HOSTS: Day of Show Resources

Thanks for offering to host a show! We really appreciate your generosity! We've put together some info about how the shows work as well as helpful tips to make this a good experience for everyone. Please read through and get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (updated August 28, 2022)
In order to do these shows as safely as possible for hosts, guests and artists, we’ll be requiring all guests to agree to a few things before they can attend a show at your place.

+ All guests must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside the show space.
+ All guests must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while interacting with the artist one-on-one, regardless of environment.

There will be no exceptions for anyone for any reason. Thank you for understanding and helping us implement these policies so we can get our artists back out on tour to play music for you and their fans in the safest possible way.

Here are some tips to help it go smoothly on the night of the show.

+ Jayne will send over the final guest list the day of the show. All you have to do it check names and vaccine cards as they arrive. Most people bring the printed PDF as their ticket. Some have it on their phone... as long as their name is on the list and they have a completed vaccine card, it's cool to let them in.

+ We ask guests to start arriving at your place no earlier than 45 minutes before the show starts. The artist will be there a little before that to get set-up and help you check-in guests as they arrive. The shows usually start at 8pm and generally run 60-90 minutes. We let fans know ahead of time they should be out of your within thirty minutes after the show has ended.

+ Put on some background music at moderate to low volume so people can meet each other and chat before the show. Something you can turn off before the show starts and turn on after the show is over.

+ Most artists will need to borrow a chair (or multiple chairs if there's more than one performer) to sit on during the show. Normal dinner table type chairs are fine. And they need a small table or countertop space to lay out tour merchandise they'll sell after the show.

+ Mood lighting! It's helpful to have some ambient lighting, a few lamps or overhead lights on a dimmer to set the mood. If you have no control over the lights, don't worry about it.

+ We specify on the hosting submission pages that we don't have openers on these shows unless the tour is set up like that in advance. Please don't ask us to make an exception to have your friend or favorite local songwriter play a few songs before the show. That puts us all in a weird spot when we have to say no. We're already asking fans to sit still and quiet for about 90 minutes. We don't want people to get restless. Plus, an important part of touring is being able to create a routine and consistency for every show. It's much easier to stay on schedule with just one artist playing. Plus we want to minimize the amount of time everyone is in your space. Thanks for understanding.

+ We love dogs and cats... we really do! But an excitable pet running around during the show can be distracting for the guests and performers. I saw a dog spend half the show sniffing a performer's butt. It was weird. Put 'em away, send 'em to a friends house, bring 'em back after the show. Also, a big loud squawking parrot or a loose python isn't a good scene either (yes, both of those things really happened!).

If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask. We're here to help make this easy and fun for everyone.
ph: 217-359-0622 (Monday-Friday / 10am-6pm CT)

Thanks again for making these shows possible and supporting artists in a real and meaningful way.

Jayne  + Bob