Save the Date. The Next “Gary’s House Concert Series” has been scheduled for Friday, July 21st, 2017. Pot-Luck Party starts at 6:30pm, the Music will start around 7:00pm. Read the “About” page if you are new to this.
Gigi Rich is a pop singer/songwriter who is touring to promote her debut EP, “All In My Head.” The album features five original songs. Her lyrics are influenced by personal experiences; “I don’t write about anything that I have not personally experienced. “I want people to read my lyrics and know me, to not only listen to my music, but to feel it…” Her music style is influenced by iconic artists such as James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys.
“All In My Head” represents the evolution of a young woman on her journey to be that undeniable force as a vocalist, performer, and songwriter.
Born Gianna Richelle Salvato, the fiery redhead now known as Gigi Rich grew up in Freehold, New Jersey. Gigi wrote her first song at age 13. It won awards and went on to top the Songwriter’s Circle charts for several months. Building on this success, she performed at the Apollo Theater and was also selected by Bill Seidman to participate in the BMI-sponsored professional songwriters workshop. As a true testament to her ambition, she graduated high school at age 16, has attended classes at Juilliard, and is currently taking on-line classes at Berklee College of Music, all while maintaining a busy rehearsal, performance and writing schedule.
In 2014, she continued her journey by taking her talents to national television, appearing on season seven of NBC’s The Voice. She ultimately landed a coveted spot on Team Gwen where Gwen Stefani was her musical mentor. This incredible experience, as well as working with Gwen, taught her the importance of stage presence and also helped define her style. Gigi has already begun writing for her next EP and is looking forward to some exciting new collaborations.
Gigi Rich - Same Kind of Crazy
Kiya Heartwood is returning on September 16th 2017. She is touring with fiddle player Sarah Stollaka.
Kiya is an award winning, internationally touring, roots/folk singer songwriter, composer and change artist. The UK’s Broadway Baby describes Kiya Heartwood as “an award-winning American singer-songwriter who writes smart, funny and poignant songs about the famous and not-so-famous legends of America.” Heartwood “serves up a lively batch of original songs that follow on to two of the oldest traditions of folk music: storytelling and political broadside.” She has won many awards, including S. Florida Folk Festival, Outmusic Songwriter of the Year, and 2008 Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. Kiya tours solo and with her fiddle player, Sarah Stollak. Kiya makes her happy home in Austin, TX. She is also the Artistic Director of the People’s Orchestra of Austin. More at www.kiyaheartwood.com
Save the Date
The next “scheduled” house concert is Ted Yoder on November 11, 2017, so save the date! It takes a fair amount of planning ahead to arrange for artist from far away to perform. He is a hammered dulcimer performer who plays classic rock songs (Tears for Fears, Eagles, Kansas, Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel). I contacted him after seeing his video on Facebook about 9 months ago.
His rendition of Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears) has over 640,000 views on YouTube. Some of the original band members from Tears for Fears (Curt Smith and Jamie Wollam) saw it on YouTube and were impressed enough to stop by his house for a private show. You need to see the video to understand why it is so cool. Where else will you be able to see a hammered dulcimer performance up-close and personal.
I’ll update the website as the schedule gets finalized.
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. I just confirmed scheduling Ted Yoder, a hammered dulcimer performer who plays classic rock songs. He will be here on November 11, 2017. Where else would you be able to see this up-close and personal. Find him on YouTube, he’s amazing. 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 might have to start clearing it out before shows – which would be sad. 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.