House concerts aren't new, and the concept is pretty simple. We're hosting concerts (about one a month) at our home on Kent Island, across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis, MD.
You get in by accepting our invitation. You get invited by being on our mailing list. This is the simplest, but most important, rule. Our house concerts are private events, not open to the public. You must be invited to attend, and to be invited, you must ask to be added to our mailing list (of course, you can also opt out of the mailing list at any time).
Our house concerts are shared experiences. We are contributing the use of our home, chairs to sit on, a sound system for our artists to use, and some light refreshments. We ask that our guests make a donation to the artist. The minimum suggested amount may vary from one concert to another. These contributions are voluntary, and every penny of your contribution goes to the artists, to help them earn a reasonable living giving music lovers like us an opportunity to hear them perform live in an intimate setting - our living room or back yard. The minimum suggested donation for each concert will be posted on our website and included in your invitation.
Since the concerts are a hobby, not a business, and held at our home, we reserve the right to exercise a little "homeowner discretion" in accepting reservation requests, turning away "drop-ins" who don't have confirmed reservations, and asking anyone not following the house rules below to leave. Hopefully none of this ever happens, but in the interest of setting clear expectations ... well, 'nuff said.
For the time being, as we navigate our way back to normal from the pandemic, we ask that you limit yourself to bringing refreshments (and cups, plates, napkins, etc. as needed) just for yourself. We won’t be providing (or allowing others to provide) snacks & beverages (or cups, plates, napkins, silverware, etc) to share. We hope to get back to our traditional shared table soon, and we’ll let you know when we feel it’s safe to suggest bringing enough to share with others.
Still have questions? Keep reading, the sections below will probably answer them. If not, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask ...