So You Want To Host A House Concert

Angela’s basement show, February 2012.

Hello! I’ve recently found myself typing up and sending this same information to a lot of people. Here are the nitty-gritty requirements for an “ideal house show” for the Doubleclicks. If you are interested in doing this or have any questions, please e-mail Angela at, or leave a comment below – I’d love to have a public FAQ on this topic – what are you wondering?

Think about a house concert as a potluck with entertainment. Is your house big enough to host a potluck or movie night for 15, 25, or 30 friends? You may be surprised how many people fit in a small living room, artist’s loft, or back yard. Chances are:you can host a house show. We love house shows, and find them to often be much more fun, personal and well-attended than coffeehouse shows.

Requirements (business-wise): This can vary a lot. If we are looking for house shows to fill a spot on tour, and it will be open to the public and attendees will be paying, we will need space to fit 20-30 people. If this is a private event, prices vary on location, size and situation and you can contact us to get information.

Getting Guests For Public Shows: We’ve found that most house concert attendees are friends of the host, even if we do open the show to the public with an “RSVP for the address” post on our website. To invite your friends, you can use individual e-mails, a private or public Facebook event, or “Evite” – or whatever organization system you are most comfortable with. We can help with this. We will make sure that attendees are courteous people and that there are no privacy issues –  your address should not be posted anywhere. We’ve never had a problem with this.

Seattle House Show, Fall 2011.

Schedule: The evening typically looks like this: 7pm: guests start arriving and hanging out. 8pm Music starts. Then, depending on the mood/if there is a potcluck either 8-9 music or 8-10 music with a break.

Logistics: We can play in a living room or a back yard, or anything in between. You can ask people to bring folding chairs, or sit on a floor. We have a mini PA we will bring if we are driving – our music will not be loud, just loud enough for folks to head and understand us. The host can choose whether to provide snacks and drinks, and/or to ask guests to bring a dish for a potluck. It’s up to your preferences and your friends’ tastes!

Thanks for reading! E-mail me with any questions!

Frequently Asked Questions about house concerts:

(email or post a comment below to add questions to this):

What if I have pets? Are you allergic to cats? My dog will just hang out, that’s cool, right? Unfortunately, many people are allergic to kitties, so if you do have a cat, event if it stays in just one room and your house is very clean – you should definitely let us know. If you have a dog, even a tiny one, you should make a plan to send it to a friend’s for the evening or keep it in a different room during the show. Even the best-behaved dogs are generally not so very good audience members and can be really distracting to us and the audience.

What should my e-mail invitations say? We’ve written a couple sample e-mails for tour/public shows to help you phrase yours to your friends & the public. Check those out and modify as desired.

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