What we're about

This group is for acoustic music lovers interested in hearing live music in an intimate venue: our living room. A house concert is just what the name suggests: a concert in a house. More accurately, it is really a concert in a home, since the word house doesn’t convey the sense of warmth and welcome that characterizes a house concert. House concerts are magical for both the musicians and the listeners. Everyone is together, up close and personal, the musicians to play and the audience to listen. Our home is in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.

Our shows feature acoustic musicians performing folk, acoustic, singer/songwriter, traditional, bluegrass and blues music. Note that while these are house concerts, even though we are in Chicago, this is not house music.

Our house concerts are private parties for our friends. We welcome new friends who love live music. Reservations are required for all shows so that we make sure everyone gets a seat.

An artist donation is requested for the musicians. This is a voluntary donation. $15 to $20 donation per person is suggested for most shows. All of these funds go directly to the musician(s).

What’s in it for us? We get to hear great musicians play in our living room and share the music with our friends. House concerts are a social occasion – we start off with a potluck of food and wine brought to share and a chance for everyone to visit. Then we move to the living room to listen to the music. Usually the musicians play two sets with a break in the middle for socializing and buying CDs.

Musicians: we only host 12 shows a year and only with folks we've seen in person and known for a while. More details of our booking approach are at: https://houseconcerts.wordpress.com/getting... (https://houseconcerts.wordpress.com/getting-booked-at-windy-city-house-concerts-or-not/). Please enquire via the email link there and not on Meetup. Thanks, Lee

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Ari & Mia live in the living room!

Windy City House Concerts

Music at 4:00 p.m. Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m. $20 suggested artist donation* For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at [masked] or at[masked] Free childcare provided (advance notice required) Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound. Since 2008 the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory's cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. They've performed alongside Sarah Jarosz, opened for the likes of Cheryl Wheeler and Catie Curtis, and played at venues such as Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Mainstage Emerging Artist Showcase, Club Passim, the Parlor Room, New Bedford Folk Festival, and Jordan Hall. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari's song "Old Man" was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition. Ari & Mia just put out a new album, Sew The City, which was debuted on billboard.com! “Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with lyrical wizardry and expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds. Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steely-Eye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins. “The ladies use their varied instruments wisely, thoughtfully and cleverly. They are only two people after all, but at times they sound like a full band. Each instrument adds a melodic piece of the puzzle and as they proceed the picture of the puzzle becomes more and more clear. They add and subtract their varied instruments at moments when the instruments provide their sharpest imagery and appeal. This is European rural type music, filled with colorful flowers and meadows, rushing cool rivers, smoke from a thatched roof chimney and created with a vibrant old world flavor. The hocus pocus and abracadabra is all in their vocals. So distinctive and shined to a sparkle.” — No Depression “Ari & Mia blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles.” — SingOut! Magazine "Ari & Mia are promising talents who have what it takes to make it. Their charming vocals, instrumental expertise, and interpretations shine." — Common Folk Music "Deceptively simple and highly personal...the intimacy just blows your mind. They seamlessly genre blend some organic styles into one delightfully tasty stew that'll have you coming back for seconds --- and more." — Midwestrecord.com http://www.ariandmiamusic.com https://www.facebook.com/ariandmiamusic/ https://soundcloud.com/ariandmia https://www.instagram.com/ariandmiamusic/ https://twitter.com/ariandmiamusic https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEFDEEdwjCR1fuoxlv-4xQ

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