PITTSBURG — The price of a backstage pass and meet and greet with a talented musician can sometimes run hundreds of dollars — or more.

However, Tony White, of Lakewood House Concerts, said there is a much easier way to get an up-close concert with a musician fans admire, simply come to a house concert.

White, and his wife Rhonda, have been hosting house concerts for several years, and said that it’s one of the best ways to get to know an artist.

“With a house concert, you have an opportunity to interact with the artist,” White. “You get a lot more stories about the music between songs as well, it’s a different environment than a large concert.”

White explained his house concerts start with a potluck to which concert-goers can contribute, encouraging a close atmosphere among the attendees.

He also said that the concept of house concerts draws popular artists who are happy to take a break during trips to other venues and participate in a smaller environment.

On Aug. 26 and 27 Lakewood House Concerts will be hosting well known country artist Mary Gauthier. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.

Gauthier has been featured on several television programs, and her most recent album, _Rifles & Rosary Beads_ was declared by _Rolling Stone_ as “one of the best albums of 2018 so far”.

The album is a collaboration between Gauthier, and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

According to _Rolling Stone’s_ website, "By sharing her platform with the voices of veterans, Gauthier's album serves as a necessary lesson in the power of country-folk storytelling and its ability to provide a voice for the voiceless."

According to White, Lakewood House donates all the money raised to the artists, and even offer them a bedroom so they can reduce costs. Artists are also welcome to sell their cd’s and other merchandise after the concert.
The suggested donation for the concert is $20. Seats are limited and provided on a registration-only basis. To register simply email lakewoodhouseconcerts@gmail.com.