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More House Concert Adventures.

January 15th, 2009 | No Comments | Categories: Gig stuff · Music News |

Steve Lawson with Owen Biddle at a house concert in PhiladelphiaOne of the magical things about house concerts is just how quickly they can be put together. Because there’s no ‘press’ involved, no promotional deadlines to hit, emails can be sent out to friends as soon as the gig is decided on, and an audience can be rustled up in about 2-3 weeks.

Which is exactly what happened to us for Philadelphia. Linda Mills sent me a message on Twitter just before Christmas saying ‘what would it take for you to come to Philadelphia?’ – we swapped Tweets, then emails, and it was booked! Because of Philly’s proximity to New York and New Jersey, a lot of the other twitter and social media friends in the area were up for making the trip, some musician friends were emailed, and a plot was hatched.

The date was picked because it was the day before Lo and I were going to be giving a looping masterclass at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh anyway, so we’d be out and about, and needed to have a car rented for that weekend anyway.

And once again, we were in the now-familiar situation of turning online friends into real friends, getting guided tours of cool cities, and introducing another room full of lovely people on to the delights of house concerts. (and posing for bizarre pics with lovely audience members/friends at the end, like the one above)

The gig went so well – the PA was put together from bits borrowed from Lo’s brother and from the drummer from her old band, Kevin Quickle. So the sound was fab. And Linda’s house has a through-lounge, meaning that we could do the fairly common L-shape set up, with a lovely assortment of sofas and chairs and cushions for people to sit on.

As a reference for how well house concerts work, we sold more than one album-per-person at the gig, including Lo’s first foray into selling her entire back catalogue + rarities on a 1gig memory stick. Definitely something we’ll be exploring further in the near future!

Being an audience largely drawn from the world of social media, the amount of fab technology on show was amazing, from great cameras, to Macs streaming the gig live to Ustream, two Nokia N95s taking pics and video, iPhones tweeting and twit-picking… Welcome to the future; blink and we’ll be onto something new.

We now can’t WAIT for the 3 more house concerts we’ve got in Northern California on the 22nd,23rd and 24th January – it’s going to be a LOT of fun. 🙂

..But before that, it’s NAMM, which starts tomorrow. Except for the ‘social media for musicians‘ session that I’m doing tonight. If that counts as NAMM for me, we start in about 2 hours!

…Oh, and one more thing – if you want the definitive explanation on how looping works, just watch the video below, from the Philly show:

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  • paddy

    hey steve, good to hear you’re having properous and fun times!

    i thought your based was ruined by BA?

  • steve

    Hi Paddy,

    the bass has a crack that runs from the edge of the neck down to the jack socket, right the way through the top… it’s playable, but massively damaged.

    I spoke to Modulus yesterday, and they’re going to fix it up. Yay! 🙂

  • Bobbie Gardner

    Where can I get one of these large thumbed chinchillas you speak of?


  • PurpleCar

    Fun times! Will send you my photos and video soon. Thanks so much for coming, it was EPIC to meet you.

  • LEMills

    Steve and Lobelia, thanks *again* for sliding your way across the state and helping to get so many wonderful people together for a lovely evening.

    Glad to hear the bass will be on the mend soon. Pebbles is keeping an eye on the chinchillas, awaiting an encore. -L.

  • Jim

    Fantastic to hear it is going so well. I will be interested to see how if this can go well for other artists as well.