What is a House Concert?

A house concert is a musical performance that is presented in a private space. Typically, these types of venues are someone’s homer apartment but they can be any private space such as a barn, a lawn or backyard or even a rec room at an apartment complex. The audience at a house concert depends on the capacity of the space but is usually smaller then at a coffeehouse or club. Although some spaces have the capacity for a large number of people, the typical House Concert, held in some one’s living room, usually has an audience of about two dozen friends and neighbors.

These types of shows are usually conducted by invitation only and promoted by social media like Twitter or Facebook or word of mouth. Tickets are not sold in advance but “donations” in the form of cash are collected at the show. Often times the money goes straight to the performer but sometimes the purpose of the show is to collect money to pay for rent.

Traditionally, there is little or no sound system, so performers may play and sing acoustically, or perform or act without a microphone. Other times a small PA system might be used. The musicians “use just enough equipment to make for a complete experience without being too loud for the neighbors.”

Refreshments, if any, are usually either a “pot luck” brought by the listeners, or provided by the hosts using a bit of the gate receipts. Sometimes, the performers get a meal and/or lodging with the presenters as part of their compensation.