What is Lakeside Music?
Lakeside Music is a house concert series hosted by Bob and Dani Goodband.
It is located outside Manhattan, Kansas.
What is a house concert; is it a party?
A house concert is a musical performance in someone’s home. It is a small gathering of people who come to listen to music. These shows are sometimes called ‘listening rooms’ and although great fun and foster a wonderful sense of community, they are not what is traditionally thought of as a ‘party’.
Listening Room Network (formerly Concerts in Your Home) has a great description here:
What type of musicians do you host?
Lakeside Music hosts nationally and internationally touring artists who make their living performing music. We host artists representing all musical genres—Americana, Folk, Celtic, Jazz, Blues, Classical, World, Indie, Bluegrass, Country, Swing—in all configurations—solo singer-songwriters, duos, trios and bands.
Do you charge admission?
We do not charge admission; however we ask for a donation of $20/person.
100% of this donation goes directly to the artist.
What happens at a house concert?
This is how we do things at Lakeside Music (usually!)
*Doors open at 6:30pm.
People arrive, put their donation in the fishbowl by the entry, find their seats, visit with friends, etc.
*The music starts at 7pm.
We generally try to start right on time so if you join us, please try not to be late. The space is small and late arrivals are disruptive to the performance.
*The first set of music lasts ~35 to 45 minutes, then we break for ‘halftime’.
*After ‘halftime’, the audience is reseated for the second set.
This set lasts ~30 to 35 minutes.
What is ‘halftime’?
Halftime is what we call our intermission. It is the time between musical sets when folks come out to the kitchen for snacks and drinks, stretch their legs, visit with the artist and each other. Most all the artists we host have merchandise with them to sell (CDs, LPs, etc.). This is a great time to check out the merch and support the artist by making a purchase.
Do I need to bring anything?
Other than your donation to the artist, there is nothing you need to bring.
Most folks BYOB and a snack to share at halftime, but neither are necessary.
Is a house concert open to the public?
A house concert is a private, invitation-only event and is not open to the public.
How can I get an invitation?
Contact Dani (firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-313-7112) for your invitation.
We always have room for new friends at Lakeside Music!
Do I need to RSVP?
RSVPs aren’t ‘required’ but we prefer you do.
Our audience numbers range from 20 to 60 for any given show. As you can imagine, we set up our house (move chairs, set up the folding chairs, etc.) differently for a show depending on the expected crowd size. If RSVPs are required for a particular performance, it will be indicated on the website announcement page.
Can I bring friends?
Please do! We do not advertise our series and depend on our email list, website and word of mouth from our friends to grow our audience. If you have friends you think would enjoy a show here at Lakeside Music, we’d love to meet them.
Can I post a Lakeside Music show on my social media?
Yes, that would be great—but please follow the rules!
House concerts are not public events. To ensure it is not perceived as a public event, we ask that you do not include the physical address of the show. Pass along all the information about the show, and the contact information, but do not include the address. Something like….
At the bottom of the ‘Our Next Show’ page on the website, it sometimes says
‘Day of Show Information’. What is that?
That’s the spot we post important information about the show, ON the day of the show. If we have bad weather, or illness, etc., and need to cancel a show, that will be the place to find that information. It’s also the spot where we let people know if seats are still available for a show. We do occasionally sell out our shows! If you are planning to join us for a show, it’s a good idea to check that information before you get here.
Want more information? Check out these links:
Folk Alliance International (FAI)
Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM)
Listening Room Network (LRN)