Shack in the Back and Ellen Bukstel Redefine Home Entertainment

Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: The Shack in the Back offers music lovers a different kind of concert. 

In South Florida, concert venues generally fall into one of three categories, -- big box theaters like Hard Rock Live, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, or the Fillmore; hip nightspots like Revolution, the Stage, and Culture Room; or those that cater to niche audiences, like Tobacco Road and the Bamboo Room. 

However, there's another option, one that's relatively rarer in these parts, and that's the house concert. These are exactly that. Places like the Shack in the Back. It provides the stage for a small intimate performance for a small audience in a home, with those in attendance paying a moderate donation and bringing a food contribution that can go toward a potluck meal. It's an opportunity to get up close and personal with a performer in a way that's not possible even in the most intimate club setting, and it allows an artist with a relatively modest fan following to play in an area where he or she might not otherwise draw a crowd.