Re: House Concerts
From: Michael Barrett (
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:34:49 -0800 (PST)
I used to feel sad for the performers at house concerts with small audiences, 
feeling embarrassed that the room wasn't packed with people (even though I had 
nothing to do with organizing the event).  But talking with a house concert 
musician about this, here at Shadowlake Village Cohousing, I was surprised (and 
relieved) when he said it was just fine, they enjoyed house concerts because 
they were small and intimate, that they, the performers, felt (and were) closer 
to the audience - who had come deliberately to listen to them - and it was 
better than playing in smoke-filled bars where most of the crowd didn't know or 
care who they were, and often weren't even listening. 
Monetarily I don't know how it works out, but I could believe that an 
appreciative audience, even if small, has value to a performer.   

Michael at Shadowlake Village Cohousing, Blacksburg, VA  - where Muriel has 
already shared the news (below)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Muriel Kranowski" <murielk [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:57 PM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ House Concerts

> On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] 
> wrote:
>> .... not everyone enjoys the concert setting. Particularly the small
>> concert where you can't leave if you get bored or tired of sitting. If you
>> don't look bright and interested, it shows.
> At our house concerts you can sit up close (yes, you should look
> appreciative here) or way back in a comfy-seating alcove where you can
> totally tune them out if you don't enjoy the current number, or you can
> stand around the snacks table a bit out of sight and not be noticed at all.
> And people can and do leave if their time is up :) So that's not it. I've
> ended up enjoying nearly every one I've gone to even when I didn't expect
> to, but you do have to take the chance that any one concert might be a dud
> for you and not everyone is willing to do that.
> Happy New Year to everyone in coho-land! May your 2015 be a good year.
>       Muriel at Shadowlake Village Cohousing, Blacksburg, VA
>      where there'll be both an early (for the litte kids) and a late
> bonfire, with NYE partying in between and after.
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