Musicians House Party Utne Reader

Musicians House Party Utne Reader - House Concert Craze...

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House Concert Craze July / August 2005 By Julie Simmons, Harp The future of entertainment is in your living room We'll put the living-room table in the garage but keep the couch and chairs in here for seating," my husband, Patrick, suggests. I nod and simultaneously imagine how the carpet dimples created by the table and chairs will soon share company with new impressions from a microphone stand and a drum kit. We are preparing to host our first house concert. It's hardly a new concept, but it's gaining momentum. According to the do-it-yourself Web site , residential live shows are now taking place in 36 states as frequently as once a week before crowds of 30 to 125 guests. Besides appealing to fledgling artists, these private venues also appeal to well-known performers like Tim Easton, Jeff Tweedy, M Ward, and Lucinda Williams. "I prefer playing at homes because there's no stage, so there's no distance between our audience and ourselves," says Two Gallants' singer-songwriter Adam Stephens. "It's cool because I'll be playing guitar and actually bumping into sweaty bodies and elbows right beside me." In addition to giving musicians a chance to perform close to a devoted listening audience, house concerts can
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course ARTM 360 taught by Professor Wentworth during the Fall '09 term at CofC.

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