The 2014 Endurance Tour!

There are still dates open in June, July and August (the rest is all booked).
The Tour runs through the continental U.S. between April and October. International events are organized as the schedule permits.

Like previous tours, lectures can be customized to match the interests of the group. Triathlon training, marathon preparation, strength plus endurance, and other endurance topics are common. Others include corporate fitness, fat burning/weight loss, other health-related matters, biofeedback, and the popular Music and the Brain. Personal consultations with individuals are scheduled on a limited basis. Music concerts are popular too, often combined with a dinner or other presentation.

Here are some specific examples:
- Large house concerts and lectures are usually hosted by individuals or other sponsor. Groups range from 25 to 50 or more, depending on the size of the house. Hosts can add interesting activities such as a healthy dinner, a cooking class, or wine tasting.

- For larger audiences of 50 to 200 or more, including music shows, halls or clubs are used.

- Running or triathlon clubs, golf or tennis clubs, and corporations sometimes host events.

- Educational seminars are usually organized by healthcare professionals, colleges or universities.

- Events are promoted by the host, and through my website.

If you're interesting in hosting an event and would like more information on costs, availability and other information, email us at webmaster@philmaffetone.com, or use the form below.
Here are some popular tour events:

1. Athletic Lecture
For runners, triathletes, golfer, or other athletes. Usually sponsored by a sports club, topics include how to be a better athlete, avoid injuries, burn more body fat, and perform to your potential. It can take place at a gym, club or other sports facility or even in a large home.

2. Getting and Staying Healthy and Fit
This presentation discusses the most common roadblocks that prevent us from getting and staying more healthy and fit, allowing improved human performance. Topics include nutrition, exercise, inflammation, blood sugar regulation, stress and others.

3. Dinner Lecture
This can be various formats. In a larger venue, such as a restaurant with healthy food, we play quiet music while people gather for wine and hors d’oeuvres. This is followed by a talk about health and fitness, then dinner, and end with a Q&A and more music. A “kitchen lecture” is usually in a large home. It begins with a talk about healthy food, then preparing it. During and or after the meal, we play quiet music. Of course there’s dessert!

4. Healthcare Professional Seminar
Various healthcare organizations create an event with a wide range of health and fitness topics. (License renewal credits may be available.)

5. Music and the Brain
The importance of music and other lifestyle factors, and how it affects our brains is discussed. We perform original music during the presentation to stimulate specific brain areas, teach the 5-Minute Power Break (a short biofeedback technique that improves brain and body function), and describe ways to prevent common disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

6. An Evening of Music
This is a small concert, which can include a backup band, with original music. It may be at a local venue, café or theatre, or even a large home.

Of course, you can create your own format. If you need help, contact your local performing arts center (most towns have them), sports club, or email us.
 

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The History of House Concerts

The once-common house concert is returning to a home near you.

In the days before TV, the Internet, and concert halls, folks would gather to hear touring musicians perform in people’s homes. For centuries, house concerts were most people's only experience of music. But a recent resurgence began in the late 20th century. While folk, country, and blues have long histories of performances at people's homes and backyards, today’s house concerts feature all types of music, typically acoustic but if the crowd is large enough a small PA system is used.

In the period of the Renaissance and Baroque, especially in the 16th century, all secular music was performed in a chamber of the nobleman's home, and thus called “chamber music.” Even into the 20th century, chamber music was performed as a house concert. Starting in the time of Beethoven in the late 1700s, larger halls were built specifically for public concerts, and house concerts became less popular.

Most of the house concert revival has been in the form of one or two performers traveling from town to town playing their music. These small shows are an intimate, creative experience, with acoustic performances in a private home or other space such as a rec room or back yard—it’s up close and personal.

The reasons people host a house concert are many. They may want to share great music, or live in a town where there are too few venues where people can go to experience live music in a close and friendly environment. One may also wish to host a home concert because it’s an enjoyable social event, or to give exposure to musicians whose talents they truly believe in and wish to help promote.

House concerts can also be a great treat for kids, especially if they are learning music.