We’re happy to announce that Ernie has been performing house concerts recently. They’re a great way to see an intimate performance, and his blend of gospel and blues are perfect for the setting.
If you’re wondering how to setup a house concert or you’re interested in how the whole thing works, we’ve put together some basic info for you right here.
And if you’d like to host a house concert, just send an email to Ernie to get things started.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A HOUSE CONCERT?
A house concert is an invitation-only concert in someone’s home, presented by a host who doesn’t profit from the event.
DO I NEED A PIANO IN MY HOUSE?
A tuned grand or upright is more than welcome, but Ernie can bring his sound system and electronic piano, too.
HOW LONG DOES THE CONCERT LAST?
The concert is usually performed in two 40-minutes sets, with a 20-30 minute break in-between.
HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOULD I INVITE?
A house concert can be anywhere from 20-50 people. A minimum requirement is about 12 people, and a maximum really depends on your space. Lots of house concerts have about 20-25 people at them.
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHO TO INVITE?
As the host, you choose — friends, neighbours, co-workers, and maybe a few fans who know about Ernie but might not know you personally. We can help you there if you need some extra guests.
DO I NEED TO SERVE A FULL MEAL?
A house concert usually includes light snacks, drinks, or a pot-luck dinner.
HOW MUCH DO I CHARGE?
Technically, house concerts are free. You aren’t selling tickets, and you aren’t running a business — this keeps things nice and simple. However, it’s generally understood by your guests that you'ree making a suggested donation (ranging from $10-25.00, with an average of $20.00) to the artist.
WHEN DO I COLLECT THE MONEY AND ORGANIZE PAYMENT?
When the artist is introduced, it’s a good time to remind your guests that the “donation jar” is in the kitchen or wherever and “please remember to make your donation before you leave.”
DO YOU PROVIDE INVITATIONS OR DO I HANDLE THOSE MYSELF?
It’s best to invite everyone personally — the concert is something you’re putting on, and it helps when you know exactly how many are coming.
DO YOU HAVE A SAMPLE INVITATION?
Sure thing — download a .DOC right here and personalize away.
CAN I GET SOME MORE INFO?
Definitely! ConcertsInYourHome.com has a great .PDF guide that answers pretty much every house concert question under the sun.