Life on the Road
As you already realized the October 9th, 2020 Sofia Talvik show was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have her rescheduled for next year, so save the date (June 25th, 2021).
I anticipate that Gary’s House Concerts Series will resume early 2021, once the vaccine is widely available. Sofia Talvik is the only one that I have been able to lock in a date. I hope to invite all of the missed artists back.
Good News/Bad News- I am happy to report that Ian Flanigan, who was schedule for a June 2020 House concert, will be on the current season of the Voice. Great opportunity for him and look forward to seeing what we missed. Depending on the outcome — I doubt he will be able to be rescheduled. I will not write it off completely, We were able to host Gigi Rich, after she was a runner up on the Voice.
Like last post, this announcement is going to be a little long; getting a drink right now would not hurt and might increase your generosity.
Again–I am notifying you about canceling a house concert and asking you to still SUPPORT the Artist (if you can).
Here are the facts–many of us who were able to work from home and continue to get a paycheck were/are minimally affected financially by the coronavirus outbreak. Some of us actually saved more money than usual– No gas/tolls/parking for the commute to work, no dry cleaning, no meals out, etc.
Artists that perform at this level have had little to NO income over the past 8 months and the near future does not look much better. Life as an “up and coming” artist is hard during a GOOD year. I can’t imagine what they are going through.
Without some proactive “support”, many artists will essentially fall victim to COVID-19 and not survive.
Most visiting this site, and most of my friends, will survive financially–bruised, maybe beaten up–but not broken. That is not true for touring artists whose entire income is based on performing gigs.
Sofia Talvik is from Germany and had a cross country US tour scheduled. All of her gigs have been canceled since March 2020. She still NEEDS our support.
In these times, “support” means more than attending my house concert. You can also support her by going to her website and buying (some/all of) her CDs. Donate to a live-stream concert, stream her for free on Spotify, Amazon, Apple–and press the “like” button.
If you have not been destroyed by this outbreak, one way to count your blessings is to help those who have. It feels good!
A donation or buying some music will not take food off most of our tables, but it might put food on an artist’s.
Do not limit this to just this artist, consider some of the past artists as well. Look for ways you might be able to make a difference for all of the people in the service industry.
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
★ (Working on the 2021 schedule ) ★
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.