Rob Fetters

Please go to the contact page and send me an email if you want me to play in your house. 

 

A – Observations gleaned from performing music over the last 40 years:

1) Many venues I've played had questionable acoustics; I'm not always convinced the audience is accurately hearing what I'm doing. (Or see what I'm doing either.) 

2) I usually play gigs with other songwriters so I rarely "go deep" into my catalog. Some of my best stuff has only been performed live a handful of times - or not at all. 

3) I truly love playing in bands for crowds – but – real magic often happens in more intimate spaces. ie: songs are written in bedrooms and kitchens, recorded in studios….

 B – That's why: 

1) I'm throwing everything into a career-spanning show: performing material I wrote for The Raisins, The Bears, psychodots, my solo albums – and debuting new songs as they come along. The dynamic and thematic range possible in a small space is astounding.

2) It's an overbuilt show: from stripped down acoustic / vocal renditions to plenty of rocked-out electric ones backed with studio tracks custom mixed from the source. I really get to play my butt off. My Bose system sounds killer so you'll hear what I hear. My son Sam describes the concert as a "performance + guitar + recording workshop + story telling hour". Except that it runs 3 hours including a break midway to freshen your drinks and grab a snack.

 C – My house concerts have all gone incredibly well:

1) Adepts have already done pioneering work: I'm copying the "industry standard" for now. It’s simple and a lot of fun.

2) Audience members are first invited by the host via email or link to ticket service, then the reservation is confirmed. That way, the hostess can feel good about whoever is coming to her home. 25 – 50 guests works well.

3) Tickets are generally $20 - $25. Merch (most of it, rare) is available. A ticket service or PayPal can be used, but a casual box collection has worked, too.

4) BYOB. Water / soda / ice / cups / glasses are usually provided. It’s not required but guests often bring light munchies to share.

5) No recording permitted. Photos are OK but kept at minimum to avoid distraction. Mature audiences only.

7) I can't wait to play! Most of the musicians who do this sort of thing are young hopefuls waiting to crack the big time. Me? I've seen the light: small is the new big. Small is beautiful.