|Hanging out the the gang post the SFO house concert|
One of the coolest and largely untapped options for bands (and singer-songwriters in particular) are house concerts. This is mainly a concept from the West and barring a few sporadic concerts in the country, the concept still hasn't quite gained as much popularity in India. What I like best about house concerts is it's D-I-Y approach. As an artist if you want your music to reach out to people in new cities, you don't need to rely on venues for getting a gig..set it up yourself and just go play! Read on to learn more house concerts and how to set up your own..
What's a house concert?A house concert - (the name is quite self explanatory really) is a concert in someone's house. The "someone" could be a friend/an acquaintance or just a fan that loves your music.
At these concerts the people that attend, come exclusively to listen to you. It provides a more intimate setting for your music. I would highly recommend this setting for singer-songwriters that like a conversational format to their performance and whose sound setup is simple.
How does it work?
|Matthew and Sam buying CD's at the SFO house concert|
Sound and gear is generally brought by the artist or friends (or hired if you don't have a choice). Light snacks and refreshments are provided by the host/artist or you could have a potluck format where everyone can bring food to share after the concert and have your own after-party. Entry to these concerts is mostly free and concerts are promoted on social media groups and by e-mail. At these concerts, the artist typically makes money from the sale of CD’s and merchandise and donations from the audiences.
My U.S. house concert experiences in pictures
|At the house concert at aunt Meera's(in green jacket)|
We had a stage by the pool, a minimal sound setup and drinks and snacks for the guests. A CD corner and guest book was setup on the side. We even had a little stall with a few kids selling lemonade and energy bars to raise funds for Nepal. Thanks Meera and everyone that came!
|Performing my set at the stage near the pool|
|Me with Sonia Rao, an L.A. based artist|
|Casper the doggie welcoming guests|
|Old friends and new|
|Arjun and Mythili|
|Abhishek and his beautiful family|
|Meera and me with Casper|
My next house concert was in Portland, Oregon. This was an example of a house concert where I didn't know my host earlier but reached out to them via the internet.
|Group hug- Deva, Bruce and Mary-Ann|
I was introduced to my host Deva Gordon (leftmost in the picture) by another lovely generous Portlandier I reached out to online, Bruce Bartlett(center). I hosted a workshop at Bruce's earlier in May and he suggested we do the concert at his friend Deva's home. He asked Deva and she warmly agreed to be host for the evening. So here we were, doing my first house concert in Portland, U.S.A!
|Deva's lavender home|
|Setting up the CD display and guest book|
|Setting up the stage|
|Lets get this show started|
We had asked the guests to get some food to share with the others. My sister got olives, some cheese and orange juice and Deva made some chia and coconut pudding .
We took a break after the first set to interact with the guests and get some food into our hungry bellies!
|After eating Deva's yummy chia pudding|
|Playing my second set|
|Albert and his friend|
|Thanking everyone that came and posing for group pictures post the gig|
|My sister and me|
I'll be back next year USA.
Thank you for having me. It's been an honour.