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What is a House Concert?

Just what it sounds like. We book a performer, set up chairs, sound and lights and put out a few snacks. It's an intimate, smoke-free evening of music.

There are hundreds of house concerts hosted nationwide. Some are small, holding as few as a couple of dozen people; others, like ours, are larger and more ambitious. For many musicians today, house concerts are their lifeblood, especially with the closings of so many small acoustic clubs. Read about the first decade of hosting North Shore Point House Concerts and a recent article about the series.

In 2017, we began a partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival and are now able to co-host shows in their venues. We also host shows at Old Dominion University's acoustically-perfect Goode Theatre during the summer and at Smartmouth Brewing's warehouse.

North Shore Point Acoustic became a non-profit in 2016. The shows are permitted under a Norfolk special events ordinance supporting organic cultural events. City permits are secured for each show.

Since 2001, we've built a community of people who enjoy getting together to listen to great music they can't hear elsewhere in the area. Thanks to everyone for your support.

Jim Morrison is the host of North Shore Point House Concerts. He is a freelance writer for national publications, music aficionado, photographer, gardener, chef, and environmentalist. Check out his writing portfolio and his website.

Check out Jim's blog at Semi-Regular Raves 'n' Rants for reviews, music news, links and other thoughts.

If you're a music fan, check out Birdland Records in Virginia Beach where you'll find the best singer/songwriter selection in the region.

Thanks to Bill Cabell and the people at Distinctive Event Rentals in Chesapeake for the great price on a used tent and assistance putting it up. If you're planning a celebration, check them out.