House Party 2020

House Party 2020


Thurs, Nov 5, 7:30PM

BKCM’s most anticipated night of the year is back ONLINE with musical acts, interactive rooms and surprises at every turn. Join us from anywhere in the world as we unlock the music, the camaraderie and the wackiness.

This year’s event will be like none other as we take you on a narrative journey, teleporting you through time, space and melodic genres in order to find the music, joy and hope that has begun to elude us over the past few months. Everyone is invited to join our pre-show experience with clues, challenges and opportunities to unlock hidden storylines. Get started at


Thanks to the generous support of a BKCM donor, we have a $25K matching gift in play. If we raise $25K before midnight on November 5th, we unlock an additional $25K of support for music education and music therapy in New York City.

In order to get there by the deadline, we’re introducing a never-before-seen House Party ticket offer. For $250, you get the VIP fully guided House Party experience. Or for a gift of any size (that’s right! any amount!), you gain General Admission access to House Party. Click General Admission Ticket below to make your donation. All tickets go toward the $25K match.

See our featured performers below!

Choose your adventure level below as a solo explorer or with a group of friends to engage in this once-in-a-quarantine event with your own virtual pod.

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See pictures from last year’s one-of-a-kind party here.

Funds raised at the House Party are invested directly in the Conservatory’s community outreach programs which provide high quality music education and music therapy to more than 6,000 New Yorkers every year — mostly children living at or below the poverty level.

This event will sell out. Tickets are available above. Proceeds from the House Party will benefit the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. The goods and services value for the event equal $80 per ticket, which is not tax-deductible.

Featured Performers

Eggs Benatar: A good House Party needs three things: a community of generous supporters, levity with good spirits and Brooklyn’s finest Pat Benatar cover band.

The Hadestown Band: You don’t need an introduction with eight Tony Awards and a Grammy. Join Hadestown’s trombonist (and Community Music School director) Brian Drye and original members of the Hadestown orchestra for some red-hot, bluesy numbers.

Flow Tribe: A perennial highlight of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the last 5 years. This band is known for their high energy live show and brings a traveling street parade with them to every concert.

Melanie Charles: Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, actress and flutist of Haitian descent, with a creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental and Haitian roots music. Her first full-length recording, The Girl with the Green Shoes, has established Charles as a progressive voice in jazz, garnering two features in The New York Times, and a NPR profile by Nate Chinen hailing her as a young jazz artist you need to know.

Chris Luquette: Now living in Brooklyn, New York, you’d be hard pressed to find another musician in their 20s seamlessly switching from international music to jazz and from rock to bluegrass so comfortably.

Little Stranger: Born and raised in Philly, crash landed in Charleston, Kevin and John Shields are breaking into previously uncharted waters with their quirky indie hip-hop group, Little Stranger.

The Last Bandoleros: This new breed of Tex-Mex Country (with a dash of Brit-Rock) brings crackling melodies and driving rhythms to a quintessential American sound. Selling out venues across the country, Sting, Feist, The Mavericks and Los Lonely Boys are among their fans and collaborators.

Rachel Therrien Latin Jazz Project: A House Party 2019 favorite returns, this time with an all-star line up of Afro-Cuban musicians from Montreal. Remaining seated is futile.

Johnna Wu: Whether it be at the Berlin and Paris Philharmonies, or Carnegie Hall, this BKCM violin faculty member is known for her breathtaking creations fusing Chinese folk music, jazz, contemporary and musical theater.

Formerly Alien: The year is 2070 and Formerly Alien is the house band aboard an intergalactic cruise ship. Every night, filled with memories of Earth, they gather passengers to sing songs of the world left behind and imagine a new world yet to come.

Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy: These founding members of Brooklyn Raga Massive reimagine string chamber music for our contemporary, global times by exploring the intersections of South Indian classical, western chamber music, jazz and creative improvisation.

Jon Thomas and Firm Roots: This rising star has been turning heads since 2012 with his supernatural keyboard skills. A multi-genre talent, Thomas is just as likely to pop-up at bebop and hip hop gigs, as well as soul and gospel concerts.

One Night Only: All Powerful Being: Through a personal connection (their nephew takes Suzuki lessons), we have booked the almighty creator for a House Party meet and greet. Feel free to ask any burning questions, or maybe give some constructive criticism.

Penelope Puppet: This isn’t Lamb Chop folks. Penelope has spent a lifetime on the cabaret stage, honing her craft, and maybe talking to the audience a little too much.

Aaron Calvert: Audiences may disagree about which part of this magic show is the most exciting, but they always come away with the same question: HOW DID HE DO THAT!?!?!?

Aaron Heatbox: Heatbox, aka “The One Man Entertainment System”, effortlessly blends vocal percussion and vocal turntablism with the simulation of horns, strings, musical instruments, and various sonic anomalies. He’s opened for George Clinton, Boyz II Men, Wu-Tang Clan, Medeski Martin and Wood, among many others.

Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma: Chocolate: The Science and History of Chocolate: When duty calls, Sarah Lohman of Four Pounds Flour and Jonathan Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery take on a curious food topic and break down the history, science and stories behind it.

Trivia with Uton: Join beloved BKCM Music Partners faculty Uton for music trivia!

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