We love live music around here. We love concerts and plays and broadway. We love the arts. We play music and sing together as a hobby. And over the past year (maybe a little more) we have been hosting concerts in our basement.
And we get a lot of the same questions about it…. “Are you scared that the band might steal something or murder your family in their sleep? Ha ha, but really… So how do the artists make money? From grants? Do they sell merchandise and the concert is free? Do you advertise in the local paper or just have friends and family come?” So I was thinking I’d answer a lot of them. And share some pictures of all of the artists who have come (and i made them let me take their picture) and links to their websites and music.
1. “How did you get started doing this?”
About a year ago Regan and I attended a concert in Lethbridge of a musician we both really love named Dan Mangan
. (And if you haven’t heard of him, you’re welcome for introducing you to him. And go watch and listen to one of my fav songs of his
) After the concert Regan was reading Dan’s website and found that he had an organisation where lesser known artists would travel around and do basement concerts in peoples homes. So Regan emailed and signed us up. I was a little unsure about the whole thing at first. But I love it. March 4, 2016 was our first one with The Crackling
. And since then we’ve had Jessie Speed, Gabe Olsen
, Barefoot Movement
, Ben Bedford
and this Thursday night we have Sweet Alibi
coming. The first two artists were with one company, Gabe is a friend I grew up with and the last three are from an organisation called Home Roots
. We’ve hosted most of them in our basement but a couple we’ve had at the red barn here in Raymond.