WHAT’S A HOUSE CONCERT?
A house concert is a privately hosted musical performance in or around a home as opposed to a public venue (like a bar or coffeehouse), which gives you a give a chance to see performers in a more casual, intimate setting.
HOW DO I GET A TICKET?
Well, you don’t. We don’t sell tickets – each show has a suggested minimum donation, and 100% of donations for a show go to the artist performing.
SO THEN HOW CAN I ATTEND?
These are private events, which means attendance is by invitation only, but if you got this far and want to be invited, we want you to join us! Submit your email address over there on the right and you’ll hear about all our events. When you want to attend, just RSVP for an event. The address of a house show is never posted to the public; only confirmed guests actually know where we’ll be. If you’ve been confirmed as a guest and are moved to donate to the artist before the event, you’re more than welcome to do so.
Legal stuff: Please keep in mind that if you donate in advance or at the show, your donation is non-refundable. It is not a ticket. It is a freewill offering and not a direct exchange for goods or services. All event donations go directly to the artist immediately after each show.
HOW BIG IS A HOUSE CONCERT?
Depending on the available space and the comfort level of the host, house concerts range quite a bit in size and scope. It may be 20 people in a living room or 100 people in a backyard. We tend to have between 30-60 people and choose the home based partially on the expected draw so we can provide a great experience (and view) for everyone. Because of the limited capacity, house concerts require a very good idea of how many people are coming so as not to over-stuff the performance space or turn people away. If we’re at capacity for an event, we’ll start a waiting list.
House shows tend to make strangers into friends pretty quickly, if you’re into that kind of thing. We provide drinks and snacks and time to mingle. Please try to arrive within 20 minutes of the posted door time to give yourself a chance to get a drink, freshen up, etc. before the music gets going. The show will begin 30 minutes after doors open, and we’d like to keep interruptions to an absolute minimum.
Settle down wherever you can find a comfortable nook for yourself, then the music begins. Our shows will be largely acoustic in nature given the size of our performance space, with a small PA when needed.
Please note: this is a house concert, not a house party. Attention and respect for the performer is expected.
Schedule permitting, we’ll hang out for a little while after the show, usually with the performers joining the conversation as well. Artists may also bring merchandise (CDs, shirts, etc) for sale if you want to take away a memory of the evening and further support the artists.
IS THERE SOME WAY I CAN HELP WITH THE SHOW?
Sometimes we’ll ask for volunteers to help sell merchandise or other set-up needs, so just let us know if you’re interested in lending a hand.
And there’s no harm in guests pitching in for the party – if you would like to make a donation to support Folk All Y’all in hosting these great events, go over here.
WHAT IF I SAY I’M COMING BUT THEN I CAN’T?
Please let us know if you have to revoke your RSVP. Seriously. We appreciate as much notice as possible so we can fill your spot, but even an email at the start time is better than nothing at all (we do actually wait to start if it seems like people are missing). If you miss a show without telling us, you’re on invitation probation. If you miss two without notice, you’ll be removed from the invitation list for future events. (And if you repeatedly say you’re coming and repeatedly cancel, you may want to consider a donation just to be nice.)
Whether or not an event is kid-friendly depends largely on the kid. If your child can sit quietly for two hours and enjoy the performance, they’re welcome. If you think s/he is and s/he turns out not to be, please have an escape plan.