Music fans now have a lunch hour alternative to Muzak: a free live show or recent performance from an up and coming undiscovered artist. By logging on to http://www.music4lunch.com/, a new music program created by The Guest House Live – a live Internet venue based in suburban Atlanta, Monday through Friday; Noon – 2 pm EDT, web viewers can hear and see great live music in just about any genre including: jazz, pop, R&B, Americana, rock, alternative, country, hip hop, gospel or experimental — all free.
The Guest House Live (TGHL) is a new music concept where emerging artists live their lives under the eyes of streaming Web cameras that allow site visitors to see what's involved in making and recording their music. TGHL is home to two recording studios, a performance venue, a rehearsal space and three record labels. Concerts are performed and recorded regularly and posted in the site's Library. By typing in the URL WWW.MUSIC4LUNCH.COM you are redirected to TGHL's site (http://www.theguesthouselive.com/). From there, site visitors can see a live show in the living room or visit the library and choose an audio/video clip by artist, genre or house picks.
A half dozen musicians of all musical genres, many of whom are working on or releasing albums, come and go to this two-story house every day. They are joined by a host of touring musicians and other emerging artists who have been identified by TGHL staff as having great chops or great potential.
A calendar of upcoming concerts, rehearsals and sessions is posted on the site. After the show, visitors can find new video/audio clips in the library. Eden, an Atlanta-based alternative rock band recently performed their original song "Hand Me Downs" (link from the Guest House Library) Hand Me Downs-Eden3.asx. From anywhere, the public can watch emerging artists become legends — all free. Viewers are encouraged to support artists and TGHL by buying their CD's in the eStore and can send artists fan email directly through the site.
"This is an uncommon view of breaking artists and their process of making music," says Steve Kirschner, founder of The Guest House Live. "It's a look into a world of limited access … Artists recording in the studio, working out harmonies or just being themselves; it's all real and unstaged."