What is a House Concert?
"A house concert is a chance to experience music in a warm and intimate environment. It's when someone opens up their home and invites you into their living room to share in a performance by one of their favorite musicians. It's a chance to meet the performers and get them to sign their CD. A house concert is also a great social evening of friends and neighbors." - Russ and Julie's House Concerts
House concerts are very different animals than shows at music halls, bars or coffee houses. They are more like private parties hosted by music lovers. The guest list is small, the room is usually quite intimate, and everybody contributes money to pay the musicians. Every room is unique, reflecting the tastes and personalities of the hosts.

Attending a house concert is like visiting friends who happen to have musicians or a band in the house, except that the music isn't in the background, it's the focus of the party. You will not feel comfortable if you don't enjoy listening attentively to live music. If you prefer to chat during performances, please do that elsewhere.

Please bring:
+ Cash for Artists' Donations and CD purchases
+ Finger food or beverages to share
+ Reusable cup or travel mug
+ Small pillows to soften seats
+ A positive, patient attitude

Please do not bring:
- Cameras or recording devices
- Small children (see Kid Policy, below)
- Perfumes or colognes
- Pets
We plan to continue to fill this beautiful space with music, friends, and friends of friends. If we've not yet met, please introduce yourself to us when you arrive. We'll probably be very busy keeping things running smoothly, but we really want to know everyone who visits.

A note to our mobility-challenged friends: We wish our home were barrier-free, but it definitely is not. Stairways are required to enter the building and to reach the bathrooms. We offer sincere and regretful apologies to our mobility-challenged friends. For the rest of you, please, please be careful on the stairs.

We try to maintain an allergen-free environment, as many people are sensitive to environmental pollutants. For the comfort of those around you, please avoid wearing perfumes, or colognes, and please don't smoke anywhere in or near the house.

Please dress in layers appropriate for the weather. Our home is not air-conditioned. If it is very hot outside, you may wish to bring your own water bottle, which we will be happy to refill.

Kid Policy: Our room isn't a good or safe place for kids who would rather be elsewhere. There are no quiet areas to take them away from the music. But if your kids are well behaved and love music please ask us about bringing them. Some shows are more kid-friendly than others.

Registration of each guest's name, e-mail, phone number and mailing address is required in advance. Please contact us first at info@churchhouseconcerts.org to be sure we still have seats available, then mail your contact information and, preferably, your Artists' Donation made out to John Friedlander, PO Box 28, Haddam, CT 06438. After we receive your message we will email you a confirmation and directions.

If you have questions that aren't answered here, please contact us at john@churchhouseconcerts.org and we'll respond as promptly as possible. Check back often for updates to our event schedule. The best way to keep track of our schedule is to join our email list. If you've signed up but aren't getting our mailing list check your spam filters. Some filters throw out anything sent to a list of folks, so you may need to set it specifically to accept mail from shownotes@churchhouseconcerts.org.

More House Concert Information:

Church House Concerts in the News
New York Times, May 21, 2006
New York Times, June 30, 2002
Hartford Courant, October 9, 2001
Hartford Courant, July 8, 2001

House Concerts in the News
New York Times, Nov. 8, 1999
Acoustic Guitar magazine
Wired News Online Feb. 2000

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Russ & Julie's House Concerts FAQ

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