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 contribute a minimum of $20 per person (or whatever you can afford) - 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.
Since the concerts are a hobby, not a business, and held in our living room, 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.
And, in the spirit of a shared experience, if you're so inclined, you can also bring a snack or beverage of your choice (nothing stronger than beer or wine, please) - enough for yourself, or enough to share with others ... completely optional, completely up to you.
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 ...