If you who haven’t been to a living room show yet, you’re missing out. It’s feels like a private show where you’re let into a more personal side of the artist’s world. Just imagine sitting on the oor of a living room with one of your favorites just a few feet away. It’s no surprise living room concerts have grown in popularity over the last decade. For a real fan, it’s a must. e best concert I’ve ever seen was in a Mid City living room in New Orleans. It was part of a “Living Room Tour” for David Bazan, the grizzled songwriter, who is in the midst of the resurrection and reformation of Pedro e Lion, a creative force which rst caught re in 1998 with the hit album It’s Hard To Find a Friend. Bazan is one of my favorite songwriters of all time. It’s not just that his lyrics and melodies are untouchable, but also the emotion he invokes while singing, eyes closed, alive with every line as though the words were for him alone. He enjoys the moment as much as or more than anyone in the room. As a national recording artist who has been successful and relevant since the mid 90s, you might think a living room show wouldn’t make sense for an artist of his level. But think about it, for the artist, the incentive is simple. Minimal overhead and maximum intimacy.
In other words, he doesn’t have to pay a band or need a tour van, just one car, the artist, some merch, and an instrument. So if they charge 30 a head for a living room show with 35 people the artist takes home $1050.00 a night, not including merch. Clean and clear. I know it might sound janky, and maybe it’s not for every artist, but in the case of David Bazan, it was a spiritual experience. For an expressive singer like Bazan, the intimacy enhanced every note. He also started each tune with the story and inspiration behind the song. Unlike big venue shows, in a living room show the audience can request songs, ask the artist questions, and develop a mini friendship with the artists. So don’t let the opportunity to pass you by! And don’t just take my word for it, check out this VARIETY article about Air BNB’s plans to make living room shows a global phenomenon: https://bit.ly/2vwigHI
A well traveled, South Louisiana city boy, Giorgio is a songwriter and performer and multimedia artist. He also dabbles in creative advertising 40 hours a week. Giorgio finds inspiration from all forms of art that are well expressed, is a happy contributor to ArtTrib, and also the front man for ATR recording artist, LillyBrave.