¡living room shows FAQ and GUIDELINES for hosts and guests!

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I’ve had the opportunity to play a few house shows, and I’d like to do more.

Are you interested in hosting a house or alternate space show?
 Curious about what it requires?

  1. You have a house, apartment, studio or other space that can comfortably and safely host 30-75 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other interior space would be ideal, sometimes outdoor spaces work as well. Not sure if your space is appropriate? Feel free to write and run the idea past us.
  1. Ideally there is decent street parking, a parking garage, or public transportation nearby. Please keep in mind though the music is quiet, neighbor’s noise level needs should be taken into consideration, and your neighbors should be okay with you hosting the show. It would be a shame if someone called the cops because of extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small apartment or house or have difficult neighbors, housemates, and/or landlords. Be realistic regarding how many people your place can hold. We will need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance.
  1. Ticket price will be $20. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets sales are direct to fans via Brown Paper Tickets.
  1. We’ll provide hosts with a final list of tickets sold/everyone coming to the show. Hosts don’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check ticket holders off the list as they arrive. A typical timeline for an evening show is: musicians arrive between 6:00-7:00 pm, guests arrive between 7:00-7:45pm, shows start at 8pm and usually run an hour or 1 ½ hours, and we ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm at the latest.
  1. Hosts receive five additional free tickets for the show. If you have friends beyond your five guests who would like to attend you should direct them to buy tickets on-line.
  1. The shows will be promoted via my websites, social media, and by word-of-mouth. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your social media too. We’ll create an event page for each show and share a link so you can easily invite your friends (thank you!).
  1. You don’t need have any sort of sound system, though we do need electricity.
  1. You don’t need seating for everyone. If you have a bunch of chairs, great. Most shows are floor seating and guests will be reminded they should bring a cushion or pillow to sit on during the show.
  1. There are no opening acts on the living room shows.

Any questions? Email: info @ parcematone . com with the subject line “HOUSE SHOW QUESTION”. If you would like to host a show, please email: info @ parcematone . com and put “LIVING ROOM SHOW” along with your CITY or TOWN in the subject line. If you can, it’s always great to see a few photos of your space, and any past shows you’ve hosted.

After locations and dates are scheduled the dates will be announced via my website, an event page and on social media.

NOW – HAVE YOU DECIDED TO HOST OR ATTEND A SHOW?

INFO FOR HOSTS

Thanks for hosting a show!

After we confirm the show date with you, we will need to gather details about your place that we pass along to fans who have purchased tickets. Here’s the info we need from you:

* Living Room Show address 
* Capacity (30-75)
 * Best day-of-show phone # for you 
* Parking instructions for guests
 * Parking instructions for performer
 * Seating plan (floor seating unless there is a better option)
 * Misc helpful details (use back door, front door, etc…) 
* Policy on alcohol

(Regarding alcohol..it’s totally cool if you don’t want people to bring alcohol. We realize shows in churches or commercial spaces have certain restrictions. It’s also okay if you just don’t want people to bring booze to your home for any reason. We’re happy to pass that info on to guests. This is what we usually tell guests if you are okay with guests bringing beverages: “The host is allowing attendees to bring a few beers or a bottle of wine to enjoy at the show. But please remember that this is a low-key intimate acoustic performance, not a party. Please pick-up after yourself after the show.”)

Once we have all the info, we’ll set up a public ticket link and event page and pass those along to you so you can invite friends from there. Everyone who buys tickets will get a PDF with details about the show including your address, phone number, parking info, arrival time, show time and seating situation. Your name, address or contact info will not be published anywhere on the internet. We don’t want people showing up at your house trying to buy tickets at the door.

You receive five free tickets (in addition to anyone who lives in the house). There’s no need to give us the names of your five guests, you can just let them in. Everyone else needs to buy tickets in advance through the ticket website. We do it this way so you don’t have to deal with any money at the show, the guest list is accurate and we are clear with accounting.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS/CLEAR EXPECTATIONS TO HELP IT GO SMOOTHLY ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW.

– We will send over the final list of names of ticket buyers the day of the show. All you have to do is check names off at the door and show people where to stand or sit. Most people bring a printed PDF as their ticket, some have a version on their phone. As long as their name is on the list, it’s cool to let them in.

– We ask guests to start arriving at your place after 7pm. Most artists arrive between 6:00-7:00pm to set up. The shows generally run from 8pm until 9:00 or 9:30pm. We let fans know ahead of time they should be out of your space by 10pm (unless you say it’s okay for folks to hang out later).

– Put on some background music at moderate to low volume so people can meet each other and chat before the show. Something you can turn off before the show starts and turn on after the show is over.

