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Steve and Lobelia House Concert tour 2011

January 17th, 2011 | 12 Comments | Categories: gig dates · Music News |

Plans are now underway for us to return to the US this May/June and play some house concerts. We had such a great time last year on our visit, and we’ve already talked to many of our hosts from last year about return visits.

This week is when we start putting in dates and routing our trip – we’ll be flying into and out of New York, in at the beginning of May, out at the end of June/beginning of July. Aside from time with family and friends, what happens in between is largely reliant on people booking us for house concerts.

What’s a house concert?

The clue’s in the name – a concert in someone’s house. It’s taking music into a more comfortable, intimate listening environment, it often involves food too, and can be for an audience of anywhere from about 15-50 people, depending on your number of musically adventurous friends and how much they’re willing to donate to the cause of us getting to where you are.

We bring everything that’s needed for music, you just provide a willing, listening audience. The show can be advertised beyond your immediate friends and family, but we promise we’ll never give out your address to anyone or put it on the internet, and will allow you to vet anyone else who wants to come along.

Money: on a trip like this, with car rental, gas and a baby to look after, we need to be aiming for around $400 a show. If that sounds like a lot, it’s less daunting when you realise that it can include ticket donations, music sales (CDs and USB sticks full of music) as well as any extra fun we put on, like music masterclasses/workshops etc. beforehand. Sometimes people underwrite the show themselves so they can put on an amazing event for their friends/family/colleagues… we’re open to that kind of arts patronage too. If you know of a baby-friendly amazing venue near you that you have a good contact with, we’re interested in that too.

Accomodation – more often than not we stay in the house we’re playing in. Sometimes that doesn’t work out, and that’s fine, we can either find friends to stay with, or use some ninja internet skillz to find a cheap hotel.

What now? First up, if this takes your fancy, register an interest either in the comments here, on Facebook or Twitter, or by emailing. Please let us know

  • where you are,
  • what level of help you’re offering (from venue suggestion to fully guaranteed show)
  • and any dates that really DON’T work for you between the first week of may and the first week of July.

From there, we start planning. We’ve currently got 19 (NINETEEN!!) show offers already being explored. Not all of those will happen, but to have that much interest before we even start the process is fabulous.

If you’ve hosted a house concert before with us, and want to say nice things about it in the comments below, please feel free.

Here are a couple of videos that show what we do, in case you’re wondering 🙂

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12 Comments so far ↓

  • Brian Wilson

    You know you’re always welcome in Dallas!

    • Steve

      That’s great Brian, thanks! We’d love to. Will start looking at possible dates soon, but my guess is towards the beginning of June…

      • Brian Wilson

        Remember I work nights Sun-Thurs… Hate to hog the coveted Friday and Saturday night slots, but you know it’ll be a good time! Pool will be to temp in June, too….

  • Paddy

    Thinking about hosting a house concert?

    Do iiiiiit!

    They’re awesome.

  • Charlie

    I can’t guaruntee a venue, but if you come to minneapolis, I’ll be there!

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  • Steve Uccello

    Between NY and Colorado? Are us Californians going to get a chance to host you guys in ’11? 🙂 –

    For any thinking of hosting, I highly recommend it-I got to co-host one in 2009 with them-it was awesome! A few details and a pic from it are in my “2009 Highlights” Blogpost:

    And seriously, I hope you guys are coming to Cali soon, and, more importantly, that I get to host another house concert when you do! 😉

  • Steven White

    My wife’s dates are as follows for you playing for her arts org:

    – before May 15th won’t work
    – May 19 & June 16 is MARN’s monthly musician networking event, it would be a good change of pace for you to do a performance/master-class show for that regular event
    – no other very bad or very good dates as of yet but MARN’s calendar is always being added to

    I am REALLY looking forward to having you in Milwaukee for a master class and I will definitely be at @tapps house for your show.

  • Eric Herbrandson

    We’d love to have you out in Phoenix. I’m pretty sure we can work out a location (either at my house or another venue). Let me know a date or two and I’ll work out the details.

    • Steve

      Eric, thanks so much! I don’t think we can make it as far as Arizona on this trip – the east coast and mid-west stuff is filling up fast… but we’ll be out on the West Coast in Jan 2012, so I hope we can come down to Phoenix then!