What is a House Concert? A house concert is a chance to experience live music in a warm and intimate environment. It's when someone opens up their home to share a performance by one of their favorite musicians. It's a chance to meet the performers and get them to sign their CD. A house concert is also a great social evening with friends andneighbors. Please note: "Concerts in the Attic" is simply the name we chose to describe our private parties, in our private home. These parties are NOT a business nor are they a business related activity. They are strictly a hobby for us, and are simply gatherings of our friends and guests to enjoy live acoustic music, fellowship, food and fun. Our concert parties are officially free, although voluntary contributions (suggested donation of $20 per person, generally) are accepted at the party on behalf of the artists. 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers.
Are these shows open to the public? Our house concerts are private, invitation-only events.
How do I get invited? Anyone is welcome to request an invitation and hold up to 4 seats. Invitation requests are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. To request an invitation, go to our home page and fill out the online form for the event. We will send you an email confirming your invitation. There are no tickets. Please note: Your invitation is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from us.
If an event is full, is there a waiting list? Yes. Once we reach max capacity for an event, we will take a few extra requests for the waiting list. We usually begin contacting people on the waiting list around 4:30pm on the day of the event if there are extra seats.
How much does it cost to attend a show? Although our shows are free, we have a "suggested voluntary cash donation" of $20 per person at most of our house concerts. 100% of these contributions go directly to the musician to defray their expenses and provide some compensation for their time and considerable talent. Please note that you are free to donate, as many do, more than the suggested amount to show your appreciation to these amazing musicians. Artists will have CDs and merchandise on hand, so bringing some extra cash is always a good idea. Is the show really in the attic? Yes. The show is actually in the attic of Sarah’s house which requires climbing a moderately steep set of stairs. Guests with physical limitations are welcome to listen to the show from the back room downstairs. You should be prepared for tight quarters during the show. We always take a break mid-show to allow guests to stretch their legs and use the facilities. Where are you located? We are in the historic Fairmount neighborhood in Fort Worth, Texas. We will send you our address and specific directions in your confirmation email.
What time should I arrive? Doors open at 4:00 pm. Show time is 5:00 pm. There is no opening act. Please arrive thirty minutes to an hour prior to show time so that the show is not delayed. We usually begin contacting people on the waiting list around 4:30. If you are going to arrive later than that, contact us and we will hold your seats as long as possible.
How long are the shows? Shows usually end around 8:30 to 9:00pm and are followed by an acoustic song circle until 11:00.
What should I bring? Guests are encouraged to bring acoustic instruments (no percussion please), potluck dishes and your beverage of choice. We will have some cooler space and ice or you can bring your own small cooler. No coolers in the attic please. Of course we ask that you drink responsibly and designate a driver.
Can I go up to the attic early and save my seats? No, we cannot allow early entry into the attic to save seats. Only the artists, hosts and sound engineer will be allowed in the attic prior to show time. This is to ensure that the artist is able to check their sound and warm up without audience members in the room.
What if I RSVP and then can't make it? If you have confirmed an invitation for a particular concert but will not be able to attend, please be sure to let us know as soon as possible so that we'll have the opportunity to include someone from the waiting list. This is a courtesy not only to the people on the waiting list, but also to the performer who would love to see a full house!
How do you pick your performers? Since there are a limited number of shows we can host in a year, we often find it difficult to book all the artists we’d like. Many of our past performers like to return year after year. Also, referrals from past performers account for a good percentage of the artists we've hosted. We give them extra consideration. And we do sometimes contact musicians who we would like to host a show for. There is something special about hosting a show for one of our long-time favorite artists. We do accept unsolicited submissions and we try to listen to and consider all of them, however, our calendar fills up very quickly with only a couple of slots available to new performers.