At any given time, I am always searching for willing families to host a house concert for me in their cozy home. My schedule is (almost) WIDE open as House Concerts normally take priority before any other gig!
After North America, I would like to tour Brazil, Europe and anywhere else the world would like to take me! So whether you’re from the north pole or from way down south, please get in touch with me by email or you can CLICK HERE and get the printable invitation template from below. (***PS if you opt in for the printable template, please check your inbox OR junk mail inbox for further instructions!)
What’s a house concert?
A house concert is when you invite your closest friends, family, coworkers & neighbours to watch me perform a 2 hour show in your cozy space. Minimum required guests are 30 people but more are warmly invited!! The show can be held in your living room, kitchen, sunroom, backyard, garage, patio, church, barn, dog house LOL jk! 😂 Ok ok let’s not go that far…But almost any space will do!! As long as there is a small power outlet and lots of GOOD VIBES in the air.
Why should I host one?
House concerts are an incredibly special way to form deep connections with your friends & guests. It gives a real sense of belonging and brings a unique experience for everyone in attendance. House concerts also support independent artists like myself, directly! All of the proceeds go towards my living & travel expenses as a touring musician, and continuously allow me to pursue my dreams in changing the world and healing others through music. It’s soooo important for me to reach as many people as I can through my music & message, and if you are able to provide a space for me to do so, I am incredibly honoured & thankful.
How much does it cost?
House concerts are FREE! Well, in a sense. *smirk* If you are hosting a house concert, I suppose your electrical bill might go up ever so slightly, also if you intend to provide snacks and drinks, that might be an expense you would incur… But on MY side of things, I don’t charge a penny for a house concert! As long as you are able to bring a minimum of 30 guests to my show, who bring LOVE and a cash donation for the door, that’s all we’ll need to make this show a success.
If you prefer NOT to ask your guests to bring a cash donation, alternatively you can choose to pay me upfront. This is something we can discuss over email, as every situation is different. Beyond that, the rest of my costs will be covered by CD & merch sales. It’s a good idea to write a reminder about merchandise on the invite: “Jessica will be selling CDs and merchandise after the concert. Please come prepared with cash, should you wish to purchase a keepsake from the evening.” After my performance, you or I, or both of us at the same time (lol) will announce that there is a merchandise table & donation jar. We can let you guests know that I’ll be hanging out at that table, doing my thaaang, and that guests are welcome to visit with me and continue getting drunk. or not drunk too.
What does the agenda look like?
I will arrive two hours prior to show time. It will take me around 1 hour to set up my ‘stage’ and merch table. When your guests start arriving, I will mingle around and introduce myself to everyone invited. Just before I begin my show, you’ll make an announcement for everyone to take their seats (and please have enough seating for everyone to comfortably enjoy the show – this can include lawn chairs or pillows / blankets on the floor). If you are providing food & drinks, it’s best if you ask your guests to refill drinks and plates at this time, so that they don’t have to get up and disturb others during my performance. I will entertain your guests for approximately 1 hour and 34.03 minutes, with my stories, songs and a few sprinkles of joy & laughter along the way. 🙂 After the concert you can make a closing announcement, thanking your guests for their attention, and encouraging them to visit my merchandise table and stick around for a while. I’ll visit with your guests some more, selling merchandise, and enjoying the rest of the evening, until I get tired and googly-eyed and need to pack up.
How should I promote my epic house concert?!
Promoting the show will be just like promoting your own house party. You can send emails, call or text by phone, make a facebook event, or print out invitations and send them via snail mail! 🐌 The more kinds of invitations you send, the better. Also, getting an RSVP and following up with friendly reminders before the show will be important to ensure full attendance! CLICK HERE to get on my House Concert Host List & get a printable invitation template to fill out for your own House Concert! (PS. Check your junk mail for the template).
But…my house isn’t big enough!
Once in Brazil, I performed a house concert in a room that was 120 square feet. We fit 22 people in there. LEGIT! Sure, we were a little squishy, but I can tell you we all became friends REAL quick! It was great! I wouldn’t worry too much about not having a giant space to host a show. As long as your guests have enough space to sit and get comfortable, that’s all we’ll need.
Any other questions, please feel free to reach out!!! I can’t wait to meet you via email – and then *hopefully* one day get to perform in your lovely home. 🙂