will address the highlights of a house concert :
What is a House Concert?
Audience and Invitations
One final thing to mention is that we always appreciate a place to stay and a meal. A spare bedroom or a comfy couch is most welcome, but not a requirement to have a house concert.
What is a House Concert?
A house concert is a live musical performance in a living room, den, garage, backyard or any space that will accommodate a minimum of 15 or more people. The single requirement is that the area be able to seat everyone in the same space during the concert. You would be surprised how many folks can sit in a room once you move a table or two.
There is a suggested donation for the performer (usually $20 per person) and you can provide snacks and drinks or encourage guests to bring and share. I prefer to use minimal or no amplification of sound depending on the location. I want to do everything possible to make the evening more up close and intimate.
I recommend setting a goal of 15 plus guests. Not only does this create magic in a room full of folks sharing the same performance experience, it makes it financially viable for me to share my music with you.
I suggest you set a goal and invite double the number you would like to have. Text and email work great for invitations, as well as sites such as evite.com.
I strongly suggest that you take RSVPs. People come when they commit and you can have a better plan. For my part, I normally promote the show (if the host desires) by putting it on my performance calendar on my web page with the host’s email for reservations.
Please feel free to copy paste the below sample invitation to send to your friends and neighbors!
Please join us for a very special event- A House Concert with Randy Palmer!
Date: DAY, MONTH DAY, YEAR
Door Time: 0:00 PM
Show Time: 0:00 PM
Suggested Donation of $20 (cash and online payments accepted)
Please RSVP or send any questions to YOUR EMAIL by RSVP DATE to join us!
Amarillo,TX based singer songwriter, Randy Palmer, will be sharing his stories and songs with us. Randy is a two time finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting competition. His folk/americana/country songs weave stories around everyday lives and people. He has just completed his 4th studio album. You can check out his music and videos at https://randypalmermusic.com/home.
This will be an evening of live music in our LOCATION (e.g. living room, backyard, etc.)- intimate and personal. Your suggested donation goes directly to the performer, supporting grassroots music and unique artists.
We will provide some snacks and drinks. Feel free to bring something to share if you like.
(COVID POLICIES- This is space to address the current Covid situation in your location and at the time of your show. Randy will reach out to you to discuss!)
Please email to reserve your seats. Feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and family. Anyone interested in attending should contact us for reservations. We hope to see you here!
The Day of the Show
The RSVPs are in and it's show time! I will arrive early, set up sound equipment (if necessary), help with seating, and anything else you might need. The evening usually follows this pattern: Mingle, First set of Music, Break, Second Music Set, and Goodnight.
I ask that the host or designated person introduce me at the beginning of each set and remind the audience that this is a donation based concert. We have learned that the success of the evening is tied to the enthusiasm of the host.
Here’s a sample host announcement:
“Thank you for coming! My hope is that you are enjoying tonight as much as I am. Let me remind you this is a donation based concert. Your donations directly support Randy and Ann. I am going to leave this bowl right here and encourage you to give generously, Thank You!”
I appreciate your consideration. If you have comments or questions, please contact me by text, phone, or email.