Music lovers hear this concert in a house
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:00 PM
"Whidbey House ConcertNicole Campbell performs Saturday, June 17, at 8 p.m. Audience members are welcome to arrive at 7 p.m. with a dish to share for a potluck dinner before the show. Tickets are $10 and must be pre-paid (seating is limited). Call 341-1739 or email email@example.com. Nicole Campbell's Website is www.nicolecampbell.com.Jennifer Kallen wants music lovers to know there is more out there than commercial radio stations and promoters would have listeners believe. So she is providing a personal venue for the independent artists she believes are important to contemporary musical culture.Kallen invites the musicians into her home on South Whidbey and perform for a small audience, in a warm and friendly, candlelit setting that becomes a memorable experience for both performer and listener. She calls it the Whidbey House Concert Series. And so far both the musicians and those who appreciate them have called the events unqualified successes.Independent artists have no deep pockets, she said. And they also want to have control over their music, rather than have the major labels decide what radio audiences will hear.Kallen knows whereof she speaks, after producing radio shows in St. Louis and Tacoma.I want to educate people about independent music that you won't hear on commercial radio, help them make a musical connection, she said. Through the programs, I've also been able to meet and keep in touch with the artists through the years.The personal acquaintanceships have served Kallen well since she moved to Whidbey just last fall and rented a house in Clinton with a view of Possession Sound. With the permission of the owner, she began hosting the House Concerts in November, and since then has welcomed various singer-songwriters, most recently Rebecca Riots and Karen Pernick, and this Saturday Nicole Campbell.Guests pay $10 a ticket, and are asked to bring a potluck party dish and their own beverage. All the money collected goes to the artists.That can make quite a difference to them, Kallen said. Most venues take 40 to 50 percent of the money. I can seat 30 people in the audience, and that's a nice bit of money.These independent musicians have no dollars behind them, Kallen added.They put everything they have into what they do.The setting of the House Concerts is a big plus for the venue.It's all by candlelight overlooking an incredible view of the water and mountains, Kallen said. The experience is a unique one in that the audience experiences incredible music performances in their purest form.Also, she added, 'Cool' music fans come to these concerts!Next up on the series program is Karen Capaldi, who will be here on July 22."