Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.
Friday, April 5, 2024
Pot-Luck Happy Hour 7:00P
MUSIC STARTS ABOUT 8:00P
Danni Nicholls is an award winning international singer/song writer from Bedford, England. She has been paving her way in UK Americana for over a decade and has three consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations in 2017, 2018 & 2020. She has performed all over the world at prestigious events and festivals such as Cambridge Folk (UK), Tønder (Denmark) and Americanafest (USA).
Her songs have messages of hope and healing with musical influences of Brandi Carlile, Linda Ronstadt, and Roseanne Cash. Danni’s vibrant, captivating performances are all but guaranteed to melt your heart. Her passionate delivery, captivating voice, mesmerizing guitar skills and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.
“Her passion for her craft is unparalleled. Her depth of emotion, commitment to the song, and ability to go deep makes her a rare artist”
Jed Hilly, Director of the Americana Music Association
“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence”
“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”
COVID-19 2024 I will update COVID information closer to the Concert Date
Severe COVID has become less of a concern, and most people are developing flu like symptoms. That said, I remind everyone — hosting a House Concert and attending is not risk-free. I feel safe in these types of gatherings. My personal perspective is that Life is not risk-free and there is no substitute for live music.
Artists need to perform to survive, and some of us need to experience live music to stay alive. I fall into the second group. CURRENTLY, masks will be neither required nor discouraged at the concert (if you want or don’t want to wear one, nobody will give you a hard time).
Stay home if you have any symptoms or were exposed!!!
Support the Arts…or we’ll have to listen to each other
Poor Man’s Gambit:
Friday, September 8, 2023
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Friday, February 2, 2024
Canceled , March 15, 2024
Friday: April 5th, 2024
Friday: May 17th, 2024
Saturday: September 14th, 2024
Poor Man’s Gambit: Friday, February 2, 2024
Danni Nicholls: Friday: April 5, 2024
Annie Sumi: Friday, March 15, 2024
Sofia Talvik: Friday, May 17th, 2024
Ted Yoder: Saturday, September 14th, 2024
What is a House Concert? Why Do it?
When up-and-coming bands outgrow their local venues, they tour. It is crazy expensive living on the road, so they will schedule House Concerts in between gigs as they travel across the country. It helps cover their travel costs, and many Artists love the personal setting.
A long time ago, I attended my first house concert for a band I followed since Med-School (Wishing Chair). It was an amazing experience. This is now my favorite way to see live music… and it’s always music I love. Professional venues now fall short of my expectations. I have been hosting them since I moved to Woodbine in 2014. I usually do 4-6 a year.
Variety is the Spice of Life
I try to find different styles of music, ranging from indie rock to folk, bluegrass, country and as many unique Instruments as I can find. The Artists discuss the rich history of the genre and music, answer questions and socialize during the “Pot Luck” party and intermission. Where else would you be able to see National and International Artists up-close and personal. Find them on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon and Like and follow them. It helps them more than you can imagine. Attend a house concert, buy the music if you like it. Artists get very little money out of streaming.
You can see some of the past Artists below, and the Pics link to their sites.
“Music is my religion”
Pot-Luck Happy Hour
Every House Concert is kicked off with a “Pot-Luck” Happy Hour. A lot of guests bring something to eat or drink—to share. Usually enough to share with 6 or 7 people. (We can’t have 30 people bring enough food to feed 30). The variety of Food/Drink people bring makes it a great time. You get to meet some very interesting people and socialize with the artist.
Bring your favorite dish/appetizer – we all have something we’re known for. Something ethnic, something different… Or out of a box. Wine, beer or soda is always safe.
We usually have 20-30 people show up—so there’s a great variety of food and drink. I usually contribute 3-Liters of Sangria, a 12-pak of beer and some Chips to start it off…. I also make 4 pounds of Pulled Pork BBQ. It is my “signature dish”.
