basket house

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basket house

A bar, café, or other public venue where musicians perform and are paid only by the collection of money from the audience in a basket or similar receptacle. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Many of the most famous musicians began their careers eking out a living in basket houses around Greenwich Village in New York City.
See also: basket, house
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Welcome the Baskethouse Song-a-Week Challenge, a podcast and online songwriting workshop, where 11 independent songwriters are challenged to record and post one song every week.
The hosts of the Daily Purge, one of the most popular podcasts with over 85,000 listeners, called the Baskethouse Song-a-Week Challenge "one of the most innovative uses of the podcast medium.
The idea behind the Baskethouse project, says Drew, is "to encourage songwriting and foster an artistic community.
This inspired Drew Brody's Baskethouse at the Bitter End in the summer of 2006, a weekly show where acoustic artists were showcased, but they had to play a mixture of covers and originals to pay homage to songwriting influences.