house show faq
If you've never been to or hosted a house show, here is a quick FAQ for you. We hope it answers some of your questions!
Q: What is a house show?
A: A house show is an intimate concert for you and your guests performed by us, The OK Factor, in your living room or backyard.
q. how can i make a house show enticing to potential guests?
A. We're so glad you asked. We've got a few ideas up our sleeves for how to make house shows interesting and fun!
When you fill out a house show submission form on the Calendar page, you will notice a dropdown menu that asks what kind of house show you'd like to have: a regular house show, a themed house show, or a benefit concert. A regular house show entails a 60-75 minute show in which we will perform our music, mingle with guests, and enjoy a beverage and conversation. For a themed house show, we will work with you to craft an unforgettable evening -- perhaps you'd like to host a Taco Night, where we help you cook tacos for your guests, people bring chips and salsa/guac, and we perform while guests enjoy a great meal. Or maybe a craft beer theme interests you, where your home brewed or local beers are showcased and enjoyed by guests as we perform amongst them. A benefit concert means that a portion of the ticket sales, free-will donation, or our merchandise sales goes to an organization or charity that you are passionate about. This is a great way to bring awareness to a cause among your circle of friends and it gives us a great opportunity to play music while supporting a larger cause.
q. what are my responsibilities as a host?
A. Though a house show is really anything you want it to be, there are a couple basic things that go a long way to making it a great experience for everyone:
- A clean house (at least where your guests will be!) and a clean bathroom.
- A dedicated space for performers.
- Some type of seating arrangement. This can simply be a clear space for people to bring their own chairs, or you can offer up your own couches and chairs. For outdoor performances, guests often bring their own lawn chairs and blankets as specified.
- Invite your friends! You don't have to invite everyone you know, but having at least 10-25 people will make for a fun evening for all involved. We are excited to play for as many people as you are comfortable having - the more the merrier!
q. does it cost money to host a house show?
No, unless you choose to spend money on food/drink for your guests.
q. Do i need to feed my guests?
A. While food is not required, it is definitely appreciated by concert-goers. If the show is held later in the evening, it is common to provide small snacks/appetizers and simple drinks. It is also common to provide food potlock-style, asking each guest to bring their favorite dish, snack, or beverage to share.
q. do guests pay to attend a house show?
A. This depends on the type of house show you'd like to have. The options for payment include: donations of a specified/suggested amount, cover charge at the door, or a free-will donation of any amount, to be taken during the show. Any of these options work, and we are happy to discuss with you which one fits the best for your house show. Whichever option you choose should be specified on the invitations you send out to your guests.
Q. You keep talking about invitations -- what's the best way for me to invite friends & guests?
A. There are plenty of ways to get the word out about your event but please keep in mind what your comfort level is for having guests in your home. If you would like to keep your guest list to people you know, consider sending out paper or email invites to those individuals. You are welcome to create an event on Facebook too, but make note of the privacy settings on the event, so that they reflect who you're comfortable inviting. If you don't mind hosting guests you are unfamiliar with, we will work with you to create a poster to put around your town, hand out at your place of work, etc. We are happy to help you create an invitation for paper or email, too. It is always a good idea to invite more people than you plan to attend so we have a full house on the night of.
Ready to book a house show? Visit our Calendar page, click on a House Show Icon which can be found on various suggested dates, and fill out the submission form!