Upcoming Events

Jill Sobule
Kyle Alden 

Sunday, August 5
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Private home in San Anselmo, California

Jeff Campbell
Mike Gibbons
Forrest Day

Sunday, August 19
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Private home in Novato, California

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To Wake You
Jhene Canody
Uma Robin Mackey

Saturday, November 10
7:00 to 10:00 pm
The Monkey House in Berkeley, California

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Jill Sobule House Concert

Great news, my friends: Jill Sobule is coming to play a house concert in San Anselmo on August 5! You may know her from her MTV hits “I Kissed A Girl” and “Supermodel” or her work with Warren Zevon, but there’s so much more to love. I’m absolutely thrilled  that we get to host her at Inside Lands.

This show will take place in the living room of a beautiful private home in San Anselmo. It’s the ideal listening space and a rare chance to hear Jill perform an intimate acoustic show—but space is limited to only 55 guests. Reserve your seats while they last.

Address and details will be sent to you after you make your advance donation on Ticketleap. If you prefer to donate at the door, RSVP to drew@insidlands.org and I’ll reply with the address. But seats can only be guaranteed with an advance donation on Ticketleap.

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Song Circle Music Parties

Play an acoustic instrument? Sing or write songs? Join us for one of our Song Circle Music Parties sometime. They’re a very 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. If you’d like to come play some songs with us, send an email, and I’ll reply with the address and details.

Past performers

PAST PERFORMERS
+ alumni from my original series

A Great Big World (Ian Axel and Chad King)
Adrianne (The Rescues)
Ali Handal
Allie Moss (Ingrid Michaelson band)
Amber Rubarth
Amie Penwell
Audrey Auld
Austin Willacy
Blame Sally
Bobby Jo Valentine
Brad Brooks
Brindl
Cello Joe
Chris Hanlin
Danny Schmidt
David Hopkins
Dear John, Love Renée
Deborah Crooks
Edie Carey
Elliot Randall
Essence
Felsen
Forest Sun
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
Jim Brunberg (Box Set)
Jerry Hannan
Joe Rathbone
John Craigie
John Walter (Walty)
Keeley Valentino
Keith Greeninger
Kelly McFarling
Kunkel & Harris
Kyler England (The Rescues)
Kyle Alden
Kyle Williams
Kym Tuvim
Larkin Gayl
Madeline Tasquin
Maggie Forti
Mark Davis (To Wake You)
Matt Langlois (Welcome Matt)
Matt Lucas
Megan Slankard
Misner & Smith
Mike Gibbons
Mike Rufo
Molly Venter (Red Molly)
Monica Pasqual (Blame Sally)
Noe Venable
Oona Garthwaite (Marston)
Paul Brill
Paul Manousos
Peter Case (Plimsouls)
Petracovich
Rachael Sage
Reed Foehl
Rick Hardin
Rose Cousins
Rosi Golan
Sally Jaye
Susan Zelinsky
Talia Paul
Teja Gerken
William Fitzsimmons
Yours Truly, Michele

Free download of “Voices from the Satellite”

Sometimes I wonder why I crave the solitude of road trips. I think wandering in the car alone for days down desolate roads just put me in a meditative state. I like the feeling of not knowing where I am, and finding the kind of disconnection that makes me welcome reconnection. This is a new song about that. Let me know what you think, yeah?

Thank you to Allie Moss for her guidance on the songwriting, Leah Jones for her lovely harmony vocals, and Gawain Mathews for his stellar work on guitar, bass, keyboards and production. You can stream this song at Reverbnation.com/drewpearce or download this song for free at drewpearce.basecamp.com.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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: These are invitation-only parties that take place in private homes, backyards, yoga studios, wine tasting rooms and sometimes on the beach. But anyone can request an invitation. Just send me an email and tell me which show you’d like to attend.

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 a house concert, introduce yourself to me 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.

About Inside Lands

Where do you like to hear music? If you’d rather be in a room full of friends than a loud crowd of strangers, join us for our next music party.

Every month, we present local and touring singer/songwriters and acoustic bands performing in listening rooms, living rooms, yoga studios, backyards, and beaches throughout northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area.

All donations go the musicians or to the charities at our benefit shows. Everyone is welcome and anyone can attend. Join the party!

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.