The Toyes' House Concerts
The Toyes’ house concerts are an exciting way to experience the fun vibe and great music of The Toyes in the most intimate way possible.
Experience this acoustic event as The Toyes duo sing and play their many instruments and percussion, and wend their way through their unique catalog of original music, including the classic Smoke Two Joints.
The Toyes acoustic sets feature a one hour set of music and storytelling, a break, and then another 30 to 45 minutes of music.
The show ends with a Q+A period and CD signing. Have questions about "Smoke Two Joints" or how Mawg got his name or anything else? Now’s your chance!
HOSTING A HOUSE CONCERT
For those of you wanting to host a Toyes house concert, we ask that you can get at least 30-40 people gathered for the event , and have a space at least 10 feet wide by 6 feet deep with access to electricity for the band. We ask for a $20 donation per person which goes directly to the artist. (If the host wants to host a free party, he or she can elect in advance to pay the artist a flat fee of $800.)
For best results in assuring at least 30-40 people will attend: E mail, invite via www.evite.com, or snail mail invitations with an RSVP option, and follow up with at least one phone call. It’s a given that some people often cancel at the last minute, so please invite well over 40. Feel free to forward the URL www.thetoyes.com to let invitees have a look at all the great content there, including audio samples and more.
The following are some frequently asked questions about hosting a house concert as found in part at www.concertsinyourhome.com.
Q: So what's a House Concert?
A: It's an intimate concert that you host in the safety and comfort of your own home.
Q: Who attends a House Concert?
A: Your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. They're people you know. You don't have strangers coming to your home unless you choose to make it public.
Q: How do I set up my house for a House Concert?
A: Pick one of the larger rooms in your home and choose an area for the per- former. Decide where you want the "stage" to be. Choose an area that is viewable from most of the room, and that will be away from the lanes of traffic. Arrange couches and chairs (depending on how many guests you expect) so that everyone will naturally face the performer. You may need to move some tables and other furniture into another room. Arrange chairs to accommodate entrance and exits, lighting, and sight lines to the artist etc.
Q: What about that "stage" thing you mention?
A: A stage is not required. But if you choose to have a stage, it can be something as simple as a rug on a thick sheet of plywood elevated by cinder blocks. Just make sure it's sturdy!! Elevating the performer just a few inches can really add a nice touch, and allow the audience (especially those in the back) to see better.
Q: Do I charge the guests for the House Concert?
A: It's a private party, not a business. We suggest you ask for a $20 donation which goes to the artist. The host collects the donations and presents the money to the performer at the close of the show. Some hosts like to collect as guests enter, but many prefer to wait until everyone is seated, and collect donations shortly before the start of the show. A host may also choose to pay a flat fee to the performer if they would rather host a free concert. (This would be $800)
Q: Is there food and drink at a House Concert?
A: Yes. And like all aspects of a House Concert the particulars are up to the host. Some hosts provide simple soft drinks, chips and veggie platters during intermission. Some ask the guests to BYOB alcoholic beverages. Some host an extensive BBQ or pot luck buffet before the concert. It's entirely up to you, the host.
Q: How long does the concert last?
A: Typically, The Toyes will perform two sets, the first of which is one hour long. There will be an intermission between the two sets to allow guests to stretch, grab a snack, use the restroom etc. This is also an opportune time for guests to purchase CDs from the artist. Typically, guests will ask for autographs or chat a little with the performers. The second set runs 30 to 45 minutes and is followed by a Q&A and CD signing session.
Q: How much time is needed to set up the equipment?
A: In most cases two hours would be a safe amount of time to set up the gear and have 30 or so minutes to relax before the show.
Q: Do you have posters we can put up at work?
A: Yes we do. They’re 11” X 17”. Just request by e mail with the quantity you think you’ll need + a mailing address.