Black Oak Artists
"Mallory has an achingly beautiful voice and vibrato that I just love. Scott’s voice is the perfect foil for hers as well as a wonderful singer in his own right. I’ve never heard a better nose flautist than Mallory ( although I’d never heard one before at all). Still it’s a skill! The song writing is funny, moving, thought provoking. The audience rapport is great. Delightful, interesting guests."
E. Files, June 2022, Columbiaville, MI
"Fabulous! There just aren’t enough superlatives to describe a house show with The Rough and Tumble. Our third show with these talented musicians was one of the best ever. Our ‘rule’ is to book an artist for a show that doesn’t sound like the artist we hosted last. The Rough and Tumble fit in anywhere because there is nothing out there like the music—and the show—these two create. The warm and instant connection they make with an audience is rare and makes all the difference in an intimate venue like a house concert. Any host would give up their last chocolate brownie just to be able to present these artists to their audience. Book them for their music, but I guarantee you won’t have more fun with anyone when it comes to pre-show communication or enjoying them as your houseguests. Even their hamster is fun."
D. Goodband, September 2021, Manhattan, KS
"This was our first concert of 2022 and WHAT A CONCERT IT WAS!! The Rough and Tumble were just amazing! They are so talented and egually as entertaining with great stories and jokes. Our audience LOVED them! Mallory plays a blinding array of instruments and, well things that make music that she leaves you in awe; and then she takes over the night with her georgeous voice and heart. Not to leave Scott out he is also awesome on guitar and harmony. Love at first concert! Can't go wrong. BOOK THEM!!"
-B. Sands, May 2022, Green Bay, WI
"Wow! Scott and Mallory rolled into town, and left my fans nearly speechless. Their songs and musicianship were very good, and Mallory's extensive box of, and array of instruments kept everyone's interest peaked. They had the audience on the edge of their seats and the interaction was fun. Easy to communicate with and if you host them, you won't be sorry."
-B. Fulton, March 2020, Westcliffe, CO
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Here's the breakdown!
House shows are a low budget, low pressure way to invite friends and family in and enjoy live music without having to change out of your pajamas. Hosting varies from potlucks to food-provided to drinks only to BYO-everything to virtual hangs!-- you can decide!
Here are the guidelines!
have or clear a space for two traveling musicians & their instruments.
invite as many or few people you want, 20 minimum (this ensures a fun night and our gas covered!)
house shows are donation based! Hosts have asked anywhere from $15-$40 per person.
encourage your attendees to bring extra cash to purchase merchandise!
we ask that hosts communicate to attendees that this is a house SHOW, not a house PARTY. We spend a lot of time honing an intimate, fun night of music-- which can only be possible with listening ears. Some hosts have, in the past, provided a separate space for those who have conversations that just can't wait.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to make the environment YOU want:
Do I want food at this show? Potluck or provided?
Do I want alcohol at this show? Provided or BYO?
Do I want to be indoors or outdoors? Do I have an in-case-of-rain back up plan?
Do I want this event to be closed or open to the public (just my friends, or can my friends and the band also invite people?).
Is there limited space? Do I need people to RSVP to ensure that everyone has a seat?
Do people need to provide their own chairs (outdoors)?
And, don't worry-- your pals, The Rough & Tumble, will be there to help you every step of the way. We even come with our own sound system for those larger backyards.
Sound fun? We think so.
Send us an email, and let's get a date on the calendar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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