If you’ve been acquainted with Josh Gibbel for any length of time, you probably know that random, funny, off-the-wall comments can come out of nowhere. Pair that with the company of Keith and David, and you have a very interesting conversation indeed. Josh joined us in his bright green t-shirt and matching Chucks to talk about jumping off the Convention Center in a sombrero, as well as Live from the Cellar, the house concert venue he started in his basement–er, cellar. “Basement” is not classy enough, he says. Josh and his wife Kelly have been opening their home every few weeks for the last two years to local acts and traveling musicians alike, with BYOB and a suggested $5 donation at the door to cover costs. Colorful and thought-provoking art pieces adorn the uneven plaster walls of the space and make you want to casually meander around the room to take it all in. Not that it’s all that big. The Cellar can seat between 30 and 40 people, but you should come ready to share a couch cushion or some floor space. But then, tight quarters are part of the appeal.

House concerts are a growing trend nationwide, but they are especially popular here in Lancaster, PA. People really value the intimate setting, where you can get up close and personal with someone who might even be a national act. These gatherings are small out of necessity, but also by design. It’s an experience that can’t be created in a stadium or a concert hall. It puts people on the same level and invites conversation and spontaneous Q&A sessions.

One of the shows Josh is especially looking forward to hosting is that of David Bazan. He told us a little bit about how he met Bazan at a house concert in Baltimore, and how he got the musician to agree to a show here. July’s Live from the Cellar show features St. Narcissus, Adrienne Leasa, and The Lancast’s own Keith and Lauren Slesser! Come out for a great evening of music this Friday, July 27th, at 7:30pm.

For more info, visit Live from the Cellar’s facebook page, tweet @thecellar717, or call/text Josh Gibbel at 717-468-2282.

Commenters: How do you see the house concert scene evolving in your area?

Support for this episode provided by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. 

Theme music: Invisible Walls by Revolution Void
Break music: An Other Side by Xenyka