What is a living room show?

We get a lot of questions about what goes on at a living room show, so we took the time to write some answers. Here are the most frequently asked:

So, it's at a house?

Yes, some lovely persons have volunteered their house, apartment, or coffee shop to host a random collective of people from their community. We think places where people gather casually are best to share lives and music, which is why we like living rooms.

How do I get there?

In order to respect the privacy of the host, we don't post addresses, just specific town names. If you purchase a ticket, we'll send you the address a few days before the event. Once you purchase a ticket, your name (plus the number of people you purchased tickets for) will be added to a list at the door. No need to bring any paper printouts of anything.

What goes on?

At 6:30pm, people show up and cross their names off a list. At 7:00pm, if most people are there, we start playing songs. We ask questions, answer questions, laugh a bit, and sing songs until around 8:00pm. Then we mill about and try to sell t-shirts, vinyl recordings, and handmade leather keychains like real troubadours.

Can I bring food/drinks?

We love those, but in order to respect the hosts preferences, we've sent them surveys to see what they would prefer. We will send you the rules along with the address. 

Do you bring your kids?

Yes, we will be traveling in an RV with our three kids, ages five, three, and six months. They will likely be watching Frozen for the seven-billionth time in the RV (under adult supervision) while we play, but they do like to mingle at the merch table afterwards.

If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot us an email at thevocalfew@gmail.com.

SEE YOU SOON

Hosts Needed in These Areas

Host submissions: Email vocalfewmgmt@gmail.com with pictures and location.

Host submissions: Email vocalfewmgmt@gmail.com with pictures and location.

Hey friends!

To be clear we are still accepting submissions for ALL cities in the lower 48 states, but these are the cities/general areas we don't currently have hosts for.

If you live in these cities, anywhere near, or anywhere in between, and you would like to host a Vocal Few living room show this summer, please email vocalfewmgmt@gmail.com with pictures, location, and any questions.

This F.A.Q was written as a helpful tool for those considering.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted thus far, we can't wait to start solidifying our exact routing in February!

Vocal Few

Our video for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

We recorded "Blue" live in the frozen backyard of our friends house for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest 2017.

Jodi & Cameron Reed are on violin and cello. Kristie & Matt MacDonald on piano, guitar, and vocals. Jaffrey Koch on background vocals.

Watch below or go to bit.ly/bluetinydesk

Video recording by Cameron Tomisser
Audio recording by Brett Baird

#tinydeskcontest

The 6 Most FAQ Re: Hosting Vocal Few

We are still accepting host submissions for our summer living room tour though the end of January. If you have been planning to submit or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at vocalfewmgmt@gmail.com

For those interested or on the fence about hosting, here are answers to the 6 most frequently asked questions:

1.) How much do you charge?

Hosting is free, which means hosts do not have to put up any of their own money for the show. We will pre-sell all the tickets online, and guests will check their name off a list on the way inside. No money changes hands. Residents of the host house are free of charge, as well as 3 guests of the hosts choosing (after a certain amount of tickets are sold, and if there is still room, a longer guest list is welcomed).

2.) How big does my room need to be?

We hope to sell at least 20 tickets, but sometimes we sell between 40-50 tickets. We can limit the tickets available based on your estimated capacity, but generally anywhere between 25-50 is a good estimate. Some hosts have chairs, others clear the room for standing or sitting, but it's really whatever you think is best. Hard floors and tall ceilings are even better for the music, because they amplify and reverberate the sound. We prefer not to play outside as sound amplification, audible distractions, and weather can become an issue.

3.) Is this a party? Do I need to provide food or drinks?

All guests are given a hospitality reminder before coming. On previous tours we gave strict rules to guests about taking off shoes, using the bathroom before arriving, strongly prohibiting food and drinks, etc. We did this in order to make our hosts feel at ease. However, we found that some of our hosts didn't mind guests leaving shoes on, or if they used the bathroom, or brought drinks of their choosing. Some of our hosts wanted to make snacks for guests or provide beer and wine, some wanted to sell snacks or drinks, and who were we to stop them? So now we send a questionnaire to each host beforehand to make sure that when the performance happens, it happens within their expectations and in keeping with their desires. We want our hosts to be hospitable in the way that makes them most comfortable.

4.) What kind of people will show up?

The kind of people who pay $20 to watch a musical duo perform in a random persons living room. These are not scary people. These are people who live in your community, who you likely have things in common with. Great friends have been made in the living rooms we've played in, and that's the point of living rooms! Bringing people together in an intimate setting around music forges community.

5.) Will you play my church?

Not on this tour, but we have enjoyed playing the occasional coffee shop or business if the vibe is right (shoot us an email to ask). We prefer rooms, living rooms specifically. The spaces where life happens.

6.) How do I submit?

Email us with estimated capacity, city/state location, any availability issues (we will be touring through June and July into August 2017), and pictures of your space. The email is vocalfewmgmt@gmail.com - and we can answer any of your questions that way.

To all you first timers who've submitted, and previous hosts who've submitted again, THANK YOU! We will begin to sort the routing and dates in February.

Cheers,

Matt & Kristie

 

Hosts Needed: Living Room Tour Summer 2017

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Hello! We are looking for hosts for our upcoming living room tour, starting in June and ending in early August. We will be traveling all over the United States. If you live in the United States and would like to host, please email vocalfewmgmt@gmail.com with pictures of your space, capacity, location and any other pertinent info like availability, etc.

Things to know:

  1. Hosting is free.
  2. Strangers will buy tickets from us to your living room. All tickets will be pre-sold, and you will simply cross names off the list as they enter (no money changes hands). They will not know your address until a day before the show. We've done this a lot, and so far there have been no weirdos and everyone is very respectful. We send them an email when they purchase tickets with some etiquette tips. 
  3. Your living room should hold anywhere between 25 and 50 people, sitting on the floor or standing is fine. People usually clear the space a bit for more crowded shows so people can sit. Please send pictures of the space with your submission.
  4. This will be super fun.

Thanks in advance! 

Vocal Few

ALMOST READY!

Hi friends - a huge thanks to many of you for submitting your living rooms as venues for a show! We received so many different locations that we added a full week to the routing of the tour. Even though we're doing 6 full weeks, we still aren't getting everywhere! This is encouraging because it means there's more places to visit on our next living room tour. Who knows, maybe we'll just move into and RV and go for it full time? ...we'll see.

A full list of dates will be posted next week and tickets will go on sale. Will add events to Facebook and encourage everyone to invite their friends to them. Obviously, the more we can get into the shows the more fun we can have (also, the more travel expenses we can offset.) Stay tuned for the final list of shows coming soon!

xoXoxXoOOxxoO,

Matt & Kristie

Looking for Hosts

Hello! We are looking for hosts for our upcoming living room tour. If you would like to host in, around, or in-between these areas of the country, please email vocalfewmgmt@gmail.com with pictures, capacity, and location.

Things to know:

  1. Strangers will buy tickets from us to your living room. All tickets will be pre-sold, and you will simply cross names off the list as they enter. They will not know your address until a day before the show. We've done this a lot, and so far there have been no weirdos and everyone is very respectful. We send them an email when they purchase tickets with some etiquette tips. 
  2. Your living room should hold 30-50 people, sitting on the floor or standing is fine. People usually clear the space a bit for more crowded shows so people can sit. Please send pictures of the space with your submission.
  3. This will be super fun.

Thanks for all your submissions so far! We are sorting them out now, and will post here as we confirm the dates.