THE LONGSTAFF HOUSE
My name is John Parker and I hold house concerts in a restored church called Longstaff House here at 601 Longstaff Street, in Missoula, Montana. The space will hold up to 80 people, has very good acoustics, and there is ample parking.
I have had 25 shows to date from fairly unknown singer-songwriters making a couple hundred dollars to Darol Anger, Blaine Sprouse, John Reichman, and gates $1000 to $1200, plus product sales. I realize these are not big numbers for established acts but people seem to be contacting me every week for a chance to play in a pleasant setting for a quiet, appreciative crowd, and to add a bit of a payday to fill in a tour.
This is a private residence, so the shows are considered a private party. I promote the events through my Facebook page and a 250-person email list from past concerts. My bookings are coming from word-of-mouth, I rarely solicit acts and do not make any guarantees. To qualify as a house concert, I give all the proceeds to the performers and don’t do public advertising, although the performers can advertise.
I prefer booking Sunday through Thursday to keep weekends for my bluegrass band, Lochwood, and because there is just too much competition in Missoula, especially in the warmer months. This is a very busy town for live music. I start shows at 7PM and we are usually finished before 10. I often can get a local opener to volunteer to play for perhaps 20-25 minutes. I find it is best to play 2 sets, with a break to visit and sell merchandise. I have a double bed, numerous sleeping pads, and a bathroom upstairs in the concert venue if you need lodging.
I hope this explains what we have to offer you if you are looking to perform or to watch good music in Missoula. I am looking forward to doing some music together.
Here are the shows we have had so far:
|Greg Blake Trio||Darol Anger||LOCHWOOD CD|
|Sassafras Stomp||KEN Waldman||Blaine Sprouse Band|
|Winship/West||Sassafras Stomp||Hazel Hue|
|Squirrel Butter||Half Pelican||Warren G Hardings|
|Aarun / Johnathan||Oldtime Social||Edda Glass|
|Dry and Dusty||Lonesome Ace String Band||Missy Raines Trio|
|Isaac and Tim||Reichman and Jaybirds||Ian Foley/John Whelan|
|Masontown||Crisp / Miltch||Pearl Djanjo|
|Greg Blake Band||Adrian Legg||Emory Lester|
|Mark Ross||Mark Stuart||FY5|
|Growling Old Men||Old Time Revue||Joy Mills Tom Parker|
|Masontown||Claude Burbon||Bill Mize and Ouzel|