– We will need to borrow a chair (or multiple chairs if there’s more than one performer) to sit on during the show. Normal dinner table type chairs are fine. A small table or countertop space to lay out tour merchandise to sell after the show would be great.

– Some hosts put out food or snacks and some don’t. It’s not required or expected. Totally up to you.

– We specify on the hosting submission page that we don’t have opening sets on these shows. It’s what works best for us and guests in this environment. Please don’t ask us to make an exception to have your friend or favorite local songwriter play a few songs before the show. That puts us all in a weird spot when we have to say no. Thanks for understanding.

– We love dogs and cats…and rabbits and goats…we really do! But an upset pet barking or mewing, or an excitable pet running around during the show can be distracting for the guests and performers. A big loud squawking parrot or a loose python isn’t a good scene either (yes, both of those things have happened during friend’s shows). Please put pets out of the music room in a place where they feel safe, or lend them to a friend’s house and bring them back after the show.

– Mood lighting! It’s helpful to have some ambient lighting, a few lamps or overhead lights on a dimmer to set the mood. If you have no control over the lights, don’t worry about it.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. As our generous host or hostess, we like to make this as easy as possible for you. We’re here to help make this fun for everyone.

That said, please know and remember the musicians are on tour, and their focus is playing. Please do not expect us to eat dinner with you, play specific songs, spend the night, teach a music lesson, do promotional messaging, etc. The house show environment is one of mutual respect. It is an opportunity for us to play in a special environment and for fans to enjoy a night of dedicated music.

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS MODE OF TOURING AND PLAYING FOR FANS POSSIBLE.

INFO FOR ATTENDEES/GUESTS

TICKETS:
 No paper tickets will be sent to you. A link to download a PDF ticket will be in the confirmation email sent to you after your transaction is completed. Please double check the accuracy of your email address before your purchase. Set your spam filter to allow e-mails from our digital delivery provider “noreply-bpt@brownpapertickets.com”. Some areas will have the option of using an e-ticket. Please make sure you’ll have access to download your tickets anytime before the show.

ADMISSION: 
Bring your PDF ticket to the show (printed or on your phone). Your PDF ticket includes the show address, parking info, and other details. Please do not share this info with anyone unless they have also purchased a ticket. In addition, your name will be on a list at the door. All tickets will be listed under the purchaser’s name. Groups of two or more must arrive with the purchaser (example: Jeff Lebowski +3). You just need to bring one copy of your ticket for everyone in your group.

No one will be allowed to enter unless their name is on the list at the door. No additional tickets will be sold at the door. You must purchase tickets in advance to attend this show.

SHOWTIME:
 Arrival time and concert time will be on your ticket. It varies for different shows.

SEATING:
 Most shows are general admission floor seating. We’ll mention on each ticket what kind of seating is available and if you should bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor.

AUDIO/VIDEO:
 Please, no audio or video recording of the show. No photos in front row unless permission granted by performer. Non-flash photography is okay if done discreetly and with respect for the performance and other guests. Constant use of cameras, phones, etc. can be very distracting. Thanks for helping us make the show a good experience for everyone!

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. SORRY, NO REFUNDS:
 Due to the limited number of tickets please make sure you can attend before you make your purchase. If you can no longer attend a show you can transfer tickets to a friend. Contact us at least a day before the show to transfer your tickets so we can change the name on the guest list. All ticket transfers and name changes must go through parcematone.com or Brown Paper Tickets. WE WILL CANCEL ANY TICKETS RESOLD FOR HIGHER THAN ORIGINAL PRICE.

NAME CHANGES / TICKET TRANSFERS:
 Please email info @ parcematone . com BEFORE the day of the show to arrange any name changes or ticket transfers.

THE TICKET PRICE IS MONEY THAT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE BAND: 
The hosts are volunteering their space and do not handle the money or profit from the show in any way.

IMPORTANT:
 These are intimate acoustic performances being hosted in a private space. It’s not a party. Please be respectful of the performance, the hosts, their home and the neighbors as you come and go. By purchasing tickets you indicate you understand and agree that you attend a living room show at your own risk. We do our best to make sure each show is hosted in a place that can adequately and safely accommodate all guests, but you will be responsible for yourself and your own safety at all times. The performers, hosts, homeowners, Brown Paper Tickets, and other guests at the show will not be responsible for any injury or loss resulting from your attendance or any activities before, during, or after the show. We’ll work together with the host to make sure that any inappropriate behavior by hosts or guests is stopped, and if necessary, the host will ask uncooperative guests to leave. Please help us make this a good and positive experience for everyone so we can continue to do shows like this. Thank you.

Thanks to David Bazan, Undertow and Canyon Management for assistance in developing these guidelines.