Welcome to Inside Lands

If you love live music, but don’t like loud crowds, come to our next house concert.

Every month, we present songwriters in listening spaces around northern California. All donations go the musicians or the charities at our benefit shows. Everyone is welcome. Anyone can attend.

Though these are private parties, anyone can request an invitation to attend by signing up for our mailing list through the form below. To see announcements of upcoming shows, follow us on these channels.

Facebook.com/insidelandshouseconcerts
Instagram.com/inside_lands
Reverbnation.com/drewpearce
Drewpearce.bandcamp.com
Twitter.com/insidelandssf
Soundcloud.com/drew-pearce-1

San Francisco Bay Area house concerts

Coming soon to Inside Lands:

Sunday, December 15 (potluck lunch)
Bobby Jo Valentine + Emily Zisman
Sebastopol, California
Reserve seats at inside-lands.ticketleap.com

Saturday, December 21
Soulstice Song Circle
w/ Francesca Lee
Fiver Brown + Matt Herrero
Sausalito, California
Reserve seats on Eventbrite

Saturday, January 11
To Wake You + Owen Roberts
Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco
Reserve seats on Eventbrite

Saturday, January 25
Jesse Brewster + Tony Hannah
Andrew Griffin of Felsen
San Rafael, California
Reserve seats on Eventbrite

Saturday, February 1
Josh McIntosh + Susan Zelinsky
Alex Webber of Hangover Sessions
San Anselmo, California
Reserve seats by email request

Saturday, March 7
The Musers
Sebastopol, California
Reserve seats by email request

Sunday, March 29
Graham Patzner (Whiskerman)
Rachael Sage + Ira Marlowe
The Monkey House Theater in Berkeley, California
Reserve seats by email request

Saturday, April 4
Noe Venable + Petracovich
Sebastopol, California
Reserve seats by email request

Sign up to receive invites

If you love live music, but don’t like loud crowds talking through the performance, come to Inside Lands. Every month, we present singer/songwriters in listening spaces and living rooms throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Tickets” are actually suggested donations. All of the donations go the musicians or the charities at our benefit shows. Though these are private parties, anyone can request an invitation to attend by signing up for our mailing list through the form below.

Song Circle Music Parties

Do you sing and write songs? Play guitar, piano, mandolin, ukelele, cello or any other acoustic instrument? Join us for one of our Song Circle Music Parties.

They’re a super casual hangout. Musicians trading songs. Like an open mic without a mic. They usually happen around lunchtime and last for a few hours. Different locations and hosts each time.

Our next one is happening on September 7, 2019 at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco. If you’d like to come play some songs with us, send an email, and I’ll reply with the details.

Past performers

Here are some of musicians I’ve had the pleasure of presenting at Inside Lands and my original series, Bay Area House Concerts.

A Great Big World (Ian Axel and Chad King)
Adrianne (The Rescues)
Ali Handal
Allie Moss (Ingrid Michaelson band)
Amber Rubarth
Amie Penwell
Amy Obenski
Audrey Auld
Austin Willacy
Azuah
Blame Sally
Bob Hillman
Bobby Jo Valentine
Brad Brooks
Brindl
Cello Joe
Chris Hanlin
Chris Von Sneidern
Danny Schmidt
David Hopkins
Dear John, Love Renée
Deborah Crooks
Echoes + Artifacts
Edie Carey
Elizabeth and The Catapult
Elliot Randall
Essence
Felsen
Forest Sun
Francesca Lee
Garren Benfield
Graham Patzner (Whiskerman)
Greg Holden
Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
Gregory Alan Isakov
Heather Combs
Ira Marlowe
Jay Nash
Jean Mann
Jeff Campbell (Static & Surrender)
Jeff Pehrson (Box Set)
Jesse Brewster
Jill Sobule
Jim Brunberg (Box Set)
Jerry Hannan
Jhene Canody
Joe Rathbone
John Craigie
John Walter (Walty)
Jollymonster
Keeley Valentino
Keith Greeninger
Kelly McFarling
Ken Newman
Kunkel & Harris
Kwame Copeland
Kyler England (The Rescues)
Kyle Alden
Kyle Williams
Kym Tuvim
Larkin Gayl
Leila Milki
Louise Goffin
Madeline Tasquin
Maggie Forti
Mark Davis (To Wake You)
Mary Scholz
Matt Langlois (Welcome Matt)
Matt Lucas
Megan Slankard
Michael McGovern
Michael McNevin
Michelle Lewis
Misner & Smith
Mike Gibbons
Mike Rufo
Molly Venter (Red Molly)
Monica Pasqual (Blame Sally)
Nick Shattell (not an Airplane)
Nina Storey
Noe Venable
Oona Garthwaite (Marston)
Paul Brill
Paul Manousos
Peter Case (Plimsouls)
Petracovich
Rachael Sage
Rebecca Loebe
Reed Foehl
Rick Hardin
Rose Cousins
Rosi Golan
Sally Jaye
Susan Zelinsky
Talia Paul
Teja Gerken
Tom Rhodes
To Wake You
Uma Robin Mackey
William Fitzsimmons
Yours Truly, Michele

