Where your house, everywhere
Around 2007, legendary Australian songwriter Mick Thomas told me a story about one of the artists on his Croxton Records label, the great soul-country singer Suzannah Espie. She had booked two gigs a week apart in Perth, some 3,400km away from her home in Melbourne. The cost of two return airfares was prohibitively high. Suzannah rang the venues and anyone she knew in South-West Australia and asked if they could help her find some fill-in gigs to get her through the week. What she found was a handful of willing hosts who offered to put her up, feed her and invite their friends around and pass the hat if she'd play a concert.
Why should you DO a house concert? If you love music, you can have it as a living intimate part of you life, witness excellent performance, gather your friends and community together and offer practical and material support to touring musicians. This model could be applied to any style of art or activism. It's community-building the best thing I ever made.
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