Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.
Friday – October 14th, 2022
Pot-Luck Happy Hour 6:30P
MUSIC STARTS ABOUT 7:30P
Sofia Talvik is a Swedish singer/songwriter, currently living in Germany. She returns to Gary’s House Concert Series after 2 years of COVID canceled US tours. She is winding up her current USA tour at my home in Woodbine, MD.
Although she is European, her music is pure Americana folk-pop with a unique Nordic flavor. An example of a traditional Nordic song is the last video below. Her live shows are some of the best I ever heard. She travels with her husband Jonas, who is also a professional sound engineer and they have the nicest sound system I ever heard in a small venue. He made my music room sound like a recording studio.
If you attended her last performance, I am sure you will be back. If you never experienced her music, click on some of the links here and find her on your favorite music streaming app. Like/Follow/Thumbs Up her music wherever you listen. It goes a long way for helping an artist get exposure.
I had a hard time picking which videos to highlight here, so go check out her YouTube channel.
“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence”
Live Streamed Concert During COVID
Still Time to Donate
“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”
COVID-19 August 2022 I will update COVID information closer to the Concert Date
I remain cautiously optimistic for October – That said, I had to cancel the show in June because Howard County was rated has HIGH COVID risk at the time–and they were recommending limited gatherings. August, we remain HIGH, but CDC recently relaxed COVID-19 guidelines on quarantines, and social distancing. Most cases have been mild, with bad flu symptoms. I remind everyone — hosting a House Concert and attending is not risk free. I feel safe in these types of gatherings. My personal perspective is that Life is not risk free. I am sure many car accidents have been avoided by staying home and ZOOM Meetings, but there is no substitute for live music.
Artists need to perform to survive and some of us need to experience it to stay alive. I fall into the second group. I think implementing reasonable accommodations that mitigate risk is better than trying to avoid it all together. The mental health “cost” of COVID has yet to be determined
My entire family is vaccinated and boosted and two of us still got sick New Years’ day…. Both were mild and everyone bounced back after a week or two.
CURRENTLY masks will be neither required nor discouraged at the concert (if you want or don’t want to wear one, nobody will give you a hard time).
Hopefully everyone who can be – is vaccinated. If not, you really need to take extra precautions. If you have vaccine question/concerns… I can answer most questions.
Stay home if you have any symptoms or were exposed!!!
Support the Arts…or we’ll have to listen to each other
2021 - 2022 Schedule Save the Date
Pot-Luck Happy Hour – 6:45p
Music Starts – 8:00p
Sunflurry: May 21, 2022
Carrie Welling: June 10, 2022
Sofia Talvik: October 14, 2022
Patrick Sampson: November 26, 2022
What is a House Concert? Why Do it?
When up and coming bands out grow their local venues, they tour. It is crazy expensive living on the road so they will schedule House Concerts in between gigs as they travel across the country. It helps cover their travel costs and many Artists love the personal setting.
A long time ago I attended my first house concert for a band I followed since Med-School (Wishing Chair). It was an amazing experience. This is now my favorite way to see live music… and its always music I love. Professional venues often falls short of my expectations now. I have been hosting them since we moved to our Woodbine home—about 9 years and usually do 4-6 a year.
Variety is the Spice of Life
I try to find different styles of music, ranging from indie rock to folk, bluegrass, country and as many unique Instruments as I can find. I am still trying to find a promising Celtic performer. The Artists often discuss the rich history of the genre, answer questions and socialize during the “Pot Luck” party and intermission. Where else would you be able to see National and International Artists up-close and personal. Find them on YouTube. I will update this page as it gets closer.
“Music is my religion”
Pot-Luck Happy Hour
Every House Concert is kicked off with a “Pot-Luck” Happy Hour. A lot of guests bring something to eat or drink—to share. Usually enough to share with 6 or 7 people. (We can’t have 30 people bring enough food to feed 30). The variety of Food/Drink people bring makes it a great time. You get to meet some very interesting people and socialize with the artist.
Bring your favorite dish/appetizer – we all have something we’re known for. Something ethnic, something different… Or out of a box. Wine, beer or soda is always safe.
We usually have 20-30 people show up—so there’s a great variety of food and drink. I usually contribute 3-Liters of Sangria, a 12-pak of beer and some Chips to start it off…. I also make 6-8 pounds of Pulled Pork BBQ. It is my “signature dish”.
