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© 1997 / 2015
Russ & Julie's
House Concerts
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Laurel Masse
Laurel Massé

Bill & Kate Isles
Bill & Kate Isles

Jonathan Pointer
Jonathan Pointer

Left Of Memphis
Left Of Memphis

SeeSaw
SeeSaw

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Mare Lennon
Mare Lennon

Tim Tedrow & Terry Vreeland
Tim Tedrow & Terry Vreeland

Cathy-Anne McClintock
Cathy-Anne McClintock

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"The exciting thing I've noticed about house concerts, is that they help people remember that they can actively enjoy acoustic music, when it's presented in the right way. Many people leave their first house concert rejuvenated with a new love for the arts, and a dedication to bring it back into their lives."
Fran Snyder
(of www.concertsinyourhome.com)

Quotes From Past Performers:

"So glad that first one left you with a good enough feeling that you want to do more!! I'm with you all the way!"
Severin Browne

"This is my favorite gig! See you soon."
Penny Nichols

"At the vanguard of the house concert craze!"
Michael Monagan (of SeeSaw)

"What a great memory! We had a blast!"
Eric Lowan (of Lowan & Navarro)

"One of the top 5 things of my life! A great night. A real pleasure."
Doug Haywood

"Thanx. Soooo much! What fun!! Let's Do It Again Soon"
Mark Lennon (of Venice)

"This takes the cake!! The warmest, friendly room I can remember playing. Thanks for a wonderful evening."
John Beland
(formerly of the Flying Burrito Brothers)

"What a gift to have you in this community. It was an honor to play our music in your wonderful living room."
Sharon Benson (of Soul Dogs)

"Russ & Julie, you are such special people to open your home and share our music with the public! This was one of the most satisfying concerts I've done -- and I will always remember it..."
Laurie Z.

"Thanks a lot for allowing me to play for you-- I hope I didn't leave too many dead notes on the carpet."
Mike Mullins

"Your concert was the best concert we've ever had the pleasure of playing, hands down! It is exactly the kind of intimate, golden environment I feel spiritually the best playing in."
Carol Tatum (of Angels Of Venice)

"We had a wonderful time... a great crowd..."
Wendy Waldman

"...such a wonderful environment... no better venue in the world than the intimate experience here--"
Harold Payne

"Russ & Julie - A perfect 10!"
Dan Navarro

"Best House Concert on the planet!"
Calman Hart (of Berkley Hart)

"Thank you so much for this great opportunity of warmth, heart, laughter... Great night, great people, great inspiration! You guys are the best."
Eleanore MacDonald

"Thank you so much for opening you house and heart to supporting this music."
Daryl S.

"If there's a better venue in the USA, I certainly haven't seen it! I completely enjoyed performing here -- it's inspiring."
Artie Traum

"Thanks to you Russ & Julie for having such a great place to play. Love the vibe, hope to return."
Walter Egan

"I haven't had this much fun performing in a long time."
Eliza Jane

"The best place to play in the world--"
Tracy Newman

"Once in a great while, one wants to be great-- It was that way for me here tonight."
Chuck Pyle

"We three men of Big Wide Room had a gas playing the Russ & Julie's House Concert series... You two are extraordinary hosts -- and our fellowship with you beforehand was a delight. It was a pleasure to catch you dancing!
David Zink
"Thank you for having me at your beautiful house. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. You are doing a wonderful thing, supplying a nurturing venue for live music. All of us who play it thank you."
Freebo

"Thanks for opening your house to me and the gang. Excellent desserts!"
John Hall

"My 1st concert (solo) & I couldn't have been more pleased... Had the most fun!"
Bill Payne (of Little Feat)

"A unique and wonderful experience..."
Laurence Juber

"Thanks so much for supporting us and for having such a great place to play. Too bad you guys don't live at the Hollywood Bowl or some place like that."
Peter Debaets (of The Painted iD)

"You guys rock! This was the most fun you can have in a room full of adults."
Kenny Edwards

"I look forward to the next time -- I loved being here."
Laurel Massé
(founding member of The Manhattan Transfer)

"Thanks for letting us jam in your living room! I had a great time!"
Darryl Purpose

"Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us. It really was a great experience!"
David West

"You guys are the very coolest! Your support and friendship means the world to us..."
Tori S.
(of The Painted iD)

"Let's Do It Again Next Week"
Bill Griffin
(of The Cache Valley Drifters)

"Thank you for making us feel so at home!!! We loved the whole experience."
Debra Davis

"The Carnegie Hall of Oak Park!"
David Roth

"My favorite House Concert! Thanks for keeping it going."
Laurence Juber

"Tonight was wonderful. Thank you for believing in music & supporting us songwriters!"
Kimberly Dahme

"Thanks for this amazing experience, we loved it!"
Monica Pasqual (of Blame Sally)

"We love this house! Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Jeff Berkley (of Berkley Hart)

"Loved every second!"
John Young

"You guys are amazing! I love your scene."
Rob Laufer

"Thanks for opening your home and hearts. This is THE BEST venue!"
Doug Ingoldsby

"What you guys do for the music community is outstanding! You guys make it possible."
Luke Halpin

"You are the saints of supporting live music."
Peter Tucker (of Houston Jones)

"One of the best house concerts EVER!"
Jill Knight

"Russ & Julie really get it, and it's clear they love doing it! Whether you're on their stage or in their audience, you're in for a magical musical experience you won't soon forget. It was an honor and a pleasure to perform in this special space for such an appreicative audience and for hosts with such beautiful, musical souls. Thanks Much!"
Angelo M.
"Russ & Julie's did it again! Last nite was definitely one of the most entertaining events in my 45+ years of being involved with such gatherings! EXCELLENT from every aspect, from the promotion to the ambiance of your home, to the quality of the event itself!... and that sense was certainly reflected in the outstanding performance given by the scheduled performers, as well as the 'guest' that they seamlessly invited to share in their 'magic'! Last nite's performance will surely be one of those included, when they write the book about... 'Were you there the night that... '. Thanks, again!"
Ned Treanor, April 2009
(Folk historian, former "Folk Club" owner, writer, performer,
producer, agent, manager... and Pete Seeger associate)

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Jim Messina
Jim Messina

Ellis Paul
Ellis Paul

Eliza Jane
Eliza Jane

Harold Payne
Harold Payne

Jennifer Spector
Jennifer Spector

GrooveLily Duo
GrooveLily Duo

Claudia Russell
Claudia Russell

Gerry O'Beirne
Gerry O'Beirne

Jim Photoglo
Jim Photoglo

Anastasia & John
Anastasia & John

Annie Gallup
Annie Gallup

Antara & Delilah
Antara & Delilah

Wade Biery
Wade Biery

The Folk Collection
The Folk Collection

Nathan Rogers
Nathan Rogers

". . . That's the honesty lacking in so much of today's mainstream art/media. It rolls off our backs because it isn't made for us. It's made for non-thinking robots with no soul. But the people at Russ & Julie's house had soul. . .

. . . There were seats in clubs back in those days. But now music is something you've got to stand to listen to. It's about the shared experience more than what you hear in your head.

But the old experience lives on. Along with the old performers. In houses across this great country of ours. The gigs might not be reported to Pollstar, the CDs sold for fifteen bucks might never show up in SoundScan, but what's going down in these suburban neighborhoods is every bit as valid as what happens at those massive gigs with ducats sold by TicketMaster. . ."

Bob Lefsetz, June 11, 2007
(The Lefsetz Letter - www.lefsetz.com)