New song: The Other Side of the Faultline

Here’s a new song I made with Gawain Mathews, Leah Jones and Emilie Rohrbach. I co-wrote it with my friend Jason Roberts, best known as the author of “A Sense of the World.” You can download this song at drewpearce.basecamp.com or listen to it at Reverbnation.com/drewpearce. All proceeds from Bandcamp downloads go to Blanket The Homeless, the amazing project created by my friend, Ken Newman.

Went all the way west  ’til I hit the blue

Had to get to land’s end then start anew

Don’t remember anymore what I thought I’d find

But I’m 30 years closer to the other side of the faultline

Sugar, I’m a salt mine

Maybe this is all I’m ever gonna be

Steady to a fault, I’m breaking at the same time

Came out of the flame, I’m ashes on the sea

Well, my father said “Run from the shaky ground”

“Better do as I did, turn yourself around”

Dad, I never had the need to settle down

Didn’t blame ya then, don’t blame ya now for the faultline

Running through the salt time

Way below the wall, I’m tunneled underneath

Waiting for a chance, I’m patient like a landmine

Not the way I planned I’m always gonna be…

Perpetually in motion

Chasing the sea change

Dying to be growing

Going up in flame

Show me the last place here to see the setting sun

Future island on the other side of Highway One

As it tears away slow like a summer night

I can watch you letting go from the other side of the faultline

Knowing it was all mine

Slowing to a crawl, I’m struggling to breathe

It isn’t your fault, I’m guarded like a vault,

I’m burning down the wall,

I’m ashes on the sea

credits

Words & Music by Drew Pearce and Jason Roberts.
Vocals: Drew Pearce
Guitar, keyboard: Gawain Mathews
Bass: Jason Roberts
Harmony vocals: Leah Jones, Emilie Rohrbach
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Gawain Mathews

All donations go to the musicians

House Concert in Sonoma

Every month, my friends and I present acoustic music parties in homes and private listening rooms around northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. 100% of the audience donations go to the musicians.

A few months ago, I was surprised to learn that some of the major players in the house show scene don’t compensate the musicians who play their shows. To me, this goes against the tradition of house concerts.

The fact that they don’t promote the names of the performers before the show underscores the belief that the platform is more important than the musicians.

It reminds of that stat showing how many millions of plays an artist would have to get on Spotify to earn the average salary of a Spotify employee. Same with the iPhone. Why do we value the machine that holds the music more than the human who created it?

Almost all of the hosts I know volunteer their time and open their homes to support the musicians who’ve been struggling to make any money from their recordings for the past 20 years. If we let corporations commodify the whole concept of community by taking over the house show scene, the musicians will suffer.

Let’s not let that happen, yeah? Let’s create a community that values the musicians first and foremost. Will you help me do that by coming to our shows and bringing your friends? To sign up for our list and receive invites to our upcoming shows, visit insidelands.org

New music video: “Fight or Flight” featuring Jeff Campbell of Static & Surrender

Here’s something fun that happened. A few weeks before the 2016 election, after a series of sleepless nights, I woke up before dawn with this song in my head.

Up until then, I’d been in a creative drought for years. But the tension of the campaign ended up inspiring me in unexpected ways. For the first time in 8 years, I’d finished a song I felt good about.

So I asked my friend Jeff Campbell—leader of Pine & Battery, Static & Surrender and one of my musical heroes—if he’d produce the track. He went a step further and ended up playing guitar, arranging vocals, and writing the intro and bridge for the song.

Hard to put into words how lucky I feel to have such a supportive friend. Big thanks also to the fantastically talented Gawain Mathews for capturing the Kings of Leon meets Pete Yorn sound I had in my head, and to Rick Munoz who rocked like a thunder god on the drums.

