November 2nd, 2019
Pot-Luck Party: 6:30p
Music: about 7:45
Gary’s House Concert Series is excited to host Probably Whiskey for our Fall show.
Probably Whiskey is an Americana, Celtic roots band founded in 2018. Kirstyn and Phil have taken great pride in sharing the Appalachian Roots traditions they have grown up with and continue to learn and study.
Not only do they have a great respect for the past but they have also have begun to move roots music forward. By substituting the saxophone for the fiddle they have given traditional tunes a fresh new sound that is both enjoyable as well as audibly fascinating. This past year Probably Whiskey was a headliner at the 25th annual Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music and Arts Festival. In July they also celebrated the release of Philip’s debut solo album “Spiess” which the band also performs songs from. It is available on cdbaby.com, ITunes, Apple Music, and Amazon music. Tinderbox Music has said of Philips writing:
“The music rides a really nice line between Americana and Honkey Tonk country with a hint of Celtic– that draws the listener to focus on the story telling happening with their lyrics.”
Support the Arts or they will go away…. and we will be forced to listen to each other.
Probably Whiskey: Cyclone
Probably Whiskey: The Parting Glass
Probably Whiskey: Virgins Deadly Curse
The next House Concert (after this one) has not been scheduled…
I had a couple New Artists in the works, but scheduling has not been locked in. Sofia Talvik will will be back in the USA doing an East Coast tour in 2020 and I have her tentatively booked for October 2nd 2020.
Let me know if you want me to invite anyone else back or if you have an Artist for me to consider.
I was going to see if I could get The Whispering Tree back and/or possibly convince Wishing Chair to do a Reunion gig.
I am still working on getting an Irish Folk singer/band.
“You” are as much a part of the success of this House Concert series as I am so let me know what you think.
October 9th, 2020 (Friday): Sofia Talvik (returns)
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 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.
Please don’t consider it an OPEN BAR.
(Click on Picture for Artist’s Page)
Check their website to see where they are performing and to buy some music.
Support the Arts – It is a hard life on the road
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.