Who I am and What is Borrowed House Concerts?
accA number of years ago I went to my first house concert......I was instantly hooked and knew I had to do this!
What is a house concert? Well we all know what a "house" is; we all know what a "concert" is. A house concert is exactly as it sounds.....a concert IN a house! Now I'm not talking about your cousin's son's high school garage cover band, though I am sure they are very good. I'm talking about nationally/internationally vetted, touring, singer/songwriters playing in the most intimate of concert settings, someone's living room.
I live in a shoebox-sized apartment, acoustically challenged at best, not exactly suitable for the house concert experience. When I decided I wanted to do this house concert thing I needed a better "venue." So, what do we do when we have a problem? We phone our friend Joyce and ask to borrow her house! Without hesitation (or need for explanation, I might add) she said YES! And thus "Borrowed House Concerts" was born!
I'm booking five-six shows a year and now have three houses to "borrow." I bring in performers from the local Boston music scene, Nashville, Canada and beyond! I now have artists who are reaching out to me to come play for you! I pinch myself every time I think about how lucky I am to get to do this.
Here's how it works......I negotiate with some amazing folk, pop, rock, blues, Celtic artists; we set a price and a date. I borrow a house and re-arrange the furniture. YOU buy a "ticket" (donation directly to the artist), grab your favorite beverage and a snack to share and we all settle in for an experience unlike any other.
It's affordable! Donations are usually between $20-$30. We commonly use the term "ticket" when referring to your donation, because it's a word that everyone understands when they think of a concert. But this is NOT a business, this is my hobby and my passion. EVERY DOLLAR you give me for your reservation to a show is given to the artist...100%.
There's no bar chatter, no drunks yelling "play Freebird!" No tipping the bartenders and waitresses. You can take pictures, talk to the artist about their music, find out who inspires them, buy a CD and get it autographed! But best of all you are supporting some incredible artists!
There is a catch, though I prefer to think of it as more of a mystique......You don't get to know where the show is until you've paid for a ticket. All the show are located in Plaistow, NH so you do know the direction you're headed in. But to protect the privacy of my oh-so-special hosts and prevent last minute crashers that we may or may not have room for, we don't tell you exactly where until you pay.
We limit the number of shows each year. Not because I can't find people to play, there's so much talent out there! It's more so I don't wear out my welcome at my borrowed houses or wear out my audience. But most importantly it allows me to devote the time and energy each individual show, artist and guest deserve! I intend to keep this a special experience for all.
How do you get to come to a show? Well check out the schedule, find something that interests you? Drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm happy to give you all the details then. Check out the FAQ section for additional information.
Do you know an amazing artist? Are you an amazing artist who just can't wait to play for the BHC audience? Well reach out to me and let's chat! You can either message me through the "Borrowed House Concerts" on Facebook, or email me at email@example.com
Hope to see YOU soon at a BHC show!
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