A Different Kind of Event

One of the most interesting developments in the music world is the emergence of the house concert. Performers eschew the large concert venue and instead shape a deal with a group of fans in a local community. . . The performer plays in the person’s home in exchange for room and board and a door cover charge.

So, at the home of local musician, Jill Chambless:

“I’m very excited to announce that the singer/songwriter Dylan Sneed will be coming to Tuscaloosa next week. Dylan has played several Acoustic Nights at the Bama Theater, but this time will be performing a House Concert instead. This will be different from our usual house concerts in that Dylan’s music is not Celtic, but Americana. He is a very talented singer, guitar player, and songwriter. I’m sure you will enjoy the show!!”

The Dallas Observer described Sneed’s music as “the best side of true Americana: music of passion and skill that can move an audience with a whisper or a roar.” Kevin Oliver of the SC Free Times likens Sneed to “a sober Townes Van Zandt,” and said “Sneed’s songs give a contemporary spin to the Lone Star country and folk of Guy Clark, Steve Earle and others, coming out more like the acerbically literate North Carolina songwriters Jonathan Byrd or Malcolm Holcombe.”

Also, check out his website: www.dylansneed.com.

House Concert at the home of
Jil Chambless and Dan Vogt
3501 Woodland Hills Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
(205) 556-8296

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Come early for food and conversation.
Seating is limited (by the size of our living room!)

$10 per person donation (minimum) to the artist will be collected at
the door.

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About jchall1960

I'm the instructor for FA 200, Introduction to the Arts at the University of Alabama
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2 Responses to A Different Kind of Event

  1. dakarothinks says:

    I have never heard any of Dylan Sneed’s music and the only thing that tells me is that he is not as popular as alot of other musicians. House concerts, while I would love to have one at my own home with one or a few of my favorite artists, do not seem very practical. There are big name musicians out there that make thousands of dollars off big live concerts and I don’t see many of them sacrificing their time to do a small concert where they could get a free meal and maybe 100 bucks… Until people stop paying exuberant amounts of money for concert tickets I do not think House Concerts will really become that popular.

  2. jchall1960 says:

    You’re right; Bono is not likely to appear on the house concert circuit anytime soon. What I’ve noticed is some folks, later in their career, who want to remain active, but have found the traditional touring grind to be less and less attractive. And you can still do ok; if you get $30 a head from 50 people . . . and you do 3 gigs a week. . . well, its not a bad living at all.

    And I’d say that part of the point is that it shouldn’t be popular; you’re probably trying to appeal to an audience member who is also maybe burned out on paying $100 for a show where you are a half mile from the stage.

    Might be interesting to return to this conversation when we get to David Gilmour’s book. . . and we start talking about what we get out of talking about the arts.

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