A house concert is a wonderful way to hear Sapphire Creek in an intimate setting with your good friends. Imagine an intimate, acoustic musical evening with friends accompanied by wine and cheese or dessert.

You can attend a house concert -- or if you want Sapphire Creek at your house, contact us and we will send you information about how to invite your friends. Once you do the invitations, we’ll be in close communication with you. We will take care of keeping track of the reservations and we will keep you informed of the progress of how many people are coming and how you should prepare.

For more information, contact Julie at juliewuertz.biz@gmail.com

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What is a House Concert?

A. A house concert is exactly that-- a concert in a home – an open home, a casual living room, and a musician sharing songs and stories. It’s a chance to meet performers, and it’s a great social evening with neighbors and friends. It’s a wonderful way to experience music without the hassle of noisy cappuccino machines, loud hecklers, and beer bottles being thrown into aluminum trashcans. You hear an acoustic sound in an intimate setting. There’s no smoke, no drunks, and no “suits.”

A house concert is a private party in a private home. These parties are NOT a business nor are they a business related activity. They are strictly a hobby and are simply gatherings of our friends and guests to enjoy live acoustic music, fellowship, food, and fun. Our house concerts are officially free (or else it might be considered a business), although voluntary contributions are accepted at the party on behalf of the artists. 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers. And a house concert is not open to the public. It is by invitation only.

Q. Why don’t you have the concerts outside on a backyard patio since the weather in southern California is usually nice?

A. In some cities, outdoor concerts sometimes involve the homeowner getting a noise permit. Some cities have a noise curfew. No noise permit is required if the concert is indoors, but a concert on a patio is certainly a whole lot of fun.

 Q. Is this a house party?

A. No.

Q. How long have house concerts been around?

A. There is some debate on this, but we could trace house concerts all the way back to the Middle Ages when "wandering minstrels" would go from manor house to castle to farmstead trading stories and songs for an evening's room and board. Certainly in the 1800s, "parlor parties" were a very popular form of entertainment in the United States. The more modern "House Concert" probably evolved in the mid 1900s.

Q. Doesn't it cost you time and money?

A. Yes, it costs us money to host these concerts. Hosts spend money for coffee, soft drinks, desserts, paper plates, paper cups, napkins, flyers, and more. Hosts also spend a great deal of time for the planning and set up of each show. Of course, there is also the "wear and tear" on the house... But hosts love music!

 

Q. How many people can you fit into a home?

A. It depends on the home. Most hosts can squeeze 20 people into a front living room. Some people can stand in doorways if they don’t mind. Hosts set up about 20 chairs for these evenings. When it gets crowded, some can stand along the sides or in the back. It's a casual atmosphere and most people who attend aren't really that concerned with seating. It's a fairly small room without a bad seat in the house.

Q. How much does this cost me?

A. Hosts request a "voluntary suggested donation" at the concert. The reason we call it a "voluntary suggested donation" is that we are not a business. Turning this into a business would create all sorts of extra work and expense on our part. Hosts are simply hosting an evening with friends and music lovers.

However, our "voluntary suggested donation" is still as close to being mandatory as we can make it. We have a donation bowl to collect the money (cash only) on behalf of the performer. We work on the honor system and need everyone's participation. We find that nearly everyone puts in the suggested amount and some people even put in a little extra. Remember 100% of the donations go directly to the performers.

Q. May I bring my pet?

A. No.

Q. How can I attend?

A. Just send an email RSVP to Julie and tell her that you would like to RSVP for a show. Place HOUSE CONCERT in the subject area and please be sure to specify which show, how many people will be joining you, and if there are any special occasions. If you have never been here before, you'll need directions, so we’ll send those to you. We will send you a confirmation email telling you that we've added you to the RSVP list.

There are no tickets. You should get that return email within 48 hours of sending in your RSVP. If you don't... it means we didn't get your email, so please try again. Only people who get a confirmation email from us will be on the RSVP list. Reservations are on a first email received, first come basis.

Q. What if I RSVP and then can't make it?

A. PLEASE be sure to let us know. Many house concerts fill up weeks in advance. So there is a good chance that we will have a Waiting List for the show. If you are on the RSVP list for a particular concert but will not be able to attend, please be sure to let us know as soon as possible so that we'll have the opportunity to include someone from the Waiting List. This is a courtesy not only to the people on the Waiting List, but also to the performer who would love to see a full house!

Q. What if I want to add more people to my reservation?

A. Email us and find out if there is room on the RSVP list for the house concert you want. If there is, we will be happy to increase the size of your party.

Q. What kind of environment is the evening?

A. Casual. We go for the warm and cozy feel in the winter and the cool and relaxed feel in the summer. Dress is "California Casual". Our home is a smoke-free environment. We ask everyone to honor this and please keep all cigars, pipes and cigarettes outside. We also insist NO DRUGS OF ANY KIND... chocolate not withstanding!! We have a nice coffee and dessert buffet that includes all types of cookies, cakes, and pies along with coffee and soda. We may serve wine occasionally. We will ask anyone who appears intoxicated in our home to leave and not to return. Among our friends, we are happy to say this has never been a problem.

Q. Should I take my shoes off?

A. Sure, if you want to, but be sure to wear clean socks.

Q. Will there be dancing?

A. Probably not. There’s not much room.

Q. May I take pictures?

A. Yes, and email them to friends and post them on Facebook, but please keep flash photography to a minimum.

Q. Can I record the concert?

Sure. Then post it on Facebook.

Q. Is there an age requirement?

A. People of any age are welcome. However, it’s important that everyone remain quiet throughout the performance. If you plan to bring young children, talk to us beforehand. 16 years-old is the general cutoff age.

Q. Can I blog about this concert?

A. Absolutely.

Q. Will there be CDs and merchandise for sale?

A. Yes.

Q. Who should I bring?

A. Bring a friend! Bring a date! Bring your mom! Bring all three!

Q. What should I bring?

A. Drinks and snacks will be provided, but if you’d like to bring something to share, most hosts will not stop you. Please contact the host in advance if possible.

Q. Anything else I should know?

A. Please turn off the ringer on your cell phone.