Upcoming House Concerts
Sunday, January 26 – 3:00 pm doors, show at 4:00 pm
Lara Hope’s Gold Hope Duo - thegoldhopeduo.com
Friday, February 28 – 6:00 pm doors, show at 7:00 pm
Jeff Plankenhorn - jeffplankenhorn.com
Saturday, March 14 – 6:00 pm doors, show at 7:00 pm
Debra Devi - debradevi.com
Saturday, April 11 – 6:00 pm doors, show at 7:00 pm
My Darling Clementine - mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk
Saturday, May 9 – 6:00 pm doors, show at 7:00 pm
Syd Straw - sydstrawmusic.com
January – Sad Bastards of Brooklyn
February – Bosch & Bonnie
March – Mark Geary
May – Emily Duff, Scott Aldrich & Skip Ward
September – Bob Levy & Matt Langone from The Trash Mavericks
October – Cliff Westfall
November – Joe D’Urs
November – Danielia Cotton
March – Emily Duff
June – Karen Mansfield
October – Heather Eatman
November – Eric Ambel
October - Mark Geary
November – Sad Bastards of Brooklyn
How do I reserve my seat?
If you use PayPal, please send your admission fee of $20 per person to paypal.me/MollyLenz. If you prefer to send a check, let me know via e-mail at MollysHouseConcerts@gmail.com, or call or text me at 312-479-0627, and note how many people are in your group. I have limited seating and need to know how many people will attend so I don’t oversell the space. Those who show up without RSVPing or without paying first may not be admitted to a sold-out show, although this is rare.
When does it start?
Food & drink: Doors open at 6:00 pm for pot luck food (bring a dish, share the bounty) and soft drinks (provided by me). BYO beer or wine.
Music: Begins at 7:00, and you’re usually on your way home by 10:30.
How do I get there?
Molly's House Concerts is in Linden, NJ – near Raritan Road and Wood Avenue. If you have any questions, please call or text me at 312-479-0627. For drivers, Linden is easily accessible from both the NJ Turnpike (95) exit 13, or the Garden State Parkway exit 136. The drive from NYC, Bergen County or Northern Monmouth County takes about 35-45 minutes depending on how heavy your lead foot and the traffic is. Via mass transit, the 112 bus from Port Authority stops three blocks away, the 115 bus stop is a mile away, and three train lines stop approximately two miles from my house: the North Jersey Coast Line and Northeast Corridor Line trains stop in Linden, and the Raritan Valley train stops in Cranford. If you plan to take the train or 115 bus, we’ll work with you to arrange station pick-up and drop-off, otherwise a taxi is about $6 each way.
Other FYI notes
Prior to 6:00, the band will be setting up/performing a sound check. If you need a restroom or something to drink, there’s a Dunkin Donuts, Ohmie’s Coffee, Johnny Tequila’s and also Lun Wah Polynesian restaurant & tiki bar a couple of blocks away at the corner of Raritan Road and Wood Avenue. You can also pick up food at the SuperFresh market, Wawel Castle Polish deli, Momma’s Pizza or China Moon. There are two liquor stores at that intersection. The focus at house concerts is, of course, on the music. If you arrive late or must leave early, use the kitchen door, off the driveway, so as not to disturb those enjoying the music. A random comment here or there is fine. For longer conversations, please move to the kitchen or outdoors during the musicians’ sets. Be respectful of my neighbors. There’s plenty of street parking. Don’t block anyone’s driveway and don’t be noisy, particularly when leaving. My house is non-smoking, but if you need to light up, there’s a screened-in porch off of the den where you’ll find an ashtray.
I’ve never been to a house concert before − tell me more!
As you’ve surely guessed, it’’s a concert hosted in my otherwise private home, so I only provide my address to those who have purchased tickets. I contact musicians, arrange concert dates, collect admission and provide a welcoming venue. ALL of the money collected goes directly to those playing music. The first floor of my house is open to guests. I move furniture out of my living room and set up folding chairs for attendees. It’s pot-luck food and BYOB, with soft drinks & ice in the kitchen and all food arranged buffet-style in the dining room. When using the bathroom, please knock first, and use the lock when you’re inside − it IS a small house! You can pile your coats & bags on the futon in the den or use the coat rack at the front door. Since I provide paper goods, cups, utensils, soft drinks & ice, I occasionally ask attendees to toss a couple of dollars my way to defray my expenses.