After hosting a neighborhood holiday party for many years, we decided we wanted to try events in our backyard that would bring neighbors and friends together to feature local musicians. Other neighbors had brought people together for small house concerts, especially in the wintertime.
After trying two summertime events in 2014, we expanded to five events in 2015, relying on outreach through the “Cool Kids” page for West 7th residents on Facebook at the time, and word-of-mouth. We expanded to 5-7 shows/year since 2016.
All of the work for the shows is provided by neighborhood volunteers (including Ann Treacy who generously volunteered her time to build this website for us!): sound, greeting, merch, and food for the bands. Neighborhood businesses cover our hard costs. As hosts we don’t make any money from the shows.
Shows have grown since then, through 2019. Our goal is to create a space that is supportive of artists and community building, and a welcoming space for anyone who attends.