Technically, it's just a party. I think it's nice to warn neighbors of the possible parking
issues and stuff, but it hasn't been an issue here. I do know that's not the case in *every*
city—some have restrictions and such. It's probably a good idea to ask "the powers that
be" whether that's the deal or not.
There are several website about house concerts: .com, .org, etc. But the main one (that I
mined for info) now has a book for sale on how to host a house concert—$15, but just
two years ago, all that info was available free online. Bummer, huh?
Ben's really into indy music, and most of the acts we host are "Americana" which is kind of
"country-folk"—and some are "bluesy-folk." That's just the genre that finds house
concerts the most welcoming, I guess.
People don't expect homes to be huge. They expect to be a little cramped and snug.
We happen to have this bitchin' deck, so we can handle more than most homes in town—
but NOT in our living room! We had about 70 for Amy, but we were spread
throughout the yard.
But if you call me, I can fill you in on particulars. I think it's a wonderful way to bring
music *literally* into your home. We get to meet the artists—up close and personal (most
of them spend the night with us)—and we get to meet other music lovers in town. I have
stretched my music tastes a bit and have found that I LOVE all the acts who have
performed here. I have lots of new friends!
To bring it around to unschooling, it's a great way for the boys to be exposed to
really good music in a warm, welcoming (non-smoky) atmosphere. Cameron has been
asked to sit in on several songs with different artists (just depends on their style and
songs and whatever). Duncan's not making the most of this...yet, but he will, I'm sure, as
he gets older.
I also feel that it gives *back*. We get nothing for these concerts. It actually costs us to
host them. BUT...my house gets clean once each month. I get to try new recipes on a
regular basis. Locals music lovers have a sweet location to enjoy new music. And we're
helping a future *star* along on his/her/their way. It's a wonderful evening for all.