Is it a Party?
Artery Showcases are not parties! It's about a shared, intimate experience of culture up close.
There's a little mingling in the beginning and during breaks, but the performances should be the center of attention. When the performances are over, we ask the host to tell the attendees where they can continue their conversations - a local bar recommendation, for example.
If you'd like to invite people to stick around, you're more than welcome, but it's not expected. In fact, we encourage you to end early and join your friends (new and old) somewhere other than your house.
We ask the emcee to tell all the attendees to leave the space cleaner than they found it, which has been true by and large. Please offer the performances a hand packing up and carrying their gear as well (and be respectful if they decline your help - some of that stuff is best left to the professionals).
Whenever possible, we’re happy to send an Artery ambassador to your first showcase to make sure it’s a joyous experience, don't hesitate to ask.
There’s been hundreds of showcases in over a dozen cities and there’s never been an issue. References and our RSVP-only process help maintain accountability.
We do ask that whoever is emceeing the evening let everyone know where they are - if someone feels uncomfortable for any reason, they are the first and easiest point of contact.
While we haven't had incidents of theft or damage, we do strongly encourage the host to move important items into a locked bedroom to avoid any issues.
We believe you're the best judge for what is appropriate in your neighborhood. Please respect your neighbors by only accepting to host showcase where the noise levels and time will not be a nuisance to others. There are many day time & acoustic showcases. There's many that will make less noise than a television set.
And if you happen to be blessed with a full backline and an industrial spot, definitely get loud and have a party. But please remember all local laws and regulations and common decency still apply.