cover v5 blog cover hi resA labor of love is almost complete! For so long I have wanted to share all I have learned from my years of experience overseeing every aspect of my own concerts and tours.

I am writing this book for two reasons: to empower performers to create their own opportunities and to assist new presenters in hosting concerts or building an ongoing series. This amounts to more places for us to play, and new ways to connect with live music patrons and appreciators.

In my own touring, I have helped many good folks from all around the country who are a connected to churches, community centers and other unique spaces to host their very first concert (mine). I have found there are many willing people who have the space and desire but just need a little guidance and inspiration to make it happen.  This step by step guide will help both artist and presenter determine who can or should be doing what, and when it should be done. This will empower artists to ascertain each situation and take responsibility to maximize every opportunity and avoid common mistakes.

In addition to my own experience, I have integrated lessons learned and sage advice from fellow performers and experienced presenters. I couldn’t resist asking for their weird and funny stories, too. I have included advice from newspaper writers and entertainment editors on how you can get the press coverage you need to have your music and your mission get the attention it deserves.

I am currently in the editing process and searching for a layout artist now, as assembling the text and cartoons is best left to the professionals. I love the many brilliant illustrations from my friend Christine who did wonderful upgrades to my silly little doodles (samples below).

When the book is ready it will be available in both digital and paper form.  There are task graphs to print out and checklists to utilize. This will take the mystery out of all that it takes to get the word out and inspire people to come to your show. You can create your own concert tours and be successful at it while your are helping new presenters to open their spaces, contribute to their community, and be patrons of the arts.

Here are just a few of the illustration. There are four main characters, Debbie DoRight, Diva Diana, Lazy Louis and Desperate Dan, all finding their way through this ever evolving business of music.  Here are some of the subjects covered.

which artist are you

It’s a New World

The Current Landscape

Your Mission

What is Success?

Reaching Out To

Established Venues

Alternative venues

New Presenters Overview

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Choosing The Date

Agreements

Ticketing

Sound

Unique Opportunities

Master Promotion Plan

Who Does What and When?

Presenters Checklist

Lazy Louis' CD table copy

Task Graph and Timeline

Your Visuals

Press Releases

News & Calendars

Radio & TV

The way it was.. the (3)

Social Media

Show Day Logistics

Merchandise

Accounting

Follow Up

Also included is my story and many more tips and advice from artists, hosts, presenters and journalists.  Last but not least, a helpful collection of resource links.

If you would like to get notified for when this book is ready for purchase, please sign up for my newsletter on this website or friend me on Facebook

 

I have taken my harps to many schools but these kids were the youngest yet. Head Start preschools is a government funded orgainzation. serves the lower income families with an opportunity for kids to be exposed to arts and music in preparation for entering schools. I had six classes of 3-5 year olds in one day!

The local newspaper came and did a nice little story and posted this video to go along with it. It was pretty early in the day before my caffeine.

Ahh…. to be relaxing after all the Winter gigs… its was a lot to do, but every moment was rich and diverse. Here’s a collage of just some of the fun. There were shows with our trio with Patrick Ball, shows with Windham Hill Winter Solstice, and some regular gigs too.

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Packed up my little trailer for a swing up the Northwest to do our seasonal show with Patrick Ball called “A Winter Gift”

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Rainy days in Portland, Highway 5 had a landslide. We couldn’t get to our Seattle show three hours away. After eight hours in a traffic jam, we had to give up and cancel the concert. painful.. wah!

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Walters Cultural Art Center near Portland, Oregon.

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Patrick’s dog Max went on tour with us this time.

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Hands-on-Harps at a San Francisco Library.

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I join Aryeh for a farmers market and our yearly Christmas Craft fair booth in Grass Valley. It’s a perfect chance to work on all the music for the concerts. Its fun.

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Ashland, Oregon

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I still get to play bass sometimes.

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A show with Patrick in Kelseyville, not far from the devastating fires.

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Special guest Olof Soderback sat in for some Swedish tunes.

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The Winter Solstice Concert lineup was left to right: Alex Kelly, me, Barbara Higbie, Alex DeGrassi, George Tortorelli and Aryeh Frankfurter

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Grass Valley Performing Arts Center

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Two shows at SF Jazz in San Francisco. There was several pro video cameras so I will have footage soon. Unbelievable sound quality and crew there.

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New Years eve at Centerpoint drug rehabilitation. A traditional gig that our good friends organize every year. They rock. It rocks.

And then a party of musicians! (sorry for the abrupt ending I ran out of space on my phone).   Happy New Year!

 

Hi everyone! The text of the story is below the images. This which came out in the current issue of the Folk Harp Journal. They asked me to write a story about our road tours, (during a road tour) so it was easy and fun to do.  I hope this gives you an idea of what our life is like when we are on the road. I have posted many videos on this blog of our actual tours, and this is what  what happens behind those scenes.

Below these images is a link to the story.

Read the story here

A fall trip driving to Seattle, a stop in Ashland for a Mosaic conference, a visit to an organic farm, a Seattle harp conference at Dusty Strings. Concert footage with fellow musicians, Aryeh Frankurter, Kim Robertson, Patrick Ball, Erik Ask-Upmark, Beth Kolle, Laurie Riley, Molly Bauckham, Kate Power. Special thanks to Sue and Ray Mooers for hosting us all for such a great event. And the best party I’ve been to in a long time!

We love doing house concerts, and we love hosting house concerts. The nice thing about hosting is we get to sit in with the performers. Here we are with David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky. Two wonderful musicians who tour just like us in similar venues. They are so loved by the folk music community and its easy to see why.