Frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions we’ve heard from attendees:
Why should I pay $20 to listen to music in your backyard?
All money collected at a house concert goes directly to the musician(s). The invited artists make their living playing events and house concerts around the country and this donation ensures that they can continue to entertain all of us year after year.
What if it rains?
We watch the forecast carefully and make preparations for adverse weather conditions. The yard has several patio umbrellas that provide shade on hot days or shelter when a shower passes through.
If we anticipate prolonged rain activity, we will erect two large canopies and a 20-foot “garage” in the yard, with a clear view of the stage. If the weather is just too messy, the concert can be moved inside the house.
How much do you make for a concert?
Paul and Annie do not receive any money for house concerts. We do this because we LOVE to share this musical talent with our friends. We guarantee the artist a minimum amount, so depending on attendance, it is sometimes necessary for us to make up the difference. Again, ALL collected donations go directly to the artist.
Can I tip the musicians?
Absolutely! The donation request is a minimum, but if you really like the music and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to give above that amount. Another way to show your love is to purchase the artists CDs and merchandise - that way you can take their music home with you.
Can I smoke?
We ask smokers and vapers to be considerate of other attendees by moving away from the group and also being aware of the wind direction.
Where can I park?
Street parking is available in front of our house and around the block behind the house (there is a rear entrance as well). Please reserve the driveway for the musicians to load and unload their gear. You may use the driveway to drop off coolers and chairs, so you don’t have to carry them from where you park. Please be courteous to our neighbors and do not block their driveways or yards. Handicapped parking is not specifically designated but if you let us know ahead of time, we will save a close space for you.
Can I bring pets?
We know your fur babies love music, but please do not bring pets to the house concerts.
Is there food at a house concert?
Guests are always invited to bring food to share. You are also welcome to bring take-out food for yourself and anything else that you want to eat during a concert. Paul and Annie will sometimes provide food, but because we don’t always know how many will attend, it’s nice when people show up with food to share!
What is the dress code?
Tropical, casual, comfortable clothes are the best. Shorts, flip flops, tank tops, and even swimwear are the norm.
For Sunny Jim concerts, “Rum Shoes” are appropriate and monkeys are always welcome.
Is dancing allowed?
Not only is it allowed, it is encouraged! Your feet will not be able to resist tapping or dancing and impromptu conga lines have been known to break out. You can dance on our super-soft sandy beach, near the stage, or even in your chair – whatever moves you!
Is there a pool?
We have a 15-foot above-ground pool that we usually put up in May. Guests are welcome to use the pool, but we ask that all the mermaids and cabana boys keep noise and splashing to a minimum during the show. Of course, pool dancing and singing are encouraged.