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The House Concert Revolution


Over the last couple of months, I have played some amazing living rooms -from Mark Twain's actual opulant salon to my friend's dental hygienist's basement man cave. Each one, I have to say, has been a success. I love the intimacy and looseness of it. And I think folks enjoy it more than, say, getting all gussied up to go to a club at 9:30 at night.

I am booking for this Spring and Summer.

There are a couple of ways folks put on a house concert. One is where you, the host, pony up for the whole shebang. The other popular method is where the host charges their friends and neighbors to come- like a real concert!. Some people (with larger living rooms or back yards) even open it up to other Jill fans who happen to live in the hood. Last year, a guy rented an old VFW. They still had the quarter hot-nuts machines. There was a mix of fans and old Vietnam vets at the bar looking somewhat bemused. Some people have it catered (from fancy to chips and dips), but others do the whole potluck thing. I was once at a house concert with 17 Crockpots. I love doing it with just the acoustic guitar and no PA system. But sometimes we need a PA if it’s an outdoor thing or there are a lot of guests.

Here are a couple of pretty funny videos semi-explaining how to put one on - funny videos.

Please contact me or my lovely assistant Abby at Jill@jillsobule.com

And here is a live video of Island of Lost Things:


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