Want to get booked here? Read the requirements before emailing.
- How long do I play for?
- You play two 45-minute sets, with a 15-minute break in between.
- What instruments can I play?
- Most performers play either acoustic guitar or keyboard, but you’re welcome to bring an electric guitar (as long as you keep it down), a djembe, a cello, or anything else relatively quiet.
- Can I use a PA/do I need a PA?
- Performers here have played both with a PA and unplugged. It’s up to you — whatever you’re most comfortable with.
- Do you have a PA?
- Do you have a DI?
- Do you have a microphone?
See a pattern here? (You’re responsible for bringing your own gear.)
- Do you have 9-volt battery?
- Anything else?
- I do have a pen, paper, a clipboard and assorted screwdrivers.
- How many people can I have in my band?
- Due to space constraints, only one or two people from the band can play.
- What time should I arrive?
- Load-in is at 6:30 if you have a PA. If you’re playing unplugged, you can come by around 7.
- Can I have an opening act?
- No. To keep the show logistics simple, and ensure the show is financially viable for you, I limit it to one act per show.
- When do I get paid?
- After your set, we pass a hat around, and everyone throws money in. Then you get the hat. (Then you take the money, and give me back my hat. :-) )
- Do I get a guarantee?
- What do you need from me?
- I need a high-resolution photo suitable for printing, your email address, your cell phone number, and what food and drinks you’d like in the green room.
- Can I stay over?
- I have a spare bed, which is usually available. If you need accomodation, let me know.
I only book people I’ve gone out to see. This usually happens serendipituosly—I’ll like an opener or random band at a festival. Other times, I check out shows based on recommendations from friends. Unsolicited band requests make up at most 5% of the bands I book. (Note: I still need to see you perform first.) If you think my series would be a good fit, read on.
For me to consider booking you, you must, at a minimum:
- be a singer-songwriter (I do not host instrumental acts, vocalists, world music or cover bands)
- live outside the
San Francisco Bay Area (this includes Marin county down to to Santa Cruz) New York City area
- have performed live with me in the audience (video clips or recordings are insufficient)
Please do not:
- Send me a press kit or EPK
- Subscribe me to your mailing list
- Include me as part of a mass-mailing
- Email me via an address other than the one listed on this site
- Attach files to your email (such as Word documents, MP3s or photographs)
- Include extraenous information, such as a performance history or reviews
- Name-drop (yawn)
Please write a clear, succinct email. The following are examples of poor subject lines people have used when contacting me:
- UK songwriter
- Scottish duo
- Music, etc.
- Musician found this site
- Booking a House Concert
- Booking A Performance (Maybe?)
- Interested in performing
- Musician interested in House concerts
- house Concerts
- Possible House Concert
- Hi Paul - Referred by xxxxxx
- howdy paul
- Hey Paul
- Area shows in Nov
- Touring Musician In Area Feb 2009 (is this an Onion headline?)
Here are a few examples of good subject lines:
- Berkley Hart in November
- Booking Chris O'Brien in August?
- attn: Paul/Booking/Gabrielle Louise
- How do you choose who plays at your place?
- I ask people I’ve seen (and liked) to play here. I have to be confident a bunch of strangers who aren’t avid music fans (like me) will like you. I book acts who aren’t local to the bay area — people who wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to play a full gig here.
- Can I play at your place?
- If I haven’t see you play, let me know when you’ll be in the bay area, and I’ll check your performance out.
- What if you’ve seen me play?
- Well, if you’re on this list, you have an open invitation to play here at a mutually convenient time:
And some folks I’d really like to see live, but haven’t yet:
If you’re not, ask next time you see me.
There are, of course, other people who I’d love to see play here—but it wouldn’t be feasible for them to do so.
- Should I send you a press kit?
- No, please don’t. Just send me a link to your web site and let me know where I can see you play.