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House Concerts (Thanks for the copy Matthew Andre, I’ll send you a fruitcake! http://www.matthewandrae.com/ Check out Matthew, he’s awesome!)
These are a blast.
Two Musicians: Rusty Crutcher and a Keyboardist for One Electrifying Performance”
How to host a House Concert
House concerts are ….intimate…easy to set up… really fun… and an amazing way to see a show!
Did you know that you could have a killer concert in your own house? Have you ever been to a concert at one of your friends put on at their house and noticed what a great time their guest had? Do you have a friend, a family member, or a company that might be interested in hosting a concert and has the perfect space to do it in? My favorite thing about house concerts is that I get to connect with my audience in a very special way. No smoke, no loud party going on next to you while you are trying to listen, no pick up lines…at least until after the show! My songs are delivered in the very best way I know how; live and intimate.
THE DETAILS- when I come to your living room, apartment, or back yard to play a House Concert, I will bring and set up a small PA system (BOSE CYLINDICAL RADIATOR PS1- the finest small PA in the World!). It’s just like a regular concert- I play two full sets of music with an intermission and then hang out after the show to sign CD’s and to get to know everyone even better. All I need from you is to gather at least 25 of your friends, family, and co-workers together at your house for an amazing show!
THE CONCERT FEE- each audience member donates $15-25 for the performance. There must be a minimum of 25 guaranteed guests at $20 per person.
TIPS FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE HOUSE CONCERT- many hosts send out emails to friends and some have started to send evites as well. One extra creative host made a CD with three of my songs and sent it to her guests.
One corporate host put three of my songs up on his company web site for his employees to easily check out (we will send you an email template when we schedule the date).
The more the merrier! 25 people are a minimum- you’ll be amazed at how many people can fit into a room (I’m from Santa Fe… I know). It’s a good idea to invite everyone e from co-workers to good friends, to neighbors, and even people that you may not talk to that often, but you know will really enjoy great music. You’ll be surprised how many people will hear about the show later and wish that they had been able to come and be a part of it.
Collect the $20 donation from each person before the evening of the show. Many hosts ask for checks to be made out to ‘Matthew Andrae’ to be mailed to their house. It’s much easier to get advance reservations than to collect the money the night of the show ( Note: on average, half of our house concert hosts have ‘charged’ their guests the ticket price, and the other half make it free to their guests and pay directly per person attending. A few have a combination of the two- charging less per ticket and making up the difference. Either way works great).
In general, the more ‘Concert Like’ the environment, the better. I suggest renting folding chairs to augment your dining room/office chairs and to create rows with aisles that face the ‘stage’. They cost about $1.00 each and really make people feel like they are at a fabulous venue.
10 small candles (tea lights are the best) go a long way to creating the perfect show ambience in your living room- especially if the show starts after the sun has gone down.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL FIT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM? – I take up approximately a 6×9 foot space.
A 12 ft. x 20 ft. room can fit 30-35 people and me!
A 14 ft. x 14 ft. room can fit 25-30 people
A 20 ft. x 18 ft. room can fit 40-45 people
A 20 ft. x 25 ft. room can fit 55-60 people.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HOUSE CONCERT
5:00 p.m. Let the fun begin! We meet and greet.
5:30 p.m. I set up PA equipment and sound check.
7:00 p.m. I disappear into a back room to prepare for the show.
7:00 p.m. The audience arrives (food and drink and social time).
8:00 p.m. You make witty introduction and I play my first set of music.
8:45 p.m. Intermission
9:00 p.m. Second set (with lots of encores!)
9:45 p.m. Rusty signs CD’s and we all hang out.