What’s a House Concert?

A house concert is a live show in people’s houses/backyards/space for an intimate live music experience. If you’ve been to a porchfest, living room, rooftop or backyard where people are spending their evening listening to musicians, you’ve attended a house concert.

There are two main types of live music experiences: house concerts (some call it house shows), and house parties.

  1. House Concert: The atmosphere is a listening room, which means that people show up to listen to the band/artist. People are meant to turn off their phone ringers, be seated, and show audience etiquette for the musicians.
  2. House Party: The atmosphere is just that…a party with live music and people talking or dancing along with the music. It is not meant to be an experience where people sit down and listen to the performer, rather the performer helps provide the background or vibe for the event.

House parties are more commonplace to the average person. House concerts have been around for just as long, but less people have attended one or know they exist because you usually have to know someone who attends them. From opera and harpsichords in a sitting room in London, to guitars and fiddles on the front porch in Georgia, to singer/songwriters sharing a set with stories behind the songs in Denver, live music in people’s homes has been around for centuries. Modern history has build larger facilities for people to gather and listen to live music and that’s why many people have never heard of house concerts.

Whether you are new to the house concert scene or a veteran for 20+ years, at Lymlight, it’s our jam to make intimate live music experiences accessible to you and to build community around them. Let’s celebrate intimate live music and have an experience together.

Tell us about your experience. Have you been to a house concert? If so, where was it and what was the setting like? Are they a regular house concert venue in your area? Make a comment below.

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