Learn About Our House Concerts
Having musical events in a house is a long-standing tradition in many cultures. In western Canada, it’s not as common so it can be intimidating to consider going to the home of people you have never met. Here’s what to expect when you come to one of our house concerts, plus some background information about why we do what we do.
We started our house concert series because Calgary didn’t have a dedicated jazz club where touring musicians could easily book. This meant that Calgarians often missed out on terrific groups who skipped right over Calgary on their way from the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton to to Frankie’s in Vancouver. Having a house concert venue allows us to be flexible on the days we book groups so that we can fit easily into a touring schedule. Our concerts can be on any day of the week, depending on the availability of the musician(s) we are accommodating. We aim to have the music finish by 10 pm so that a weeknight concert is viable for our audience. We generally book one concert a month.
It’s expensive for musicians to tour. Whenever possible, we provide free accommodation, transport and food to our visiting groups to cut costs. There is no cost to play at our venue and all the money from the ticket and merchandise sales goes to the artists. This is our family’s small way of supporting the arts and live music.
You won’t find our address in our promotional materials. That’s because BuckingJam is also our home and we walk an odd line between being a public and private space. If you are new to our house concerts, we will send you our address and directions to the house when you purchase your tickets. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite through a link on our website.
Our doors open at 7:15 pm and music starts at 8 pm sharp. There is always coffee, tea and cookies available before the concert and during the intermission (no charge). You can bring your own wine and beer if you like. Musicians play two sets. Come to listen: while there is always lots of visiting before the concert and during intermission, there is no talking during the sets.
We seat a maximum of 60 people. People on our mailing list get first crack at the tickets before we release them to the general public. We keep a cancellation list for sold-out shows. Our mailing list is strictly private and is used only to contact people about upcoming concerts.
Door prices generally range between $20 and $50. The artists who play here are professional musicians; many are Juno-award winners and all are individuals who are outstanding in their field of music.
Interested? Sign up for our mailing list and like our Facebook page to find out about upcoming shows.