Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.
COVID-19 August 28, 2021
I am not ignoring the delta variant data, it’s just hard to separate fact from sensation. Headlines written to instill fear could just as easily be written to reassure—using the same data presented in the article.
“Two Major San Francisco Hospitals Reported that 233 Staff Members Tested Positive for COVID-19”
Looking at all the data, only 0.6% of the staff tested positive, and “most of those staff” presented with mild to moderate illness. Considering the efficacy of the two vaccines were originally reported as about 95%, before the delta variant, I am not sure how the above data (99.4% protection rate) is not being celebrated as reassuring and amazing.
My entire family is vaccinated. CURRENTLY masks will be neither required nor discouraged at the concert (if you want to wear one, nobody will give you a hard time; if you don’t want to wear one, nobody will give you a hard time). If the data changes, we may need to reevaluate the mask issue.
The simplest thing to do is use common sense and do whatever makes you feel safe and comfortable. If you have questions or concerns about getting vaccinated, I am more than happy to share what I know.
Support the Arts…or we’ll have to listen to each other
James VanDeuson August 28, 2021
I cannot describe how much I am looking forward to hosting James VanDeuson to kick-off the Post Pandemic return of Gary’s House Concert Series on August 28, 2020.
This year has been hard on all—Artists especially. Hopefully everyone is vaccinated that wanted to get vaccinated. Masks will be neither required nor discouraged. Getting out of the house for some Live Music and see friends—New and Old—will be the best therapy I can think of.
James VanDeuson is a Singer/Songwriter from the foothills of Central New York. His music is a blend of Americana, Folk with a touch of blues. He has a very unique Dylanesque sound with influences from: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Neil Young.
His songs speak directly to the trials of the human condition- dark at times, there is light. You’ll find love, loss, gratitude and many other aspects of what life throws at us woven into the fabric of this music.
James is back to touring the USA promoting his newest album, set to release mid-2021 (not yet titled). He released a single on MAY 10th 2020 called Half Way HOME (Single) and has several recent YouTube videos.
“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence”
James VanDeuson - Gravestone
James VanDeuson - Power Lines
“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”
2021 - 2022 Schedule Save the Date
Pot-Luck Happy Hour – 6:45p
Music Starts – 8:00p
James VanDeuson: August 28, 2021
Sunflurry: April ?, 2022
Carrie Welling: June 10, 2022
Sofia Talvik: October 21, 2022
(Possibly October 14, 2022)
What is a House Concert? Why Do it?
When up and coming bands out grow their local venues, they tour. It is crazy expensive living on the road so 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 (Wishing Chair). It was an amazing experience. This is now my favorite way to see live music… and its always music I love. Professional venues often falls short of my expectations now. I have been hosting them since we moved to our Woodbine home—about 9 years and usually do 4-6 a year.
Variety is the Spice of Life
I try to find different styles of music, ranging from indie rock to folk, bluegrass, country and as many unique Instruments as I can find. I am still trying to find a promising Celtic performer. 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.
“Music is my religion”
Pot-Luck Happy Hour
Every House Concert is kicked off with a “Pot-Luck” Happy Hour. A lot of guests bring something to eat or drink—to share. Usually enough to share with 6 or 7 people. (We can’t have 30 people bring enough food to feed 30). The variety of Food/Drink people bring makes it a great time. You get to meet some very interesting people and socialize with the artist.
Bring your favorite dish/appetizer – we all have something we’re known for. Something ethnic, something different… Or out of a box. Wine, beer or soda is always safe.
We usually have 20-30 people show up—so there’s a great variety of food and drink. I usually contribute 3-Liters of Sangria, a 12-pak of beer and some Chips to start it off…. I also make 6-8 pounds of Pulled Pork BBQ. It is my “signature dish”.
⇒ Bring Your Favorite Drink ⇐
I have a pretty cool Bar that is fully stocked, but I try/hope not to have it raided during a show. It often does….I won’t charge if you drink from it, but you can, on an Honor System, Donate to help re-stock the bar at the Slot Machine–it takes bills.
The $15-$20 donation collected at the door — all (100%) goes to the artist.
Please don’t consider it an OPEN BAR.
“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
Prior House Concert Artists
“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
Information for Artists [email protected]
My name is Gary Della’Zanna. 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 am not involved in the music industry at all– but have made some interesting connections over the years.
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. Prior to COVID-19 I had a couple shows with 50.
- There is a Pot-Luck Happy Hour 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 a Baby Grand Piano and 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.