Hospitality House raises funds with online music concerts |

Hospitality House raises funds with online music concerts

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Tickets may be available at the door, or contact Joanna Robinson at 530-615-0852 to reserve one. You can also watch online at

Hospitality House is trying a new method for fundraising, and so far it’s working. The homeless shelter is using the dining room at Utah’s Place as a music venue, with the help of an online platform called “StageIt.”

“StageIt is an online venue where artists perform live shows that are never recorded or archived, so they’re exclusive,” said Joanna Robinson, development director at Hospitality house.

“The cool thing is viewers can interact directly with performers during the show via email,” Robinson said. “They can ask questions or make requests, and then the performer responds directly during the performance.”

Their first show raised more than $1,300 back in August, when Robinson said local musician Chuck Ragan approached them with the idea.

“It went very, very well,” Robinson said. “We had a successful experience with that and decided to start a series.”

They’re calling it Live at Utah’s Place. Hospitality House staff and guests are all invited, and members of the public can purchase a limited number of tickets or tune in at

The web-based portion of the shows are livecast with the help of several local techies, including Dick Mentzer, Mark Triolo, Tom Prehn and Doug Lautzenhiser.

“They’ve got special equipment for this,” Robinson said.

“A lot of people who perform on StageIt just put a laptop up in front of them and perform, but we’ve got two cameras and a sound system,” she added. “It’s sort of a typical Nevada County brilliance, with people who have these great skills and want to participate in their community.”

For the next show in the Live at Utah’s Place lineup, folk singer-songwriter duo Mike + Ruthy will be performing Thursday. This show will be open to the public, and there are 30 tickets available for sale. Interested parties can contact Robinson directly at 530-615-0852 to reserve one.

You can also find out more online, at

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email or call 530-477-4230.

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