March 28th, 2020 (CANCELED):
I do not know how many people received my E-mail announcement —
Sorry to report that the next two house concerts are canceled due to the corona virus outbreak.
This announcement is going to be a little long; go get a drink.
The news is doing a lousy job communicating the actual Good, Bad and the Ugly that is going on around us. They have spun everything in the name of politics, which is only feeding into the panic.
My information is 1st hand and my personal bias is actually minimal – I have been a guest working in one of the Response Agencies (ASPR/BARDA). I can assure you that what the Federal Government’s response agencies are doing is nothing short of amazing. They are the invisible agency that prepares the USA for things most of us never considered. They never get a mention on the NEWS or from the president when discussing the progress made, and they are the driving force for much of it.
A great group of very smart and dedicated people. You should buy them a round– if you meet one of them.
I do not think the panic is necessary. The vast majority of people who get infected will only have minor symptoms–keep that in mind. A very small percentage will have a difficult recovery, and some will not survive. Everyone should minimize risk of exposure to protect the small number who will get very sick. Infecting a grand-parent, parent or infant would be hard to live with if it was caused by being stupid.
The recommendation to socially isolate for 2 weeks, maybe longer, is justified and will help decrease the spread.
The majority of transmissions occurs prior to the infected person knowing they are sick.
The absolute BEST thing people can do is to use common sense: Follow the recommendations to not go out/socialize, wash your hands frequently and if you feel sick, stay home–PERIOD.
If you get diagnosed with it or have symptoms , do not panic. Odds (vast majority) are in your favor that you will be fine. Have everyone in your household self-quarantine to avoid possibly spreading it outside your home. Have that person avoid unnecessary close contact with other family members.
Separate any symptomatic family members to try to prevent spreading within the household. Consider everyone in the home under self-quarantine. That means you stay home for everything–no food shopping. Order it delivered and pay with a credit card over phone. Have them leave it at the door outside. It is that simple.
None of this is hard…Inconvenient, YES! My family was self-quarantined for 3-weeks. My oldest daughter was diagnosed with strep throat and pneumonia. Not common for a 20-year-old in spring. It took a long time to get her tested. The guidelines at the time were not testing minimally ill people, even if suspicious. Guidelines will evolve as resources change–for the better or worse. Accept it. Smart people are making decisions on how to maximize resources. My daughter did fine. We got the second test back April 7th and it is negative.
Take advantage of this time. We normally go through life complaining about having very little “down-time”. Now that it has been forced upon us– we want to complain about that as well. Enjoy what you can.. and have. Do not stress over things beyond your control.
If you get sick, notify your doctor by phone to let them know. They may or may not want to test/treat you if your symptoms are mild. If symptoms become more severe, do not wait until you are real sick with breathing problems to CALL the doctor or ER for advice. Always CALL first. The goal is to avoid exposure to others and protect yourself. They might not want you sitting in the waiting room, exposing others who might be there for something simple like a sprained ankle. You also do not want to be sitting in a waiting room for something that might be minor like seasonal allergies and anxiety, since you may be exposed unnecessarily to someone with it.
AGAIN–common sense. None of this should give you cause to panic.
So… getting to the real issue of this website.
Nothing like notifying you about canceling a house concert and asking you to still SUPPORT the Artist (if you can). Here are the facts–most/many of us will be minimally affected financially by the coronavirus outbreak. It will be inconvenient for everyone, but for some it will be devastating even without getting sick. People in the service industry, restaurants, bartenders, waitstaff and artists and so many others will have NO source of income. Most visiting this site will survive financially–bruised, even beat up–but not beaten. That is not true for touring artists whose entire income is based on performing gigs. I will focus on the arts, since this is what you are on this site for today.
The artist who was scheduled to perform is a perfect example and NEEDS our support.
James VanDeuson and his wife are on a nation wide tour, living on the road. They are currently 1000 miles from home. All of their up and coming gigs have been canceled because of this. Touring is the family’s primary source of income. They will not be able to weather this storm without some generous support from people like you, who support the arts.
Sometimes “support” requires more than attending a House Concert. I encouraged James to set up a “go-fund-me” type site for people to contribute and will include the links below. You can also support him by going to his website and buying (all) his CDs. He sent me an e-mail thanking me/you–below is a small clip from it, with the links. You might need to copy and paste the links to make them work. I made buttons for them; try that as well.
If you have not been destroyed by this outbreak, one way to count your blessings is to help those who have.
A donation or buying some music will not take food off of our tables, but it might put food on an artist’s, who actually is justified to PANIC with this outbreak. I cannot imagine what touring artists are going through.
Do not limit this response to only James. Look for ways you might be able to make a difference for all of the people in the service industry.
BUT, James is a good way to get started.
From James’ E-mail:
“If you can, help a couple of dreamers get through this. It will make meeting you folks in person, when it’s comfortable, that much sweeter.
