You can tell that this is important because there are a lot of words.
The Stage 33 Live Touring Musician Host Network helps connect touring musicians who come to play Stage 33 Live with volunteer home-hosts who will provide them a quiet bed in a safe, clean place. Maybe let them take a shower, maybe feed them a simple meal to help them feel normal and appreciated.
It’s usually solo players; sometimes duos who may or may not be couples; but it’s generally not more than two. They’re usually some variety of acoustic Americana, and usually thoroughly road-tested. Sometimes they travel in a van or a little RV, and would be happy with a place to park and an outlet to plug into (and maybe access to a shower, perhaps some friendly banter).
No money changes hands, no goods or services are exchanged. For the hosts, it’s just an open-hearted way to support a human peer doing their thing in their way to make our world a better place, and to thank them for coming here as part of that effort.
While the Stage 33 Live project was established for our local and regional performers, and they’ll always be our top priority, we also open the stage to bigger names because their participation helps put some reflected gravy on our own home fries. For these established acts, we turn over 100% of the door — but we’re a really small potato patch, and on an off night the door may not even cover the cost of a motel room. That ain’t sustainable. It’s well and good that we’re all volunteers on the Stage 33 Live end of it, but these people, it’s their livelihood… and we really don’t like the idea of them going in the hole because of any shortfall we might face. One day we’re going to be able to offer a minimum financial guarantee, but that day isn’t here yet.
Plus, you might have a future Grammy winner hanging at your place. How cool is that?
To our continuing surprise, we keep hearing from mighty fine, firmly established touring musicians who somehow found out about us (we really need to start asking them how that’s happening), checked out our website and social media, developed a case of cartoon hearts swirling around their heads when they saw our mission to support and nurture the arts and smarts of our neighbors and nearbys, and want to support what we’re doing by coming to play. Which is great, because it offers the best opportunity for mutual support. Permaculture and all that.
But… while that’s a heaping slab of awesome smothered in a tasty awesome sauce and sprinkled with awesome sprinkles, it gives us big pause. We have a brutally honest stock reply about how we’re still just a tiny thing in a financially struggling one-square-mile rural village, and that sometimes attendance is just plain bad for no apparent reason, and that we can’t afford to offer a financial guarantee, and all the red flags. So far, our discouraging words haven’t discouraged anybody’s motivation — though we’re ready for when it inevitably happens, and will have absolutely no hard feelings when it does.
It’s true that the documentation we provide has real value, and can help performers at all levels land shows and boost attendance down the road (once we get it mixed and edited and out), but it doesn’t put gas in their tank or burritos in their belly or a bed under their back today.
And so, in keeping with the Stage 33 Live spirit of trying to do right and put light in this world that we all live in together, the Stage 33 Live Touring Musician Host Network is a thing.
The network consists of people interested in occasionally being a cool and low-key host for a cool and low-key touring musician or two the night before or the night of their show at Stage 33 Live. At the minimum, a host provides a clean and private place for them to sleep. Hosts shouldn’t expect the musicians to stay up partying with them, or to give a private concert or music lessons, or be “on”, or anything. And guests shouldn’t expect the hosts to be waitstaff and larder. Utmost respect is the one expectation of everyone, and everything else is rooted in that.
If you’re interested in being part of the hosting network, drop us a line at email@example.com with an introduction of general details. We’ll add your email address to a private email group for the hosts-in-waiting.
The email group is dormant until a touring musician would like to find a host; when that happens, we’ll post a few details in the hope of one or more hosts being willing and available. Then we’ll put the musician and the host(s) in direct contact so they can “meet” each other and make arrangements. Arrival and departure times, parking, pets, allergies, whether there’s a little space for instruments to be safely kept in the house, any specific needs of or requests by either side, house rules, and all those sorts of things should be considered and addressed in advance for everybody’s happiness.
It’s fine and good if more than one host steps up — every host has a different situation and location and type of accommodation, and one might simply be more suitable for a given performer than another. And performing duos, whether they’re couples or not, might appreciate having a night in separate places.
Stage 33 Live will comp hosts and a guest for the show, we can do that much! Other than that, it’s a totally volunteer thing.
There has to be a disclaimer, because despite our most earnest wishes there continues to be buttheads in our fantasyland. Stage 33 Live isn’t liable for any issues that come up between hosts and guests; we just help make the initial connection. If either the host or the guest feels like anything is skeezy at any point, they’re not obliged to go forward. If a reasonable complaint is made about a host, that host will be unceremoniously and promptly dropped from the network. Likewise, if a reasonable complaint is made about a musician, that musician won’t be eligible to be hosted in the future.