My house concert series in Norfolk, Virginia, features some of the best contemporary singer/songwriters in the land.
Grammy nominees and winners have been among the performers here. Over the years, those who have appeared include Kim Richey (above), Dave Alvin, Aoife O'Donovan, Jimmy LaFave, The Black Lillies, Slaid Cleaves, Kevin Welch, Peter Case, Marshall Crenshaw, Mary Gauthier, Greg Trooper, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Carrie Rodriguez, Amy Rigby, Garland Jeffreys, Steve Forbert (right), Eliza Gilkyson, Jeff Black, Jim Lauderdale and Chris Smither.
The 2014 season has ended with the best run of shows in the history of the series. Attendance has never been better and the sense of community is heartwarming.
The 2015 season is shaping up as another string of stellar shows. I am taking reservations for the Shannon McNally show on April 18.
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The Campaign for Mary's Place continues to honor Mary Wasteneys, a longtime friend of the series, who died of cancer a few years ago and left money to purchase the tent that is our sanctuary for shows. If you want to contribute, just let me know.
Like us on Facebook and stay in touch. The acts booked so far for the 2015 season range from Texas songwriter Darden Smith to the literate Scottish rocker Lloyd Cole to the cool vibe of San Francisco's Chuck Prophet.
For reservations to the Shannon McNally show, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
What is a House Concert? Just what it sounds like. I book a performer, set up chairs, sound and lights and put out a few snacks. It's an intimate, smoke-free evening of music. All money collected through the donation at the door goes to the performer. In fact, money comes out of my pocket for each show.