I would like to be considered for a House Concert - what do I have
||Please understand that we have a backlog of artists
we want to book. We only do about 10-12 shows a year, and we probably
get 2 CD's a week from musicians that want to play. Please don't be
insulted if it takes a while to get back to you, or if we have to
say "no thanks". We do listen to every CD that is sent,
even if it takes us a while
|What kind of equipment do I have to
||We have a complete PA, 6 monitors, stage lighting,
etc. You need to bring yourself, your instruments, backline, and anything "out
of the ordinary". Obviously if you use a monitor or mike headset,
you should bring 'em.
|Do you record shows?
||Yes, unless you don't want us to. We are quite
experienced with sound - both recorded and live, so the sound quality
will be excellent. We have the ability to digitally record the show
in up to 24 tracks, and if you bring a portable USB hard drive, we will give you the recording to do with
as you please (but it would be nice to give us a credit...). We will
not release a CD of your performance at our venue, but we may in the
future want to release a compilation of shows that we have hosted.
Of course, we will consult you and do it all "above board"
if we do ever decide to release a CD.
|How much could I expect to make?
||We have had as few as 20, and as many as 75 attending
our indoor shows. We typically ask $15 for adults, and $10 for ages
10-18 and active military. 100% of the donations received go to the
musicians, but there's no guarantee. You can do the math... We don't
provide a "guarantee" or minimum payment to the musicians.
We also have a covered outdoor stage which can handle a lot more people
(about 150-200). In Delaware we can only have outdoor concerts a few
months of the year (probably May thru October). There is a roof on
the stage, and the audience is in an open, but tree shaded area. If
there is rain, we can either continue to hold the concert outdoors,
or we can move it inside (limiting capacity to 70ish people), or we
can rent a tent. The decision on which way to go would depend on advance
|I'm from out of town - can you help
me out if I play at your house?
|| First, we can provide accomodations for an ureasonable
number of people (especially if you don't mind a sofa bed or air mattress).
We have several bedrooms available, lots of floor space, and love to entertain. We do have one
guest bedroom with private bath if you're a solo (or duo that doesn't
mind sharing), a finished basement with a sofabed, etc....
Also important is helping you do tour routing, since we want you to
be financially successful too. On our links page,
we have listed a number of venues that are a good touring distance
from us. We're about 90 minutes or so from Philly, Baltimore and Washington
D.C, and there are a lot of wonderful venues in those cities, and
most of those venues don't care if you book something in central Delaware
the night before or after their gig.
|I'd love the opportunity to open for
one of your shows - what's the deal?
||Our opening acts are wonderfully talented people
who are usually fairly local. They play for peanuts (since we have
to promise most or all of the "door" to the headliner in
order to book them), but in exchange the openers get our appreciation
and hospitality, they get to partake in a great buffet of food, they
get to sell their CD's, and they get to say that they opened for one
of our major acts. Typically we only book solo or duo acts as openers
to keep things simple. If you're interested in an opening spot, contact
us and submit a demo of some sort. We love to discover great local
talent. But again, we have a backlog of people who want to open for
our shows, so don't expect an immediate invitation. If you live close
enough, it would help if you can find the time to come attend one
of our shows, to introduce yourself personally, and confirm that the
vibe works for both of us.
|I'm local and looking for places to
play - can I play for you?
||Most of our headlining acts are fairly well known,
so their names help draw a good audience. Folks who aren't as well
known may open for the headliners as a way to introduce themselves
to our audiences. If you're looking to play more in this area, there
are a number of venues and music organizations listed on our
links page. In particular, check out the Delaware
Friends of Folk page - they have open mic nights several times
a year as well as monthly pick-in's, and they sometimes find people
to play at their coffeehouses. Andy's
in Chestertown, MD is a great venue, and they have open mic on the
last Wednesday of every month.