HOST A HOUSE SHOW
Hold up, what even is a house show anyway?
a house show is, yes, a show in your house! It is a unique gathering of your awesome friends in your living room or maybe your backyard for an evening of food, music, community, and conversation. Whether amplified or unplugged, every house show is laid-back, intimate, engaging, and an all around sweet time.
Guest List: who can come? that is completely up to you! it is your house and your space. if you want it to be a private event and only invite specific people, great! if you want to make it a public event and don't mind meeting new strangers, that's cool, too. either way we can tag-team promotion together and figure out what is most comfortable for you.
Size: I'd like to have a house show, but I feel like my house is too small. No worries! If you're okay with cozier space, we can fit. There's always a way to make something work.
Show Time: the start and end time of the show is up to you as well, though it is always good to give enough time for guests to get settled in. a normal start and end might be 7:00 doors, 7:30 show. and if it's a weeknight (or weekend) and you are a grandma (like me), we can even end on the earlier side so we can all go to bed at a reasonable hour.
The Real Reason Why People Come (just kidding): some hosts provide light snacks and drinks for their house shows. this is not required, but is an added bonus, and who are we kidding, everyone loves the munchies. especially if it's free. you're also more than welcome to turn it into a potluck and ask your friends if they would be willing to pitch in some food.
Love Your Neighbor: our music is not in the hardcore punk genre so it does not get very loud, but it is always a good idea (indoor or outdoor) to let your neighbors know of the potential music coming from your house so they are aware of what is going on. parking can get overcrowded as well, so letting them know about this is good, too. and hey, invite them to the house show! they may enjoy it just as much as you do.
Lodging: here is another bonus, but not required. while on tour and/or traveling out to see you, we will eventually need a place to crash overnight. we get to spend quality time with you and that means sleeping on your floor and couch and eating your food! in all seriousness though, some of the best times we have had has been while building friendships with hosts of house shows in different cities and towns and it is truly so special. but again, if we need to play and then get out of your space, that is all good! no pressure.
Business Matters: As you may understand, we human beings have to buy groceries and pay for gas to get to places. We love to make music, but we also need to make rent. There are a few options for how this can work with house shows. One - a suggested $10 donation basket. This allows guests the flexibility to donate rather than a set ticket price. Two - a cover charge (ticket). The price for a ticket depends on the capacity of your space and the estimated amount of people that will be there. Three - if you, as the host, would rather cover all expenses and provide a free show for your friends and guests, we can work out a reasonable compensation and invoice you personally. But let's get the conversation going, and work something out!
What does the artist expect from a house show? We love and appreciate a listening room atmosphere. It definitely creates a really special space. We can definitely make time for socializing before and after the show, but while we play and enjoy music together, we take it as a sign of respect and support to us if there's minimal noise.
SO YOU STILL WANT TO HOST A HOUSE SHOW? HOORAY.
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