A true staple of rock and roll is a good old fashioned house show. The house show or house party can be enjoyed by high school garage bands and adult bands alike. Compared to more traditional venues, house shows provide a more intimate and inclusive atmosphere for both bands and audience members. While they may not always be as glorious as they are portrayed in movies, a well-run house show is a thing of beauty and actually takes a lot of organization to get right.
Aside from making sure the neighbors are going to be fine with the noise, moving furniture and valuable electronics out of the way, and buying enough chips and soda to feed a small army, you need to make sure the band or bands have all the equipment they need to perform. While it seems fairly simple, there are a few commonly overlooked items, especially by bands that have never hosted or played at a house show. Whether you’re throwing the party in your living room, or you’ve been invited to play at your neighbor’s backyard 4th of July BBQ, here are some items you should make sure are present at your house show.
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