© 1997 / 2015
Russ & Julie's
Bill & Kate Isles
Left Of Memphis
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
Tim Tedrow & Terry Vreeland
"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."
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!"
"This is my favorite gig! See you soon."
"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."
"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."
(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..."
"Thanks a lot for allowing me to play for you-- I hope I didn't leave too many dead notes on the carpet."
"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..."
"...such a wonderful environment... no better venue in the world than the intimate experience here--"
"Russ & Julie - A perfect 10!"
"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."
"Thank you so much for opening you house and heart to supporting this music."
"If there's a better venue in the USA, I certainly haven't seen it! I completely enjoyed performing here -- it's inspiring."
"Thanks to you Russ & Julie for having such a great place to play. Love the vibe, hope to return."
"I haven't had this much fun performing in a long time."
"The best place to play in the world--"
"Once in a great while, one wants to be great-- It was that way for me here tonight."
"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!
"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."
"Thanks for opening your house to me and the gang. Excellent desserts!"
"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..."
"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."
"I look forward to the next time -- I loved being here."
(founding member of The Manhattan Transfer)
"Thanks for letting us jam in your living room! I had a great time!"
"Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us. It really was a great experience!"
"You guys are the very coolest! Your support and friendship means the world to us..."
(of The Painted iD)
"Let's Do It Again Next Week"
(of The Cache Valley Drifters)
"Thank you for making us feel so at home!!! We loved the whole experience."
"The Carnegie Hall of Oak Park!"
"My favorite House Concert! Thanks for keeping it going."
"Tonight was wonderful. Thank you for believing in music & supporting us songwriters!"
"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!"
"You guys are amazing! I love your scene."
"Thanks for opening your home and hearts. This is THE BEST venue!"
"What you guys do for the music community is outstanding! You guys make it possible."
"You are the saints of supporting live music."
Peter Tucker (of Houston Jones)
"One of the best house concerts EVER!"
"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!"
"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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