For booking, small talk, and bad advice:
nate (at) natehouge.com
PO BOX 16153
St. Paul MN 55116
(If you write Nate a letter chances are he’ll write back.)
With BOOKING many questions arise. Allow me to answer a few of them.
Why should I book Nate Houge?
Great question. There are a number of things Nate can do to make life awesomer. Here are five of them:
This is what Nate does most. Generally the format is Nate and Guitar in a sanctuary playing for an all ages group. Nate’s style is funny and interactive. It’s a good time. And no, it doesn’t have to happen at church. Nate is a big fan of the church being the church outside the walls of the church. So what if you hosted the event at a local coffee shop? Or sometimes congregations invite Nate to lead hymn sings at dive bars. He calls it “Beers and Hymns and Nate.” We’ve got options here people!
Invite Nate to lead the music at morning or evening worship. Blending his own songs with those familiar to the congregation Nate is a heckuva song leader – less of a Chris Tomlin and more of a Pete Seeger – inviting the congregation to sing in new ways with great success.
Bring Nate along on your congregation’s retreat and he’ll lead the music and be a general good spirited presence that makes the coffee in the morning. Nate plays a number of gatherings each year – both youth events and adult gatherings. (Like Youth Gatherings, Synod Assemblies, preaching festivals and the like.)
Nate offers a number of workshops on themes of music and worship. Often his theme is Homegrown Worship: Creating worship that reflects your congregation’s past, present, and future.
You can book Nate as a speaker. Parts of his speaking will be melodic in nature and involve a guitar. One theme that he won’t shut up about relates to some bumper stickers he made once that say, “Keep Church Weird.”
Wow. Now I can’t wait to book Nate for my next event. How much will it cost me?
I work on an honorarium basis. You describe the event you want to book me for. I give you a suggested honorarium and we’ll see what happens. I’ve never had to say no to a gig for financial reasons so chances are we can make it work. When in doubt: Render unto the arts what belongs to the arts.
Why don’t you just post your rates on your website?
Allow me to answer that question with a question: Why don’t you include your annual salary on your facebook profile? Yes. Things just got awkward. It’s a gift of mine.
Why don’t you answer more questions?
I’m happy to. Write/call/message/e-mail/fax me. I know more than I let on. (Although I don’t know how to operate a fax machine so I probably shouldn’t list that as a means of communication. My bad.)
Nate Houge – 612.269.9023 – email@example.com