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So you like what you hear? Well I'd be more than glad to talk to you about hearing it live! For more information on booking please email iamrobertalea@gmail.com

Hope to hear from you soon!

-Roberta Lea

House Concerts

What Exactly is a House Concert?

A house concert is exactly what it sounds like: a get-together of friends in your living room, deck, or garden, with live music, and often food, drinks, and conversation. They are cozy, intimate, and allow me a chance to really get to know the audience while exposing my music to new ears – your group of friends! So here are some Frequently Asked Questions about House Concerts:

1. I don’t have a big house. Can I still host a concert?

Yes! The cozier the better. You don’t need a gigantic living room, so no worries ;)

2. How many people are you expecting? I don’t think I can get 50 people to come to my house.

The number of guests would totally be up to you. House shows can have as few as 20 people, and as many as 60. The beauty of a house concert is that it is purposely more intimate and focuses on quality over quantity. A little rule of thumb when it comes to any event, is to typically invite twice as many people you'd expect (well, because only half as many people will show up! lol)

3. Can I book you at my neighborhood theater, coffeehouse, or gallery instead?

Yes, in fact, I often book house concerts in conjunction with another event in the city. 1 public event + 1 private event equals 2 days well spent :)

4. How much does it cost to host a house concert?

There is no outright cost to bring me as an artist for a house concert. Typically, the host will ask their guests to be prepared to bring a suggested donation at the end of the show. And that can be completely up to them! The best part is that no one will be turned away if they weren't able to give. And those who can give, will give according to their experience.

5. Can I book your band or duo for my house concert?

My performances for house concerts will usually consist of a solo act. I like to reserve the full band experience for venues that would accommodate the corresponding needs. At any rate, the goal is to keep it as acoustic and intimate as possible. With house concerts, simplicity is key.

If, however, you'd insist on having the full band on display, then I'd have to consider performing for a fixed rate. This way, I can ensure that my band members get their fair share.

6. How does planning work?

The beauty in house concerts is that they are low stress and low maintenance on your part. Your responsibility majors in the invite, food and drink if that's what you desire, and keeping your guests posted on the event.  Once we agree on a date, we can set a start time. Typically it's best to "open doors" an hour before we begin the show. This gives guests an opportunity to come, get settle, snack and rub shoulders before we all cozy up for the main attraction. After we are settled on the details, you can setup a Facebook or email invite to your network of friends to let them know about it. Encourage them to RSVP and gracefully remind them that it is donation based. If you like food as much as I do, you can invite them to bring a dish and it becomes a potluck (awesome)!  Whatever happens, don’t stress! Its just like hanging out with your friends!

7. So, will I have strangers in my house?

Understandably, this is a homeowner’s primary concern. They’re interested in hosting something but don’t want it to be listed as a public event. No problem.  Simply keep the Facebook invite private. I’ll stick a generic “Private House Concert” listing on my calendar page. If there is a fan who is interested in attending the show, I will ask you first if it is ok to pass your address on to this interested person. If you’d rather keep it a closed event, then no problem. It’s your house :) 

8. What exactly is the order of events for the evening?

The order is pretty laid back. It’s usually great to give folks 1 hour to arrive, get comfortable, and chat it up before getting into music. Music can go for as little as 1 hour or as long as 2. Sometimes, depending on how long the music is planned to go, there is a break in the middle to allow people to stretch their legs, get more food, and talk. Ultimately I personally think having little or no agenda is what makes house shows so perfect.

9. What are your personal expectations, Roberta?

I enjoy the storytelling aspect of live music. I think the most enjoyable and memorable house concerts occur when a house becomes a listening room. I ask that guests and hosts alike understand that this is my opportunity to share my heart, not play background music. So I simply ask for respect for the craft and for people to come expecting to connect, relate, and enjoy :)

10. Ok, I think I'm ready to do this!! What’s next?

Great! Send an email to iamrobertalea@gmail.com  with some prospective dates. Then we can discuss details and go over any questions you may have. Sound good? Let’s do it!

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