As many of you know, Jamie and I basically abandoned traditional club touring a number of years ago, and have been doing pretty much only house concerts since then (with the odd theater performance thrown into the mix). And: it’s amazing. we’ve done close to 450 house concerts since late 2011, and we’ve been constantly evolving our approaches and techniques for how to create the best possible concert experience.
It’s been paying tremendous dividends. First, house concert touring has been better for me as an artist on every measurable career level. Our community grows faster, we get more signups on the email list, we sell more stuff in our pop-up store, and we generate more income.
Perhaps more importantly, the lack of traditional audience/performer barriers allows me to make strong, deep connections with people. This isn’t an anonymous nightclub music-consumption situation; this is personal and intimate, and that reflects directly in people’s experiences. It’s incredibly enriching for me as a performer, and it seems to be similarly enriching for the people at our shows.
If you’d like to host a house concert, please get in touch. We do a huge house concert tour each summer/fall, and we’d love to do a show at your house! You can send me an email, or find me on Facebook, or get on my email list and wait for my announcement. Whatever works best for you.
If you’re an artist and you want to know how to do house concert touring for yourself, I have great news – we’ve written a comprehensive how-to book on this very topic! (The previous link is an affiliate link to Amazon; if you buy the book using this link, Amazon will give us an extra little commission, at no extra cost to you.) You can learn more about the book here. We’ve also started an online community for artists who are doing house concerts or learning how to do house concerts. Join us!
Curious what the house concerts sound like? Well, we recorded a fantastic show on the second leg of the 2015 summer house concert tour. Click the play button below and have a listen …