⇒ Bring Your Favorite Drink ⇐
I have a pretty cool Bar that is fully stocked, but I try/hope not to have it raided during a show. It often does…. I won’t charge if you drink from it, but you can, on an Honor System.
Donate to the BAR to help re-stock it… The Slot Machine — takes bills.
The $15-$20 donation collected at the door — all (100%) goes to the artist. I keep nothing that is collected during the show. Please don’t consider the Artist’s Donation to be an OPEN BAR for you.
“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys
“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
Information for Artists Gary@dellazanna.com
I am a surgeon by training and currently work in cancer prevention research at the National Cancer Institute. I am not involved in the music industry at all– but have made some interesting connections over the years.
I have been hosting house concerts since I moved to Woodbine, MD in 2013. I host about 5 concerts a year on Fridays/Saturdays. A week day house concert would not be well attended where I live.
I am surprised and grateful for the amazing Artists who are interested in performing at my House Concerts Series. Music is like a religion to me. It clears my mind, displaces stress and can bring me back to special times. It is better than any medicine or therapy I know of. The world is a better place because some very special people are willing to pursue their dreams.
I recognize that you will not be getting rich performing at my House Concerts. I do everything I can to make it worth your while, and show you the respect you deserve. I make no guarantees on attendance – but I work hard to fill the space. I must be doing something right, I have managed to attract amazing talent from all over the country—and so far everyone is willing and interested in coming back.
Details and Fine Print:
- I generally send out about 100+ invites to friends by e-mail and Facebook. People are encouraged to bring friends. Artists can promote it on their Social Media as well – It is open to all. I generally get between 20-40 people to show up. Prior to COVID-19 I had a couple shows with 50.
- There is a Pot-Luck Happy Hour party before the show— Most guests show up for it and bring something interesting to share—Food or Drink. It is a great time and there are some interesting people.
- You can do what ever you want. Most artists perform 2-sets. The 1st set usually last about 45 min, followed by a 30-45 min intermission. Artists usually socialize, sign-up followers, and sell Merch during intermission. I estimate about 15-20% will buy CDs
- I collect the “Door” when I announce the intermission break. I wait until intermission because some people show up late and I think if people like the music they might be more generous. I ask everyone to donate $15-$20 for the artist. I always remind people that the life of an Artist is hard—and that you traveled far to perform for them. 100% of whatever is collected goes to the Artists.
- I have a large music room that is about 18 x 18. The room is open to a large foyer—with 24 foot ceiling and steps to sit on. I put chairs in the music room and half of the foyer. The foyer has a wide archway opening into another room I converted into a bar. There is plenty of seats and standing room.
- I do not have an AMP or Mics. Most artists bring their own. I have a Baby Grand Piano and some LED Spot lighting.
- Artists are welcome to stay the night and I will make sure there is something for breakfast. I have an in-law suite in the basement with a separate entrance. There are 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, a kitchen, full bath, TV room, game room, and wireless internet. If you do not need 2 rooms, I might put out of town guests in the extra room. I sometimes get people from NY, NJ, PA to show up for my House Concerts.
- You are welcome to stay a few days (before and/or after) my House Concert if you have other gigs in the area and don’t have a place to stay. No Room Service, but Free is always better than paying Baltimore and D.C. hotel rates. The in-law suite allows for some privacy- you will not be in the middle of everything. If you stay with us for a few days, you are welcome to join us for dinners–but don’t expect fancy. We generally eat dinners together– you’re on own for Breakfast and Lunch.
Gary’s House Concert Series
Recognizes the following businesses for sponsoring the current House Concert.
All proceeds go to the Artist.
Contact Me e-mail
I maintain a list of regular Invites, BUT I am always looking forward to meeting new friends—especially if they are already a Fan of the Artist.
My goal is to fill the house to capacity — the more the better for the Artist. I have never had it so crowded that anyone complained. Maybe that might be my actual goal.
100% of what is collected at the door goes to the Artist.
I only ask you RSVP to give me a head count– if you did not get a personal invite e-mail from me. I will send you the full address.