Sarah Bennett Rocco DeLuca performing on night one of his house show residency
In Long Beach, there are two kinds of concerts: the ones you pay for and go to a music venue to see, and free ones that occur in non-traditional spaces, like houses and art galleries. Last Friday night, however, Long Beach native son Rocco DeLuca played the first of four residency shows that was an exciting blend of the two, performing an intimate hour-and-a-half-long set at a ticketed event, which occurred in the living room of a massive historic Craftsman.
I had no idea what to expect from a formally structured event taking place in someone's house, but after finding the address to the undisclosed location (which you receive only after ticket payment is secured), I was gracefully led into the backyard by hand-drawn arrows on the front door, a driveway lined by hurricane-swaddled candles and a red flood light that illuminated the end of the walk, where check-in occurred.
In the back, other attendees were milling around, sipping on craft beer and having hushed conversations in what could only be described as the most respectful house party in city history. The host had even graciously decorated the backyard with candles, tables, chairs and a comfy cabana where pre-show relaxation couldn't help but put you in the mood for the majesty that awaited inside the sprawling, historic home.More »