HOW SHOULD I SET UP MY HOME FOR THE CONCERT?
Something we hear often is a potential host saying that they would love to do a house concert, but feel like their home is too small. That is, almost always, not the case. Rooms can be deceiving when it comes to how many people can fit in the space comfortably.
Most often, a space which the host estimates they can accomodate 15-20 people is usually able to comfortably handle 30 or even more.
Tip: To estimate your capacity, clear the middle of the room (coffee table, etc.) and move the couches to the side or against a wall if possible. Then, start arranging available chairs (dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook, office chairs) to get an idea of the number of people your space could hold. Once you’ve set up a few rows, it’s easy to imagine how the rest of it would fall into place. Remember to allow at least a 4' by 6' area for the performer — more if it’s a duo or group.
When mapping out a performance space in your home, it is usually best to choose the largest common room (living room, den, basement, etc). Once you've picked the room, arrange the seating to face where you envision us performing. When setting up, the goal is to turn this room into your own, mini-concert hall.
We do enjoy our audience to sit close to us. It creates an intimate listening environment which allows for a fun, conversational concert. Since some folks tend to be on the shy side, it may be best to have the seating arranged close to us before the audience begins to arrive.
When it comes to what we'll need to perform, all we ask for is the following:
- Two electrical outlets (either directly behind us or in close proximity)
- Space for our compact sound system* & microphone stands
-Also an accessible space to set up our merchandise :)