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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
WOODBELLY   Moira Smiley/JFlo
Jig Jam
Moira Smiley House Concert
Moira Smiley

Fy5 at Longstaff House
FY5
Pearl Django at Longstaff House
Pearl D’jango
Masontown

Lonesome Ace String Band
Blain Sprouse
Missy Raines
John Reichman and the Jaybirds
Reichman
Bill Mize