If you are unfamiliar with our coffeehouse, please first read the general information on our home page.
We present eleven concerts a year (the first Saturday of every month except for August). Our shows start at 7:30 with a one-hour open mike set, followed by an intermission. The featured performer(s) start a single set at about 9:00. The set lasts 60 to 70 minutes, including the encore. We do not present opening acts.
We reserve about five of our yearly concerts for Vermont musicians (part of our mission is to help keep our local music culture healthy). That leaves only five or six concerts a year for musicians from out of state. Since some of those concerts are performers we've had previously, there are only a few shows a year for new performers from out of state. We receive many submissions for our in-state slots as well. Even though you may be amazing, we may not have space in our schedule for you. We book only one season at a time; performers are chosen with the particular flow of the season in mind.
Most of the artists we book are actively out on the touring circuit. We may watch up-and-coming artists for a few years before booking. We strive for a high level of musicianship and an ability to interact with an audience. There are many wonderful artists out there trying to survive in the music world, but we are limited by our number of available open dates.
Before submitting to RCCH, please take a look at our home page and at past and future performers to see if you would be a good fit for our coffeehouse.
We try to respond to submissions in a timely fashion, but this is not always possible because we are all volunteers.
Performers interested in being the featured performer should contact Beth Duquette at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are submitting electronically, either an EPK (electronic press kit) or a link to a web site with full song samples, quality photographs and a succinctly written biography will be fine. It is very helpful to have a live performance video online to give us an idea of your show. Members of our selection committee attend conferences (notably, the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and The Folk Alliance International Conference), concerts and festivals to find acts that would work for our coffeehouse.
Admission to the coffeehouse is $10.00 general admission, $15 generous admission and $3 for children under 12. Economically disadvantaged pay what they can afford. People who are baking get in for free, as do the open-mike performers. Our featured performers are paid from the door receipts. We take $200 from the door receipts for our expenses and the remainder goes to the performers. We offer a guarantee. We also sell the performers' CDs and other merchandise, with all those proceeds going directly to them.
The community house can seat about 120 people and has a top capacity of 170. There are no alcoholic beverages or smoking allowed in the community house. There is no "Green Room" at the community house (it was built quite some time ago), but a house belonging to one of the board members is less than half a mile away and is a place to relax, change, and often have dinner. We can also usually put up performers at the house of one of our community members.
We provide a small sound system with an experienced sound technician. Sound check is at 6:00 PM unless other arrangements have been made. We do not have a piano.