⇒ Bring Your Favorite Drink ⇐
I have a pretty cool Bar that is fully stocked, but I try/hope not to have it raided during a show. It often does….I won’t charge if you drink from it, but you can, on an Honor System, Donate to help re-stock the bar at the Slot Machine–it takes bills.
The $15-$20 donation collected at the door — all (100%) goes to the artist.
Please don’t consider it an OPEN BAR.
“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
Gary’s Bar New Stuff
The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys
Elektroller Faradisation Instrument
New addition (conversation piece) for the Bar. This is a Elektroller Faradisation Instrument. Patented in England, it was a medical device marketed throughout Europe and beyond in the 1930s. It combines instrumental massage with electrotherapy with “faradic current”. The current is generated by a rotating rotor in an external fixed stator (generator).
How could the FDA declare this quackery, look at the inner workings? Another modern medical breakthrough suppressed.
1995 Un-Cut Sheet $2 Bills
Gary’s Bar Collection
Prior House Concert Artists
“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
Information for Artists Gary@dellazanna.com
I am a surgeon by training and currently work in cancer prevention research at the National Cancer Institute. I am not involved in the music industry at all– but have made some interesting connections over the years.
I have been hosting house concerts since I moved to Woodbine, MD in 2013. I host between 4-5 concerts a year on Fridays/Saturdays. A week day house concert would not be well attended where I live.
I am surprised and grateful for the amazing Artists who are interested in performing at my House Concerts Series. Music is like a religion to me. It clears my mind, displaces stress and can bring me back to special times. It is better than any medicine or therapy I know of. The world is a better place because some very special people are willing to pursue their dreams.
I recognize that you will not be getting rich performing at my House Concerts. I do everything I can to make it worth your while, and show you the respect you deserve. I make no guarantees on attendance–but I work hard to fill the space. I must be doing something right, I have managed to attract amazing talent from all over the country—and so far everyone is willing and interested in coming back.
Details and Fine Print:
- I generally send out about 80+ invites to friends by e-mail and Facebook. People are encouraged to bring friends. Artists can promote it on their Social Media as well – It is open to all. I generally get between 18-40 people to show up. Prior to COVID-19 I had a couple shows with 50.
- There is a Pot-Luck Happy Hour party before the show— Most guests show up for it and bring something interesting to share—Food or Drink. It is a great time and there are some interesting people.
- You can do what ever you want. Most artists perform 2-sets. The 1st set usually last about 45 min, followed by a 30-45 min intermission. Artists usually socialize, sign-up followers, and sell Merch during intermission. I estimate about 15-20% will buy CDs
- I collect the “Door” when I announce the intermission break. I wait until intermission because some people show up late and I think if people like the music they might be more generous. I ask everyone to donate $15-$20 for the artist. I always remind people that the life of an Artist is hard—and that you traveled far to perform for them. 100% of whatever is collected goes to the Artists.
- I have a large music room that is about 18 x 18, with a tuned baby grand piano that you can use. The room is open to a large foyer—with 24 foot ceiling and steps to sit on. I put chairs in the music room and half of the foyer. The foyer has a wide archway opening into another room I converted into a bar. There is plenty of seats and standing room.
- I do not have an AMP or Mics. Most artists bring their own. I do have a Baby Grand Piano and some LED Spot lighting.
- Artists are welcome to stay the night and I will make sure there is something for breakfast. I have an in-law suite in the basement with a separate entrance. There are 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, a kitchen, full bath, TV room, game room, and wireless internet. If you do not need 2 rooms, I might put out of town guests in the extra room. I sometimes get people from NY, NJ, PA to show up for my House Concerts.
- You are welcome to stay a few days (before and/or after) my House Concert if you have other gigs in the area and don’t have a place to stay. No Room Service, but Free is always better than paying Baltimore and D.C. hotel rates. The in-law suite allows for some privacy- you will not be in the middle of everything. If you stay with us for a few days, you are welcome to join us for dinners–but don’t expect fancy. We generally eat dinners together– you’re on own for Breakfast and Lunch.
Gary’s House Concert Series
Recognizes the following businesses for Sponsoring the current House Concert.
All proceeds go to the Artist.
Contact Me e-mail
I maintain a list of regular Invites, BUT I am always looking forward to meeting new friends—especially if they are already a Fan of the Artist.
My goal is to fill the house to capacity — the more the better for the Artist. I have never had it so crowded that anyone complained. Maybe that might be my actual goal.
100% of what is collected at the door goes to the Artist.
I only ask you RSVP to give me a head count– if you did not get a personal invite e-mail from me. I will send you the full address.