what is a "house
Basically, it's kind of like a coffeehouse show, except it takes place in
your living room (or barn or patio or whatever works). Because of the
size of the room, usually no sound equipment is needed, and everyone gets
the benefit of front-row seats!
Because the "rules" are very flexible,
overhead costs are low, and the intimate setting allows for
performer/audience interaction you just can't have in most public venues,
house concerts are fast becoming a worldwide grassroots phenomenon.
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involved in hosting a kyle knapp house concert?
Since you already have your home,
there's virtually no overhead. You might spend a few bucks on
refreshments, possibly some advertising. As for what I get paid,
that's pretty negotiable. You might charge, say, a $10 cover (a
common house concert practice). Or to keep things simple we can just
"pass the hat". Or, if you're hosting a special private event and
don't want to ask guests for money, I'm willing to negotiate a flat fee.
If I have to travel far, I might ask you to reimburse my travel expenses,
but since I try to arrange house concerts in areas where I already have
travel plans, it's usually not an issue. A meal and a place to sleep
for the night are always appreciated too.
You treat your guests to a
one-of-a-kind up-close & personal live music experience. We all
enjoy an intimate, interactive evening in each other's company.
These are always a lot of fun, and there can be something very special,
even blessed, about sharing music and stories in a place where we
can actually touch each other.
- who to
That's up to you. You can invite friends and neighbors, or you and your
regular circle can have me all to yourselves, or you can open the event to
the public and charge admission, whatever works. Some prefer such
gatherings to be "adults only", to keep distractions at a minimum, others
enjoy a "family" atmosphere, complete with the occasional fussing baby and
kids running amok. I love kids, so I'm fine either way. When
considering your guestlist, however, keep in mind that I don't do
"background music" for parties and such - be sure you invite
people who want to listen!
- how long:
This is also (surprise!)
negotiable. My initial recommendation would be to do two 35-40
minute sets with a break in between. To do this you'd have to allow
for 2-3 hours (possibly more if you have food), so if it's a weeknight,
and your friends are morning people, we might want to make it a little
shorter. Again, whatever works.
Often the host will provide
coffee and cookies, or wine & cheese, or whatever helps to set the mood
you like. Sometimes guests are invited to bring snacks & drinks to
share. Some folks prefer to start early and have a full potluck
dinner (sounds good to me!) Might be a good time to try out
that new recipe! As for me, I'll eat almost anything!
- space and
Depending on the size of your
living room and number of people you expect, you might want to stuff your
sofa and La-Z-Boy in the attic and set up folding chairs instead.
Again, whatever works. Just be considerate of the needs of your
expected guests. Be sure and set aside a "stage" space for me - I
don't need much, and I don't mind people sitting close. Often
younger people will sit on the floor near the front. (If we're in
some kind of larger hall, rather than your living room, we might need
additional space to set up a PA system.) I'll also need a small
table or some counter space to display and sell my CDs.s.
If you'd like to open your
event to the community, you can find photos, downloadable flyers, a sample
release, etc on my booking page. If you like, I'll email you a
printable flyer (like this
one). Just let me know what you need and we'll try and work it
out. I'll also (unless you object) send an announcement to my email
list and list the event in my online calendar.
of the above is for living room concerts, but we can work with a wide
variety of settings: back yard, garage, hay loft, church basement,
community center, your place of business, around a campfire...
are find with me, I love animals (as long as they don't eat my shoes).
- book me:
email@example.com and let's talk about it