Gary’s House Concert
After a long and difficult hiatus from life as we know it… I am happy to report that Gary’s House Concert Series is ready to open our doors.
Everyone in my household is fully vaccinated. Hopefully everyone who wanted to get vaccinated is by now and are/will be comfortable attending live events. If you haven’t been vaccinated because you have questions/concerns — I am more than happy to discuss the science to help you weigh the Pros and Cons— Politics, Press and Celebrity Scientists really did a lousy job.
Masks will not be required or discouraged—your call. The 1st concert will be in August, figuring it might take time for some people to feel comfortable to attend live music. I know going into a store without a mask feels weird now — I take mine off as soon as I see two other people without masks.
“Rebel without a Mask”
I was busy this week… Been trying to recreate the 2020 schedule. It was amazing and included a variety of music styles with some unique vocals. I contacted every Artist who was scheduled to reschedule. I was able to lock in two dates, actually three if you include Sofia Talvik in October 2022— details below.
I also want to THANK the regular attendees who continued to support the Artists during lockdown- buying their music and contributing to their streaming shows. I heard back from several Artists thanking me. I want to give a “Shout-Out” to Ian Flanagan—he was scheduled to perform in June 2020- just prior to being selected for NBC’s Voice. We will not be able to get him back. He came in 3rd and is now touring with Blake Shelton selling out stadiums—so happy for him. His manager offered a replacement band–which is under consideration.
Hopefully everyone will be ready for Fun, Food and LIVE music by August. Cheers
August 28, 2021
James is a traveling Singer/Songwriter from the foothills of Central New York. While driving with his partner in a retrofitted camper van, James writes folk songs that speak directly to the trials of the human condition. His most recent album is set to release in 2021.
In 2018 James released his debut album, “Dilation” recorded at Another Recording Company in Omaha, NE. In doing so, James is now on the list of ever-popular musicians including: Jason Mraz, Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, The First Aid Kit and many more who have had the opportunity to work with ARC. The album is now available on every format, including vinyl.
Check the Artist’s website (Click on Picture) 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
Sunflurry (previously known as 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.sunflurrymusic.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
I will send out notices and invites about a month before each show.
August 28th, 2021 (Saturday): James VanDeuson
October 9th, 2021 (Saturday): Sunflurry
(Still working on the 2021 schedule)
Sofia Talvik (Saturday): October 21st 2022
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.