Yes, I know it can be frustrating for me to list a Private House Concert among all the other “open to the public” dates. But this is my way of reminding you that I am ready, willing, and quite able to come to your area for a smaller scale, intimate concert gathering. It could be your house, a friend’s house that is better suited, a condo/apartment rec room, a meeting room at your library, a college music department room, a restaurant banquet room. Any place that isn’t quite “public” and is invitation/reservation only. Use the Contact Form for a general inquiry. If you’re actually thinking of a particular date or have more definition to your idea, use the handy Booking Form. Everything comes directly to me. No manager or agent. (I’d love to have both, but I’m a one-man-shop these days.) Don’t worry about details. This is NOT as daunting as it might seem at first. I can help you with some of the broad outlines of how to host a House Concert. Most of the people that work with me in this way have never done this sort of thing before. And unless some folks are just too polite to tell me after the fact, these things always seem to work out very well for all involved. So, please keep in mind an consider that … “For a Bob Bennett Concert, sometimes the best seat in the house … is at your house!”
I’m so happy to be returning to the Mission Viejo home of my friends Tom and Lydia Dervartanian. For many years, under the moniker Heart Soul and Mind, Tom and Lydia have hosted an eclectic mix of artists for their House Concert series. Three years ago, they were faced with a last-minute artist cancellation and invited me to fill-in. To everyone’s delight and surprise, we almost sold that show out to capacity (35-40 people) in just a little over a week’s time.
This time around, we’re meeting one day shy of December. So the concert will, understandably, feature a lot of music from Christmastide as well as a good selection of old and new non-seasonal songs. Advance tickets, priced at $22.00 each, are necessary to attend. Specific location details will be emailed 1-2 days before the event. See the adjacent links for more info and to reserve your place. The evening will conclude with coffee and dessert and we’re asking everyone attending, in true Christmas spirit and generosity, to please kindly bring a favorite dessert item to share. Whether it’s homemade or store-bought (we know it’s a busy time), we’ll be appreciative and grateful for anything you’d like to bring. If you have any questions about how this all works, please see the FAQ link (the snack-and-beverage options at this gathering will be limited to coffees and desserts) and/or use the website Contact Form. Perhaps after the busy-ness of Thanksgiving and before the incoming wave of Christmas Season tasks, you’ll plan to be with us. We’d really love to have you!
This was originally going to be a private House Concert at the home of my friends Jeanie and Todd Woodruff. My last visit with them was so good, it was a no-brainer for me to call them when I found out I’d be returning to the area for a Sunday Service and Concert in Navasota. (See the listing below this one for information on that.) But then Jeanie proposed the idea to “go public”. I agreed and so, here we are! Although I expect I’ll play some “general” songs as well, I’ll be concentrating on the music from Christmastide as I always do this time of year. Tickets are $10.00 each and available in advance using this link to Jeanie’s PayPalMe account. We’re also keeping that $10.00 price for tickets at the door. This time of year, everybody is so very busy and we totally understand that some people may not even decide to come until the last minute. If you can buy your tickets ahead of time, that will help us with post-concert snacks, etc. But if you need to “just show up”, we’ve made that as easy as possible. If you can make it to the East End of Houston, we’d love to have you come join us. (PS: Jeanie’s cell phone is listed but you’ll likely get a voicemail at first … probably better to email if you have a question.)
Pastor Faber McMullen III has kindly invited me to sing an extended set during this morning’s Sunday Service. He emailed me a few months ago and we were able to make this December weekend work out very nicely. As sometimes happens, he initally let me know that he has been listening to my music for quite awhile and he finally decided to bring me out to sing for the Congregation there. These days, more often than not, most of my bookings involve this kind of connection and I’m so grateful for this. I’m told it’s a small, close-knit Church … but visitors are always welcome. If you’re in this part of the Great State of Texas, please join us!
You can read more about their incredible work by clicking on the links accompanying this concert listing … but I couldn’t be more happy to be doing a Christmastide Set for the H.O.P.E. (Hospital Chaplains Offering Prayer and Encouragement) Chaplains Christmas Party. Thanks to Valerie Carter for the kind invitation. Although they’re having a private luncheon for all the H.O.P.E. volunteers and staff after my part of the program, if you’d like to hear an hour of Christmastide music from me, you’re invited to that first hour. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the music starts at 10:30 a.m. These folks do such great work and this would be the perfect time to meet them and find out more about it. Hope you can join us.
My friends Thom Helmick and Pastor Paul Christman have invited me to be a part of the early Christmas Eve Service this year at Calvary Chapel High Country. It’s a couple hours driving each way, but I’m happy to be joining the Congregation there on this blessed night. The 6:00 p.m. Service will likely be about an hour-long so folks can get home to their families. As it sits right now (subject to slight revisions as I’m listing this on 11/8), there will be a few carols from the Youth Group to start, then a time of sharing Communion together, followed by four songs from me to round out the evening. If you’re in this quadrant of the Inland Empire and can join us, come celebrate! (Please note that Highway 371 is also known as Cahuilla Road, so signs may reflect that as you’re driving there. Also, the email listed is for Thom as the Church email address isn’t working at this time.)
This is going to be a blast. A couple decades or more ago, I worked with Dan Adler at Church of the Open Door in the Twin Cities. He is the founder/director of Heart of the City Ministries in Anoka, MN. I’ll be doing two sets and likely taking requests along the way. I haven’t been to the area in years and I am really looking forward to being back there again to sing. (And, if I’m being honest here, I’m also giddy at the opportunity to possible grab some Red’s Savoy Pizza during my visit!) … Oh, okay, where was I? Oh yeah. From the website, here is a great summary of Heart of the City’s mission and work. Who wouldn’t want to be a part if this?!?
MUSIC WITH A MISSION: USING MUSIC AS A TOOL TO UNITE
Since 1996, Heart of the City Ministries – a non-profit, Christian, multi-ethnic music ministry, has been sharing the Gospel and bringing a message, model and experience of multi-ethnic worship and Biblical unity through the amazing talents of the Heart of the City Worship Band! Now, since 2018, they are continuing this mission through hosting stylistically and ethnically diverse quality concerts at the Heart of the City Music Factory in Anoka, Minnesota.In a time when divisions are increasing and becoming more entrenched, the need is great in every big and small way to build bridges in the name of Jesus.The Heart of the City Band has 11 different ethnicities represented in it with it’s members coming from many different congregations of various Christian denominations.Their music reflects that diversity in style including Native American, East Indian, Gospel, Urban Contemporary, Reggae, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Modern Worship, Hymn styles and others.
Advance tickets are $25.00 through Eventbrite. Tickets at the door are $35.00. (Please note this venue is not currently handicapped accessible. There are stairs involved for getting to and from the second-floor performance area.)