We’re currently looking for people to host Seth Horan Living Room Shows from late September through early November.
(these are ballpark dates; subject to change until things start to take shape)
These shows will be my first live, in-person gigs in FIVE YEARS, and it’s been longer than that since I’ve seen most of you.
They say a human’s cells have been completely replaced every seven years or so…
…so that means WE ARE ALL, LITERALLY, DIFFERENT PEOPLE THAN WE USED TO BE.
I can’t wait to meet you all over again. =D
SO YOU WANNA HOST A LIVING ROOM CONCERT?
Thank you!! Please read everything below so you know how it works and get in touch right away if would still like to make this happen.
If you don’t live in any of the areas posted above, but would still be interested in hosting a concert, please read on — we may be able to work something out in between these listed cities, or on a different date down the road (I’m looking at you, Boston, NYC, and Philly!)
YEARS OF DOING THIS HAS TAUGHT ME…
…to make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let me borrow your living room for about 3 hours and check names off the guest list at the door as people arrive. In return you’ll get a very special evening to remember/cherish/brag about with friends new and old, and my eternal gratitude.
Are you interested in how it works? Read on:
1. You have a house, loft space, gallery or studio space that can comfortably and safely host at least 20 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or any easy-access interior space would would work. Be realistic on how many people your space can hold, because I need to know how many tickets can be sold in advance. Nearby parking or public transportation is always helpful… and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of the extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord.
(Also: We’re not doing any outdoor shows on this jaunt. Among other things, it ruins the whole “Living Room Shows” title.)
(Seriously though: thank you for not asking about outdoor shows.)
2. Ticket price will be $16. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets sales are direct to fan. Limit 5 tickets per person. I don’t expect anyone to “game the system”, but I want everyone to have the same chance of getting tickets. I have had two hosts ask about “just buying the whole room out” so they could give tickets to their friends for free. Please don’t do that, even if you’re in a position to. It’s important to me that the people who come are there to listen to music, and not because they feel socially obligated, because occasionally, folks who don't understand what's happening have a tendency to disregard audience etiquette, and sometimes they ruin the show for others.
(This is not to say that I wouldn't play at a private event where one person paid me a flat fee and invited people to come for free. This is to say: That isn't really a house concert, and that would be subject to an entirely different fee structure. Probably not on this trip. Fly me out for something like that.)
3. The host (obviously) does not pay for a ticket, nor should the host’s immediate, nuclear family. That said, please direct all interested friends and neighbors to purchase tickets online… even if "they’re like family”. Thanks for understanding that I’m on a budget. You might think “oh, just two extra people shouldn’t be a problem”… but that could be ten percent of my audience right there. (Also, parents of young children, see #10.)
4. I’ll provide the host with a detailed list of everyone coming to the show. Fear of the unknown is natural, but consider this if you’re nervous about weirdos showing up: They’re all the same sort of weirdos as you; people who like my music. One of the coolest things that happens at house concerts is that often strangers may arrive before the show begins, but very rarely do strangers ever leave at the end of the night. Bonding over a shared love of music is one of the most powerful things in the world.
Hosts won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive. Unless we arrange otherwise, I'll ask guests to arrive between 7:00-7:45pm. The shows usually start at 8pm and typically last from 75 to 90 minutes. Unless you say otherwise, I'll ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm.
5. Your home address will NOT be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.
6. The shows will promoted on my websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth.
7. I’ll ask for your help spreading the word on your social media, too. I’ll create a Facebook event for each show so you can easily invite your friends (Thank you!). Remember, please don’t post the address. The address only goes to people after they buy tickets.
8. You don’t need any sort of sound system. All you need is an open heart, an outlet where I can plug in my small bass amp, and some kind of ambient lighting like a lamp on a coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer.
9. You don’t need to be a bartender. You are not obligated to let guests anywhere but the performance area and the bathroom. Some hosts want to offer light refreshments, or just an ice water pitcher with solo cups, but some go all-out and open the invite to a pre-or-post-show potluck buffet. It’s your house, so it’s entirely your call.
10. The show is PG-13. If you’ve seen me perform, you know that I’m hardly ever overtly bawdy or raunchy, but I’m an adult, speaking adult words to introduce songs about adult things, and singing them from a pretty intense place. And there are a few stories that push the envelope. Consider this if you have young children, and please do not promote the show as “kid friendly”. Instead, say “get a sitter”.
11. I am *HORRIFICALLY* allergic to cats. It’s beyond mere sneezing. My throat closes up and I can’t breathe. This makes singing, talking, playing, and entertaining a room full of people very difficult. It’s severe; over-the-counter drugs do nothing to prevent it. If you are a cat owner, I love you just the same, but I can’t do a show in a space where cats call home. I’ve had people say “I’ll just sweep up and vacuum before you arrive”. It’s not enough. I’ve also had people tell me they *don’t have cats*, when they actually *DO have cats*, and then hope that they’ve done such a good cleaning job that I won’t notice or be affected. Please do not do this. If you have cats, it’s just not meant to be.
1. You read everything above and it’s all cool?
2. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with this info:
– a. Your address.
– b. A few photos of the space where the show will happen.
– c. Please put “Seth Horan Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.
3. Sit tight and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible if we can book the show at your house.
Thank you for your help!