LRFest Recap – March 2023!

Showcase at the Palladium Theater, March 10th 2023. Photos by Phil DeSimone.

Our 13th Annual Listening Room Festival was a celebration of music, intimate venues, and our growing community of music fans.

We had a wonderful festival, and managed to please a fantastic group of performers – Ariella, The Rough & Tumble, Jeffery Straker, A Tale of Two, and Peter Mulvey.

When we started LRFest in 2012, it felt like a moonshot. I wanted to create a gathering to celebrate house concerts, and to create a music showcase opportunity in the middle of a profitable tour. Most importantly, they build a base of friends, fans and potential gigs in Florida that will pay dividends for years to come.

As is the case with house concerts, the sweet, listening vibe and profitability are the obvious rewards that mask the more important developments of community and connection. On this front, each year, we see more hosts and fans travel to Tampa Bay area to attend shows and make new friendships. We see them cooperate for routing, lodging, and even for volunteer help at each other’s events. The festival community is creating a rich, cultural tapestry of music support in our region.

For me, the biggest thrill is the growing number of hosts and fans who travel to St. Petersburg for this event. They come from different cities, different states, and even different countries – to take in a music vacation filled with house concerts and time with their tribe. Thanks to Christine and Michelle Goguey, Jim and Brenda Michienzi, and Alice Schaefer for making the trip this year!

We hope you’ll join us for this one-of-a-kind festival next year!

HUGE thanks to our volunteers, our hosts, and the generous contributors who helped us bounce back from a couple of challenging years!

House Concert Photos from LRFest 2023. Photos by Fran Snyder.

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