We have CD’s available for purchase: @ https://www.jamesvandeuson.com/shop
Donations can also be made at https://www.jamesvandeuson.com/covid-19-donate
With love and gratitude,
James and Rebecca
After taking most of the winter off, Gary’s House Concert Series is taking off with back to back concerts in March and April. This will not become the norm. I had the opportunity to have two amazing solo artists perform on the same night and together. I could not turn it down. The site will highlight Paul Guzzone and Janie Barnett as time gets closer.
I am excited with the 2020 lineup. Each Artist is very different— I think you will be impressed. I am having to turn down some great bands because there is no room in the schedule.
Block off your Calendars now… tell your friends.
I will send out notices and invites about a month before each show.
March 28th, 2020 (Saturday): James VanDeuson
April 24th, 2020 (Friday): Paul Guzzone & Janie Barnett
June 27th, 2020 (Saturday): Ian Flanigan
August 15th, 2020 (Saturday): The Two’s
October 9th, 2020 (Friday): Sofia Talvik (returns)
Check the Artist’s website and find them on Social Media. Like, Stream, and Buy some of their music.
Support the Arts – It is a hard life on the road
James VanDeuson is singer/song writer from Cortland, NY. His music is a blend of American, Folk with a touch of blues. He has a very unique Dylanesque sound with influences from: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, John Prine, Neil Young, John Cragie, Gregory Alan Isakov, Harry Chapin and others. https://www.jamesvandeuson.com/home
New York, New York
Paul Guzzone is a singer/song writer, performer and CEO of Triple Z Music production. Paul has a long, successful history as solo career as well being the bassist-vocalist for the past 20+ years in the Bacon Brothers band. http://paulguzzone.com/
Brooklyn, New York
Virginia native Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, and American Folk Life Festival. Janie made her way to New York to conquer the very competitive freelance scene, and made a name for herself as one of the top session singer/musicians in town. https://janiebarnett.com/
Saugerties, New York
Ian Flanigan is a seasoned, acoustic singer-songwriter local to the Hudson Valley. His sound is an eclectic blend of progressive folk and percussive finger style that features a rich, husky voice and evocative lyrics. https://ianflaniganmusic.com/
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Two’s blend a cello, guitar and an amazing foot drum to create an amazing sound/style that I have never heard before. Vocals that are reminiscent of the Pretenders make for a unique listening experience. https://www.thetwosmusic.com/
Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik blends elements of Americana, Folk and Pop—impressive considering she is from Sweden. A veteran performer with 7 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. http://sofiatalvik.com/
Virginia based Appalachian, Celtic Roots band that brings a fresh young take on traditional American Appalachian and Celtic tunes as well as original music. https://probablywhiskey.com/
Brooklyn, New York
Adam Travis is a singer songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY. His music is optimistic and he approaches all of life’s ups and downs as a chance to learn and grow. He mixes a wide range of genres into his songwriting. https://atandthesoul.com/home
Largely self-taught, Trae has been described as a blend of Jackson Browne’s voice with John Denver’s guitar playing and Eagles songwriting is a good description. https://www.traesheehan.com/
A native Texan now calling Nashville home, singer/songwriter Ben Danaher sneaks his personal experiences while giving unforgettable melodies. Ben blends elements from Country, Blues, and Americana to help illustrate his stories.. https://bendanaher.com/
Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016 when the song received more than 101 million views. https://www.tedyoder.com/
Born to a jazz guitarist and a mother with a classical pedigree. His unique style draws influence from a variety of genres including pop/rock, folk, jazz, and blues. https://www.mattbednarsky.com/
The band includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. They craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, and nature imagery. Their style encompasses traditional folk, indie and classic rock. https://www.thewhisperingtree.com/
Marc rose to prominence as the autoharp-playing half of the Brobdingnagian Bards in the early 200os. After the group split up in 2008, Gunn became a prolific recording musician in the Celtic music community. He fuses his love of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy with his Scots-Irish heritage.
Freehold, New Jersey
Gigi Rich wrote her first song at age 13 and won Amateur Night at The Apollo Theater a short time later. After appearing on NBC’s The Voice at 16, Rich released her debut EP, All In My Head. https://www.gigirich.com/
Annalise Emerick was raised in Seattle and Austin, Texas, then moved to Boston. Emerick established herself with an acoustic guitar and a cache of catchy melodies” prior to moving to Nashville. http://annaliseemerick.com/
Kiya Heartwood is an international award winning folk singer song writer currently living in Texas. She has a long musical career with 6 solo albums, 9 albums with the Band Wishing Chair and 4 with Stealing Horses. https://www.kiyaheartwood.com/
Wishing Chair is an American folk-roots duo, consisting of songwriter Kiya Heartwood and multi-instrumentalist Miriam Davidson. The band formed in 1995 and released eight recordings on their own independent label. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wishing_Chair
WHAT IS A HOUSE CONCERT ?
