If We Had to Sum Up Our Events with a Song, It Would Be…

Last weekend, we celebrated one of our most ambitious event efforts yet.

On one night, Sep. 17, our Event Evangelists hosted five concerts in five separate cities. But we didn’t stop there: we also used the shows to raise money for local causes, bringing in a total of more than $10,000 for our charity partners. It was a great reminder that not only are events a lot of fun for us, but they’re a great way to fundraise and make some noise around a worthy cause.

We asked our Evangelists about the experience. Here’s what they had to say:

Sara, Chicago

The Artist: The Freelance Whales
The Cause: Rock for Kids

What I Learned From Hosting Concert Confidential: A lot of behind the scenes work goes into producing a concert that the attendees will never see/know/care about. By the time the doors open, you just have to take a deep breath and let whatever is going to happen, happen.

The Coolest Thing that Happened at the Concert Was: A few days before the concert, I met a couple who got engaged to a Freelance Whales song. They were thrilled to hear that the band was playing on Saturday!

If I Had to Do It All Over Again, I Would: Have slept more the week before the show. I was so worried about the details, that I was a total disaster. Sometimes you have to do your best to prepare, and then relax!

If I Had to Sum Up the Experience with a Song Title, It Would Be: “Oh What a Night” by the Four Seasons

Damany, Dallas

The Artist: Green River Ordinance (GRO)
Cause: La Reunion TX

What I Learned From Hosting Concert Confidential: Prepare for the thing you least expect to go wrong, to go wrong. It’s OK to feel over-prepared!

The Coolest Thing that Happened at the Concert Was: When GRO came out into the middle of the crowd for their encore and sang an unplugged final number with a chorus of 200 fans.

If I Had to Do It All Over Again, I Would: Build a strong team from the beginning and get as much information to them as possible. It’s all about good communication.

If I Had to Sum Up the Experience with a Song Title, It Would Be: “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly

Leila, Los Angeles

The Artist: Wavves
The Cause: The Fender Music Foundation

What I Learned From Hosting Concert Confidential: Being overstaffed is WAY better than being understaffed! I would not have been able to host a successful event if I didn’t have the help of my team of awesome volunteers.

The Coolest Thing that Happened at the Concert Was: The Wavves broke their instruments into pieces and gave them to fans!

If I Had to Do It All Over Again, I Would: Start planning even earlier.

If I Had to Sum Up the Experience with a Song Title, It Would Be: “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley

Staci, NYC

The Artist: The Hold Steady
Cause: VH1 Save the Music Foundation

What I Learned From Hosting Concert Confidential: Free isn’t always the best way to go. Sometimes, charging a small amount will almost guarantee your attendees to attend.

The Coolest Thing that Happened at the Concert Was: We raised more than $4,000 for VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

If I Had to Do It All Over Again, I Would: Absolutely partner with a beer or liquor brand and include an open bar for the people!

If I Had to Sum Up the Experience with a Song Title, It Would Be: “Stay Positive” by The Hold Steady (of course!)

Brianna, San Francisco

The Artist: Jackie Greene
The Cause: Friends of the Golden Gate

What I Learned From Hosting Concert Confidential: How key an awesome and off-the-beaten path a venue can be to set the mood and provide a memorable experience. Also, how nice it is when your venue is multi-leveled so the space always looks full. The Barrel House was the ideal spot for our show!

The Coolest Thing that Happened at the Concert Was: When Nikki Blum joined Jackie Greene onstage for a surprise cameo performance!

If I Had to Do It All Over Again, I Would: Allow over double capacity to RSVP. Although we oversold the venue by double the size, we still had room at the end!

If I Had to Sum Up the Experience with a Song Title, It Would Be: A mashup of “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips and “I’m a Slave 4 U” by Britney Spears

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