From Los Angeles to Boston, more and more suburban homeowners are inviting friends and neighbors for a living room concert.
Courtesy of Russ Paris
If you’re a big music fan there’s a good chance you’ll be attending a quality bluegrass, folk, or pop performance in the near future – in someone’s living room.
They’re called “house concerts,” and more and more music-loving suburban homeowners from Los Angeles to Austin to Boston are rolling back their rugs, rearranging the furniture, and inviting friends and neighbors over to get a groove on.
There are no hard numbers since the concerts tend to fly under the radar, but estimates within the house concert community estimate that more than 1,100 private homes across the country hosted invitation-only performances in 2012. That means somewhere in the vicinity of 50,000 fortunate folks attended a house concert last year.
Russ and Julie Paris have been hosting concerts near Los Angeles since 1997. “We open up our home to our friends and neighbors because we want to share great music with them,” they explain on their website houseconcerts.us. “In the area where we live – like most of the world today – there are too few venues where people can go to experience great music in a close and friendly environment.”
Singer/songwriter James Lee Stanley, who is based in southern California and has long benefited from the open doors of private homes, agrees.