When you download my song “Fight or Flight” at drewpearce.bandcamp.com, 100% of my proceeds will be donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency who are helping refugee children and families receive life-saving relief and support.

Thanks for listening and supporting the cause!

FAQ

Q: How can I get involved in hosting a music party at my place?
A: I love collaborating with other people who want to give songwriters a place to perform. If you have a place that can fit 40-50 people and would like to have me organize, promote and co-host a show at your home, send me an email and let’s talk about possible dates and artists.

Q: Are these music parties open to the public? 
A: Yes. Though these are private parties, anyone can request an invitation. Just send me an email and let me know which show you want to see.

Q: How can I get invitations to these gatherings?
A: Just send me an email and let me know which show you’d like to attend. I’ll reply with address and details.

Q: Who gets the audience donations?
A: 100% of the donations at the shows and on inside-lands.ticketleap.com go to the performers. One of my main motivations for creating the Inside Lands series was to support the indie musicians I love and try to help them earn a living from their art.

Q: Is this a business? Are you a professional music promoter?
A: No. This is my hobby.

Q: Why are you doing this? 
A: Just for fun. I’m a former performing songwriter who still loves hearing bands play in listening rooms and small venues where the audience is there more for the music than the social scene. A lot of those venues have closed, so my friends and I are doing what we can to create alternative venues in living rooms, yoga studios and wine tasting rooms.

Q: How can I get booked as a featured performer? 
A: If you’re a singer-songwriter who’d like to perform at Inside Lands, introduce yourself in person at our next event. Booking decisions are shared by the homeowner co-hosts. Most shows are solo singer/songwriters performing in the round, and I lean toward San Francisco Bay Area acoustic acts that don’t need a PA. But I always love being introduced to new music, especially if you play indie folk, chamber pop, or Americana rock. Check out past performers to get an idea of what I tend to present.

The Story of Inside Lands

I’m Drew Pearce, a singer-songwriter who loves hearing live music in listening rooms.  As a former performer, I have great memories of places like the Owl & Monkey Cafe where small groups of people would gather to give their full attention to the music. When that venue closed, I kept looking for places that had the same kind of listening room vibe.

Back when I was a contributing writer for Acoustic Guitar magazine, I was assigned to write an article on house concerts. Hearing the hosts tell their stories inspired me to try hosting myself.

That was September 2001. I was living in a cottage in Healdsburg, far from my friends in the city. My birthday was two weeks after 9/11, and I didn’t feel much like celebrating. But I didn’t feel like hiding out at home alone either.

So I invited my musician friends up to my house for an impromptu music party. They brought their guitars, ukeleles, cellos, and djembes. We sat out on my porch and played under the stars. It was exactly what I need to clear away the pent-up dread in those strange, anxious days.

I still remember how cathartic the feeling of community was at that first “Porchapalooza.” It inspired me to keep trying to recreate that vibe on a regular basis. So I started devoting almost all of my free time to hosting house concerts.

Over the years, it’s given me a chance to meet a few of my musical heroes—Peter Case, Glen Phillips, Noe Venable, Gregory Alan Isakov, and many more.

I couldn’t believe my luck. Songwriters I’d heard on the radio for years were somehow suddenly playing in living rooms for small gatherings of my friends.

After trying to be a performing songwriter myself, stumbling into the role of house concert host felt like I’d finally figured out how to stay connected to music in a way that was meaningful and useful.

It felt like I’d found my proper place in the scene that I loved. Not on stage. But close enough to it that it felt like part of the action.

For me, the best moment at any house concert happens about halfway through the night when the banter begins. I don’t know whether it’s the wine kicking in or nervous energy wearing off, but you can sense when the artists and the audience realize there’s no stage separating them. They’re just people in a room together. It helps you hear the songs in a different way.

I think that was especially true whenever we presented songwriters “in the round.” Like those epic shows hosted by Heather Combs at Hotel Utah Saloon, you’d sometimes get to watch musicians who’d never met before sing harmonies on each other’s songs. Improvised collaboration. That’s something you don’t get to witness too much in a formal venue.

I missed the loose, chatty, party vibe of those first songwriters-in-the-round shows. I missed the camaraderie and community they created. And I missed feeling like I could do something to help shine a spotlight on the people I admired.

So I want to continue collaborating with my friends who want to co-host shows in their homes. I want to keep trying to gather people into those listening rooms. I want to organize acoustic music parties as often as possible.

If that’s your jam and you’d like to attend (or host a show at your place), follow our Facebook page and I’ll let you know when we’re gathering.