Re: House Concerts
From: Holly Wilder (
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:39:53 -0800 (PST)
I have found that to be true as well - that the musicians enjoy a small 
"listening" audience.  I do always warn them, though, before they book with us 
that turn-out can be small so they are making an informed decision about 
playing here. - Holly at Nyland

On Dec 31, 2014, at 3:35 PM, Michael Barrett wrote:

> 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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