Arizona Host & Founder - Darice

Our Story...

Desert Valley House Concerts

will carry on the tradition with founding host Darice continuing hosting on the backyard stage of her Palm Springs style Mid-Century Ranch in the Arizona Desert.  


Desert Cactus Landscape
Desert Valley House Concerts, formerly Cedar Valley House Concerts,

was originally born in 2008 in Iowa from the serendipitous collision of purchasing a spacious 1924 Dutch Colonial, the desire to open an acoustic wine cafe without the means, and the lucky introduction to a musician setting up a house tour.  Literally, we were a house.  Once we hosted our first show in 2008, we knew immediately this is what we were supposed to do to support the arts, sharing music with the public and bringing it closer to the fans in an intimate setting, all while providing a much needed break for touring musicians. Now located in the East Metro Phoenix area, near the Superstition Mountains, think of us as a private listening space where we welcome music friends & fans and ALL donations go to the artists.


Your Iowa Co-Host - Janna

Your Iowa Co-Host - Anize

All of our Artists

are provided with dinner, a private guest room & bath, green room, appetizers & drinks with the fans, 100% of door, and sometimes even breakfast the next morning!


Most of our indoor shows

are acoustic only, while our outdoor sets may use a PA.  

We have a set minimum donation which varies by artist, with 100% going directly to the artist(s). The music that passes through our doors includes national, international, and local singer songwriters and acts.  Door is always at 6:45 p.m. unless otherwise indicated, and the format is almost always all acoustic.  All ages are welcome.  Children 11 and under are free.  Guests bring their favorite drink (alcohol 21+ enforced) and a side dish to share.  Max capacity each location: 45-50.


Meet our Co-Hosts

Janna:   Janna joined in our Iowa venture to share the love of music with friends and fans in the Valley in late 2015, and continuallly helps to promote some of her favorite local artists as well as national touring musicians - a HUGE THANK YOU to Janna for her help in booking and setting up additional (amazing) shows in her lovely home!  

Anize:   The hostess with the mostest, Anize, joined in hosting in Iowa in 2017, in the Buckingham area just south of Waterloo/Cedar Falls in her amazing and spacious home, allowing for some plugged in music and dancing!


(All shows will indicate which address is hosting).