We've been busy these last few weeks finalizing the concert schedule for the first half of 2017. Monthly concerts are now in place for the first five months of 2017.
Last month, we asked about 50 of you (who have attended at least two concerts so far) to tell us which artists you've liked best, and who we should invite back. The good news is that you liked everyone (some more than others, of course). And, there were about five artists that stood head & shoulders above the rest. We've already started discussions with several of them about return appearances, and you'll see some of your favorites come back in 2017 and 2018 (yes, we already have one concert scheduled for 2018!) We'll probably aim for 6-8 new artists each year and two return appearances.
Next summer, we're going to put in place what we learned from this past summer's experience. Namely, lots of you have lives and other things to do with your time, and that gets a little amplified during the summer months. So, rather than scheduling "regular" concerts for June, July and August on a Saturday night, we're going to leave those months unscheduled for now. Next spring, we'll start keeping an eye out for artists heading out to the east coast on tour during the summer, and we may schedule a "short-notice" concert if schedules work out. This way, the artists aren't relying on us to make their tour work, & we might be a "filler" show for them on a weeknight. And, we're not nagging you to come to a concert on a summer weekend, when you have other things to do, and maybe - just maybe - you can make the trek across the bridge in the summer without sitting in beach traffic. Not sure just how this will turn out, so stay tuned ...
In closing, we can't believe we're getting close to the end of our second season of house concerts - thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts, and -- mainly -- for supporting live music!