What’s a House Concert look like?

It’s pretty simple really, here’s the basic outline…

  1. A recommended minimum of 20 guests,
  2. optional light refreshments,
  3. and an hour long concert in your house.

If it feels like a difficult thing to pull off – don’t be intimidated, it’s surprisingly easy and fun. If you have ever had a group over for a cookout or to watch a movie, you have all the skills necessary to be a house concert host.

What does it cost?

Although it costs $300 to host a house concert, it’s possible for it to be free! Here’s how: ticket sales go toward the hosting price. For example, if 20 people buy a $10 ticket, you’ll only pay $100 to host. The more guests attending, the less you pay. Really, the only way you’d actually pay $300 is if absolutely no one came to the concert. If ticket sales get to $300, you, the host, pay nothing. Pretty cool, huh?

Where do you travel?

I travel all over the country! I haven’t made it past the Rocky Mountains…yet. I structure my tour based on demand. That means, first, I get a list of interested hosts and then I plot my route by region. Then I nail down the actual dates for concerts.

How do I become a host?  

This Fall, I have a limited number of slots available for House Concerts… only 50! Here’s how it works:

  1. Email me and let me know you’re interested in hosting.
  2. I’ll contact you and we’ll figure out the best date for your concert.
  3. Once it’s decided, you’ll pay a $50 deposit to lock in the date.
  4. I’ll send you a ticket purchasing link that you can share with your guests.
  5. When the day arrives, I’ll show up at your house and sing for you and your friends.

As the host, you’ll get five free tickets for family, friends, and co-hosts. After that, guests purchase tickets at $10 before the show and $15 at the door. The tickets are sold online through Eventbrite, and I’ll set all that up and send you a simple link to give to your friends. Easy peasy.

Why House Concerts?

My personal mission statement is “Make stuff that makes room for people to meet Jesus.” For me, songs are acts of hospitality, ways to ‘make room’. And house concerts are habitats where an evening of music and stories makes it possible for a community to meet together in a shared listening. It can be a very special time. As a host, you are giving your friends the gift of a good place to gather. You offer them room in an ordinary space where they’ll be reminded how extraordinary life really is. I’ve been doing house concerts for over ten years now, and they’re still my favorite way to play music.

I have more questions!

Great! Download my House Concert How-To PDF, where I go into all the little details about hosting a house concert.

 

Hope to hear from you soon and see you on the road this Fall!

Get in touch...

Email Matthew

“Loved the concert! I appreciated the storytelling… southerners know how to tell a story. The songs were peaceful, true, and lovely. Thanks!”

Lori from Nebraska

“I had no idea what to expect when I said I’d host, but I would do it again! I appreciate your humor and joy, and of course your music!”

A. from Minnesota

“Beautiful! Beautiful voice and beautiful talent! I really loved the stories connecting between each song.”

Lauren from Pennsylvania

“I absolutely loved it! Great stories, beautiful songs, vulnerable lyrics. Heart-touching and a great fresh breath to everyone.”

Darcy from Colorado