Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What a treat - Danielle Howle house concert on October 28

House concert: (hous KON-sert) - A gathering of friends and neighbors in an intimate home setting to celebrate and support local musicians.

OK … so I kind of made up that definition, but that does describe the concept.

The practice of house concerts goes back generations to Appalachian traditions. Performers en route to another gig may have a free night so they would play at a host’s home along the way in exchange for a good meal and place to lay his head. The host would charge a small ticket price with proceeds going to the performer.
So that’s what’s going on October 28 – a house concert featuring the fabulous Danielle Howle.
And actually Danielle is kind of en route to another performance (she kicks off touring with the Indigo Girls out west starting November 11), and this will be her last hometown date before she takes off … so let’s give her a huge Columbia send-off.
If you aren’t familiar with Danielle’s work, you need to be! Friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @DanielleHowleMusic. Or just go right to her website and buy your ticket today ($20/ticket). You can certainly pay at the door, but it sure would help if you purchase a ticket in advance so we know how many to prepare for at the house. All the ticket sales go to the performers.
I’ve loved Danielle’s music for many years going back to when she got started in the early 90s as “Danielle Howle and the Tantrums.” Over the years, she has shared the stage with the likes of the Indigo Girls, Mark Bryan and Bob Dylan. Danielle has already done two house concerts at Chez 1425, so I’m thrilled she can do this again.
And we really get a two-fer from this. Charleston-based Hans Wenzel will be opening for Danielle. I wasn’t familiar with his music when Danielle first mentioned him, but I took a listen and agree with her – it will be a huge treat to hear him live.
If the weather holds, we’ll be outside with the fire pit and string lights. There will be a good many chairs, or bring your own or a blanket for picnic-style seating if you want. If we’re inside, we’ll just wedge into the living room.

So in the spirit of a true house concert, bring whatever you want to sip and a snack to share...this is potluck at it's best!