Host Jonathan for a house, patio, garden or bbq concert!
Get up close and personal with my songs and stories in the setting of your own space. I enjoy playing these types of shows, it’s typically a very comfortable way to deliver my style of music and it makes for a special event for the audience when presented well.
How does it work? You have to make a living room, back yard, deck, or patio into a music space with folding chairs (or similar) and it may involve moving some furniture, and borrowing or having guests bring their own chairs to create a nice listening and visual environment. Ideally, you know of 15 to 40 friends or acquaintances that fit your space and tastes who would enjoy an intimate 1 to 2 hour set by an acoustic songwriter like me. Additionally, it’s folks that wouldn’t mind contributing a donation of approximately $15 a head, you invite them the same way you would if hosting a party or bbq and it’s an easy way to involve kids if appropriate.
Many hosts encourage a pot luck or put out a spread themselves, byob or refreshment donations is an option, with food and visiting an hour before hand with music starting promptly at a reasonable hour. Shows can be private (your contacts only) or public (and I would help promote as well, only with your permission), but all of this is up to you and your capabilities and I have a lot of promotion material to share with others on my website to help get folks out.
Once everyone is seated, it’s best to make the necessary housekeeping announcements – restroom locale, parking, direction of where the merchandise is located, reminder of the contribution bucket for the starving artist, interpretive dancing and applause requirements, etc.
These shows are a lot of fun and I’ve done several of them all over the country including at strangers homes! I travel with my own sound gear, a stage light, a super great acoustic guitar, a dozen harmonicas, a microphone, 100s of songs and stories that I like to share at such gatherings. Also, I travel in a sleeper van so I just need a parking space for the night typically.
If you’re interested, please reach out to me directly at JonathanFosterMusic@gmail.com or use the Contact tab above and we can start a conversation.