My house concert series in Norfolk, Virginia, features some of the best contemporary singer/songwriters in the land.
Grammy nominees and winners have been among the performers here. Over the years, those who have appeared include Kim Richey (above), Dave Alvin, Aoife O'Donovan, Jimmy LaFave, The Black Lillies, Slaid Cleaves, Kevin Welch, Peter Case, Marshall Crenshaw, Mary Gauthier, Greg Trooper, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Carrie Rodriguez, Amy Rigby, Garland Jeffreys, Steve Forbert (right), Eliza Gilkyson, Jeff Black, Jim Lauderdale and Chris Smither.
I am taking reservations for the show on June 12 with Lloyd Cole, who has been releasing great albums since his days with the Commotions in the 1980s.
The Campaign for Mary's Place continues to honor Mary Wasteneys, a longtime friend of the series, who died of cancer a few years ago and left money to purchase the tent that is our sanctuary for shows. If you want to contribute, just let me know.
Like us on Facebook and stay in touch. The acts booked so far for the 2015 season range from Texas songwriter Darden Smith to the literate Scottish rocker Lloyd Cole to the cool vibe of San Francisco's Chuck Prophet.
Eliza Gilkyson Returns with Mary Gauthier on Oct. 30.
What is a House Concert? Just what it sounds like. I book a performer, set up chairs, sound and lights and put out a few snacks. It's an intimate, smoke-free evening of music. All money collected through the donation at the door goes to the performer. In fact, money comes out of my pocket for each show.