The music industry has called for tomorrow, June 2nd to be known as Blackout Tuesday to provoke accountability and change through #TheShowMustBePaused - a day to take a beat for honest, reflective, and productive conversations about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black Community. So for one day, no online shows.
I am pursuing self-education on these issues. We invite you to commit time and learn using any of the links put together by Folk Alliance International at bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES.
Finally, we extend our sincere condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Donnie Sanders, Tony McDade, and all the others who have been taken from us by the racism we must combat.
Black Lives Matter.
We are following the guidance to stay in and exercise social distancing. We don't know when we will do shows in person again. We are investigating whether it makes sense for artists for us to host virtual shows. If you would attend a virtual show, please get in touch via the email link at the bottom of this page.
In the meantime, you can still hear lots of live music on the internet. I've written a post about how you can Support Indie Musicians while we are all Social Distancing. There are links to a couple of Facebook pages with lists of online concerts coming up. I'm also posting selected online concerts to the Windy City Music Calendar on this site.
Be safe, stay in as much as you can, and wash your hands!
Windy City House Concerts is the name we gave our private listening parties for our friends. We welcome new friends who love live music, but you must get in touch ahead of time to get an invitation. Reservations are required for all shows so that we make sure everyone gets a seat.
A house concert is just what the name suggests: a concert in a house. More accurately, it is really a concert in a home, since the word house doesn’t convey the sense of warmth and welcome that characterizes a house concert. House concerts are magical for both the musicians and the listeners. Everyone is together, up close and personal, the musicians to play and the audience to listen. Our home is in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Our shows feature acoustic musicians performing folk, acoustic, singer/songwriter, traditional, bluegrass and blues music.
Our house concerts are private parties for our friends. We welcome new friends who love live music, but you must get in touch ahead of time to get an invitation. Reservations are required for all shows so that we make sure everyone gets a seat.
An artist donation is requested for the musicians. This is a voluntary donation. All of the donations go directly to the musician. We suggest an amount to help the musicians get paid. They only get the donations, merchandise sales and a place to stay with meals. If the suggestion is more than you feel comfortable with, we still welcome you to attend and contribute what you can once you have an invitation.
What’s in it for us? We get to hear great musicians play in our living room and share the music with our friends. House concerts are a social occasion – we start off with a potluck of food and wine brought to share and a chance for everyone to visit. Then we move to the living room to listen to the music. Usually, the musicians play two sets.
We’ve been doing this for a while, previously in Las Cruces, New Mexico where we hosted Las Alturas House Concerts from 2007 until 2012.
Our house is smoke-free.
Upcoming shows are listed as a series of links at the link beginning this sentence or in the top navigation on all pages. Click on the link for a show to see details and get links to the musicians’ web pages where you can listen to their music. Scroll down the Upcoming Shows page to see past shows.
For more information, please contact Lee at 312-810-3067 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To get emails about our shows, please click here to subscribe to our mailing list. For invitations to specific shows, please click on the link on the show page or call Lee at 312-810-3067.