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Homeward Sound: The Culture of Living-Room Concerts

For touring musicians, the ease and profitability of living-room concerts prove there is no place like home.

Midwest house concert pioneer Rick Wood.
Courtesy of Rick Wood
Midwest house concert pioneer Rick Wood.
Lake Street Dive in Rick Wood's living room.
Nate Burrell
Lake Street Dive in Rick Wood's living room.

"There are things that I love about playing clubs," he adds. "There's something about standing in front of a killer drummer with a very loud guitar amplifier. But playing living rooms is pretty incredible, man. It can kind of renew your faith in music-making, and playing in clubs can kind of do the opposite."

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1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

Shoulda' checked out Bill Mallonee, who exists almost solely on house shows.  Not to mention the fact that he was voted #65 of the top 100 songwriters by Paste magazine.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

my problem with most house concerts is they are often somewhat precious. i'll still take a noisy club over a house show any night.

kangoids
kangoids topcommenter

Long Live the Wood House Concerts!

Where else will Alejandro Escovedo come right up to you, stick out his hand and say "Hi! I'm Al"? 

 
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