House concerts are a casual, friendly, and intimate way to share music with your friends and neighbors. House concerts (or salons) have been happening for hundreds of years in urban areas as a way to experience great art and conversation with a close group of friends (think Florence, Paris, London, New York). The Joshua Espinoza trio enjoys making connections with neighbors and fellow music lovers through in-home concerts as an alternative to the restaurant/bar/club scene.
the joshua espinoza trio
With a style that is tastefully modern yet firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, the Joshua Espinoza Trio blends and bends genres into original compositions and arrangements that are immediately relatable, yet hard to define. A concert may include their take on popular songs by The Beatles, The Eagles, Burt Bacharach, jazz standards (Gershwin, Cole Porter), and an original composition or two. As a dynamic and creative group, they collectively and individually have performed on national stages including The Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Barns at Wolftrap.
how it works...
1) Pick a date and time for the concert (concerts are 1-hour long). 2) Decide on how you'll host (some hosts provide drinks/snacks, others ask guests to BYOB) 3) Decide if you'll ask guests to pay a small cover, or make a suggested donation. *We ask that hosts guarantee $375 total for the trio* 4) Make your guest list and start inviting friends! 5) Sit back and enjoy intimate music with your friends and neighbors!
Get in touch!
Send Joshua an email to discuss: firstname.lastname@example.org
1) I don't quite understand the "cover charge" or "suggested donation" idea. A "cover charge" means you ask your guests to pay a fixed price to reserve a space at your house concerts (we generally suggest $15/person). A suggested donation means that guests can "set-their-own-price" and give what they are able. Either way, the trio asks that hosts guarantee $375 for the musicians, regardless of number of guests. If you invite 25 guests and ask them to pay a $15 cover charge, you've easily made it to $375. After that, it's up to you whether you use any extra cash to help pay for libations, or further compensate the musicians!
2) Will the trio be playing background music for my party? We like performing our music for an attentive audience, and believe that music is enjoyed best when there aren't many distractions. We ask that concert guests grab a drink, silence their phones, grab a seat, and enjoy un-interrupted music for an hour-long performance. We encourage guests to clap, shout, and react to the music, and even ask questions between songs, but refrain from chit-chat during the concert. We believe everyone will enjoy the concert more this way!
3) Do I need to have a piano? We certainly prefer to perform in homes with a well-maintained, in-tune piano, but may make exceptions depending on the situation! Don't hesitate to be in touch, even if you don't have a piano in your home!
4) Do I need to have lots of chairs or seating accommodations to host a concert? Absolutely not! Depending on your style and your guests, you can easily ask folks to cozy up, grab a spot on the floor, or lean against the wall if you don't have 25 chairs sitting around! House concerts can be as casual or as formal as you'd like to make them!
5) Do you take requests? We generally craft a concert of songs we like to play and that our audiences like to hear, so we don't often take requests. If you have a particularly strong request, please let us know far in advance, and we may attempt to accommodate (but no promises)! 6) What if I have to cancel a concert? Since the trio is made up of full-time, freelance musicians, a last-minute cancellation for us means lost income. We ask that before you decide on a date for the concert, you be as sure as possible it will work for your schedule. If you must cancel, we ask that you do so more than 2 weeks in advance, so we have time to find an alternative performance. If you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance, we ask that you pay the requested $375, as it will be difficult for us to make alternative performance plans, and we may have already turned down gigs for that date. Thank you for understanding and for supporting live music!