House Show Entertaining: Food, Beverages and Disclaimers

We’ve talked about where you’re going to seat everyone – now let’s talk about how you’re going to feed all of these people! And, BEVERAGES! askmeshirt When preparing for your house show, you first need that all important “Yes” from your artist of choice, you’ll agree on a date, you’ll invite your friends and family via social media and word of mouth, then you begin deciding how big of a bash you’re going to throw. We have always viewed these House Shows as a “party”. We usually have mingle time before the show, which typically revolves around a light meal or easy to graze on foods and oodles of beverages. You can just keep it very simple with bowls of chips scattered throughout your house or you can ask people to bring a dish they’d like to share that’s easy to grab and go. Our plan usually revolves around something easily made in large quantities and portable with very little clean up required afterward and we have also gone to the extreme of creating a huge spread. potluck While simpler is better, if you’re good at making something and have a dish that people rave about, by all means – MAKE IT! Just remember, asking for your guests participation in bringing a dish can really save you a lot of stress. The last thing you want to do is man the stove the whole night – take it from me, the “hostess with the mostest”. I have overworked myself at shows so much that it was hard for me to enjoy myself and yes, I regretted it. But then again, I’m a MOM, and MOM’s like to make sure everyone is taken care of to the point of it teetering on the OCD side. I come from a long line of MOM-types…I’ve learned to live with it…so my advice is to keep it simple, easy to grab foods like pizza, eggrolls, chips and salsa, popcorn – shopping at Costco is NOT underrated for these events. partytub_1 Something that we have continuously done over the years is provide a selection of adult beverages and also non-alcoholic beverages for those that are taking the roll of Designated Driver. We will typically have a cooler for beer and a separate cooler for non-alcoholic drinks and a table in our kitchen with spirits so people can make mixed drinks. So many types of beer and spirits get accumulated and we also ask that our guests bring their favorite to share. People are very generous with what they bring and are always willing to share with the group. We do give the disclaimer in our invite that there will be adult beverages consumed, so if children are present, adult language may and most definitely WILL be used throughout the night.

Disclaimer – but very important to remember:

When people drink, they tend to get loud. My suggestion would be to not really have hours and hours of mingle time before the show. We typically let people know they can start showing up 1 hour before show time. The whole point is to enjoy this intimate setting surrounded by friends enjoying some amazingly talented musicians. It’s very important that people pay attention and give the artists the respect they deserve. Drinking can lead to disruptive behavior, so please ensure people remember the reason they are there – they can always really let loose after the show when the night shifts from music to hanging out and partying.

The main thing to remember is that this is an event to showcase music, so be as extravagant as you want or keep it really simple. You’re already guaranteed to have an amazing show with the artist/artists that you love, so planning out what you want to provide your guests and how much participation you’ll need from them is key.

2 House Shows in ONE WEEK, y’all!

Hey Music Lovers!!! What a week we had!

The Banner Days

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First, we had the INCREDIBLE Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney of The Banner Days in our home to play for our family and friends. We had an incredible time!! Our house was full of love and appreciation and best of all, MUSIC.

Here is a link to The Banner Days Bandcamp music player. FYI – I completely adore the song “Song in my head” but you can’t go wrong if you listen to all of them…like…”Brother” is playing right now and I’m dying because of Beth’s voice. As far as Bradford is concerned…this beast of a man has the soul of a gentle giant and his powerful voice filled our home to the RAFTERS in the best way imaginable and he could hold it back so softly to a whisper – just magical.

They are truly spectacular and there are some HUGE things happening for them within the music industry. It was very exciting to have had them in our home before they blow up so huge they won’t be able to play in these intimate settings anymore. So gracious and humble. GAH! How is it that these people we meet are so freaking AMAZINGLY talented and STILL SUPER RAD?!

The Banner Days are getting ready to embark on a tour across the US and I encourage you to look for them – like them on Facebook and check their status messages to find out where you can see them live.

Bryan John Appleby

Our second house show was at a friends house and they booked Bryan John Appleby.

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We had a chance to see Bryan play at a local church in Tacoma, WA a couple years back. The show was put on by a local production company called The Warehouse. They put on these great shows called “Candlelit Show” and they are usually held in a church or really cool old vintage concert hall – anyway – when our friends told us they booked him we pretty much freaked out and instantly said we’d be there.

His touch on the guitar is really great…soft and subtle fingerpicking and his voice is just tender and builds throughout the song. Bryan is also getting ready to tour starting in May and y’all should look him up if you’re on the West coast.

Just so that you can get to know Bryan a little bit, I wanted to share this video. You’ll need about 12 minutes…but just before the 4:00 mark, you’ll hear his sweet voice sing and his guitar. I hope you enjoy:

You’ll probably get tired of reading my words and telling you how important music is to me and our family and friends, but it bears repeating. If you know of an independent artist or hear something that I’ve shared that you like, start following these artists. They need our support. Go to their shows. Be prepared to purchase their CD’s, T-shirts and any other merchandise they have for sale. Donate to them. Participate in their Go Fund Me pages, GIVE. THEM. MONEY. They work so hard to share their gifts and talent. They deserve it.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below. I’d love to hear from you – if you are interested in hosting your own House Show and would like to know how to accomplish this or have any questions at all, leave me a comment.

Music is life. Live it. Love it. Share it with the world!