When some up and coming bands tour, they will schedule House Concerts in between gigs as they travel across the country. It helps cover their travel costs and many Artists love the personal setting.
A long time ago I attended my first house concert for a band I followed since Med-School. It was an amazing experience. It is my favorite way to see live music… and it’s always music I love. I have been hosting them since we moved to our Woodbine home. I usually do 4 a year.
Variety is the Spice of Life
I try to find different styles of music, ranging from indie rock to folk, bluegrass and Celtic. The Artists often discuss the rich history of the genre, answer questions and socialize during the “Pot Luck” party and intermission.
Where else would you be able to see National and International Artists up-close and personal. Find them on YouTube. I will update this page as it gets closer.
When I host a House Concert, the music is usually preceded by a “Pot-Luck” gathering/party. Everyone is asked to bring something to eat or drink—to share. The Food/Drink people bring usually makes it interesting. You get to meet some fun people and socialize with the artist. Bring your favorite dish or appetizer – we all have something we’re famous for. Something ethnic, something different… Or bring some wine, beer or soda.
We usually have 20-30 people show up—so there’s a great variety of food and drink. I usually donate 3-Liters of Sangria, a 12-pak of beer and some Chips to start it off…. I also make Pulled Pork BBQ. I smoke and slow cook it with mesquite for 20+ hours on a Green Egg grill. It is my “signature dish”, but it’s not enough to feed a crowd.
⇒ Bring Your Favorite Drink ⇐
My Bar is stocked, but I try not to have it raided. It often does….I can’t charge if you drink from it, but you can, on an Honor System, Donate to the bar at the Slot Machine.
The $15-$20 donation I collect at the door — all (100%) goes to the artist.
Please don’t consider it an OPEN BAR.
Information for Artists
My name is Gary Della’Zanna. I am not involved in the music industry at all– but have made some interesting connections over the years. I am surgeon by training and currently work in cancer prevention research at the National Cancer Institute. I continue to practice surgery part time in Annapolis, MD.
I have been hosting house concerts since I moved to Woodbine, MD in 2013. I host between 4-5 concerts a year on Fridays/Saturdays. A week day house concert would not be well attended where I live.
I am surprised and grateful for the amazing Artists who are interested in performing at my House Concerts Series. Music is like a religion to me. It clears my mind, displaces stress and can bring me back to special times. It is better than any medicine or therapy I know of. The world is a better place because some very special people are willing to pursue their dreams.
I recognize that you will not be getting rich performing at my House Concerts. I do everything I can to make it worth your while, and show you the respect you deserve. I make no guarantees on attendance–but I work hard to fill the space. I must be doing something right, I have managed to attract amazing talent from all over the country—and so far everyone is willing and interested in coming back.
Details and Fine Print:
- I generally send out about 80+ invites to friends by e-mail and Facebook. People are encouraged to bring friends. Artists can promote it on their Social Media as well–It is open to all. I generally get between 18-40 people to show up. I had a couple recent shows with 50.
- There is a Pot-Luck dinner party before the show— Most guests show up for it and bring something interesting to share—Food or Drink. It is a great time and there are some interesting people.
- You can do what ever you want. Most artists perform 2-sets. The 1st set usually last about 45 min, followed by a 30-45 min intermission. Artists usually socialize, sign-up followers, and sell Merch during intermission. I estimate about 15-20% will buy CDs
- I collect the “Door” when I announce the intermission break. I wait until intermission because some people show up late and I think if people like the music they might be more generous. I ask everyone to donate $15-$20 for the artist. I always remind people that the life of an Artist is hard—and that you traveled far to perform for them. 100% of whatever is collected goes to the Artists.
- I have a large music room that is about 18 x 18, with a tuned baby grand piano that you can use. The room is open to a large foyer—with 24 foot ceiling and steps to sit on. I put chairs in the music room and half of the foyer. The foyer has a wide archway opening into another room I converted into a bar. There is plenty of seats and standing room.
- I do not have an AMP or Mics. Most artists bring their own. I do have some LED Spot lighting.
- Artists are welcome to stay the night and I will make sure there is something for breakfast. I have an in-law suite in the basement with a separate entrance. There are 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, a kitchen, full bath, TV room, game room, and wireless internet. If you do not need 2 rooms, I might put out of town guests in the extra room. I sometimes get people from NY, NJ, PA to show up for my House Concerts.
- You are welcome to stay a few days (before and/or after) my House Concert if you have other gigs in the area and don’t have a place to stay. No Room Service, but Free is always better than paying Baltimore and D.C. hotel rates. The in-law suite allows for some privacy- you will not be in the middle of everything. If you stay with us for a few days, you are welcome to join us for dinners–but don’t expect fancy. We generally eat dinners together– you’re own for Breakfast and Lunch.