House concerts are our favorite type of show. On tour and close to home, we try to fill our schedule up with as many house concerts as possible. A house concert is cozy, intimate, and a great opportunity for us to connect with new fans. They’re the best.
It’s in the name! A House Concert is a concert… in someone’s house. It usually involves: a living room, your friends, some couches, maybe some seats, space on the floor for people to sit, snacks, and music! Of course, there’s got to be music! That’s the part we’re good for.
Would you like to host one? You probably have a few questions. Like…
WHAT IF MY HOUSE ISN’T VERY BIG?
Not a problem. Cozy is great. A small living room will suffice.
HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOULD COME?
Hey, absolutely no pressure to get hundreds of people to cram into your living room! We’ve played house shows as small as 15 people, and as large as 50 people. The great thing about house shows is they give fans an opportunity to see us in a small, intimate setting. All we ask is that you send out a Facebook invite, and/or personal invites to your friends, and get some good quality people to hear us play!
DO YOU WANT ANY MONEY FROM ME?
Nope! The house concert shouldn’t cost the host a penny. (Except for any snacks/drinks you’re willing to purchase for your guests). We do not charge any sort of booking fee for house concerts. House concerts are funded by donations from your guests. This means, as a host, you can put a basket by the door or “pass the hat” during our performance. We do ask that you encourage your guests to donate, as donations support our efforts greatly. So, you can interrupt our concert for a minute to make sure folks know there is a basket/jar by the door OR you can pass that basket around to them during the show. You can encourage a price point, as well. Typically the suggested donation averages $10, but some hosts will encourage more.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT STRANGERS COMING OVER?
No problem! The event can stay perfectly private. Your Facebook event can be set as “Private”, and we will not invite fans via our website or emails, if you’d like the event to remain private. We will add “Private House Show” to our schedule, and if a fan asks if they can come, we will ask your permission first!
HOW DO WE SET THIS UP?
Shoot us an email and we can discuss a date for the concert. Then, we can chat more about details. For example: What time you’d like guests to arrive? What time you’d like the music to start? Then, you can create a Facebook event and send it to your friends. You can encourage them to BYOB or bring food, if you want. The rule of thumb is to not stress over the show too much. Think of it as a party with your friends that will include a concert!
HOW LONG WILL THE CONCERT BE?
We can play our music for either 1 or 1.5 hours. It’s up to you how much you want to hear.
WHAT DO YOU GUYS WANT OUT OF THIS EVENT, ASH & ERIC?
We loooooooooove intimate concert settings. So often on tour, we play in bars or clubs where people don’t listen, or talk loudly over the music… It’s such a drag! We want to be able to engage in a setting where we have time to talk about our music and let fans really engage with us as people. House concerts are amazing for this type of experience, and they are part of what builds us up as artists and keeps us loving what we do!
SOUNDS SUPER AWESOME! WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE IT HAPPEN??
Shoot us an email at email@example.com. We can chat about dates, and answer any other questions you might have about a house concert. No matter if you live far away from us or just in Worcester, Mass – we want to make this happen at YOUR house!