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Private living room concerts bringing more rock to your block

North Carolina folk duo Mandolin Orange performs at a house concert in St. Petersburg on Jan. 22, 2014.

Chris Kozlowski

North Carolina folk duo Mandolin Orange performs at a house concert in St. Petersburg on Jan. 22, 2014.

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Private house concerts have been gaining in popularity for several years now, a reflection of the changing music industry and new, more direct connections between artists and fans.

In the coming weeks, two nationally known artists will bring living-room tours our way. Alec Ounsworth of indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has a house show in Tampa on Feb. 18, and Pedro the Lion singer David Bazan has one March 6. The locations are secret until you buy your ticket.

“You have tons of great acts who are used to drawing 500 people, 300 people in theaters, and they’re waking up and realizing, 'Oh, crap, I’m playing these 200-seat halls, but I’m only drawing 50, 75 people,’” said St. Petersburg singer-songwriter Fran Snyder, who runs Concerts In Your Home, a repository of resources for artists and potential hosts. “I don’t care how good your show is, if the room is half-empty, nothing sucks the energy out of a live show like empty seats. They’re realizing that they can play somebody’s good-sized house for 75 people and just have a much more pleasant experience.”

For more on living room concerts, click here for our story.

[Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 12:08pm]

    

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