I love music. I have for a long time. I love making it and listening to it - and I love bringing people together over it. I hope you will come join me for a show in my Front Yard.
Carla and I bought our house in East Greenbush a little more than 2 years ago. When we arrived at the house to take the "real estate tour," we parked the car on the street in front. As we gazed down the yard that slopes gently toward the front door, we both immediately exclaimed simultaneously, "house concerts". The place was made for it. At the time we didn't know how, or when, but we knew it had to happen.
About a year later, in September 2019, we decided to give it a try. We set our very first house concert inside. Although we really didn't know what to expect, it turned out great! The Mammals brought a 5 piece band to play in our living room. It was intimate and special and all that.
Then the pandemic hit.
Everything shut down in March 2020. We were lonely. We were missing our favorite venues. We were getting a lot of conflicting and confusing information about what happened and how the pandemic might play out. It was not a happy time. We let most of the summer go by before we thought about hosting another show. As the scene looked a safer at the end of summer 2020, we gave it another shot but - this time - outside. It was magical. A sunset concert with mike+ruthy. Although our guests were socially distanced and had to remain cautious, we all agreed that show was just the thing we needed at the time.
I have a lot of confidence in this project now. Shows here are amazing. It's (as described by a recent performer) vibey. The sound is natural and crystal clear. The house provides a two story, brick wall backdrop that is a REVERB MACHINE. The gently sloping Front Yard provides the natural amphitheater that is perfect for setting up a blanket or some chairs, laying out the snacks, mixing the drinks, and listening to a really fine performance.
When Carla and I set our sights on 2021 we set a goal of hosting three shows and we intend to hit that goal. Please learn more about the Front Yard and our outdoor "house" concerts. Leave a comment and let me know: have you been? What did you like? What could make the experience even better? I would love to hear from you.