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Forty Acres is a celebration of roots music. We are a non-profit tax-exempt organization located in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) area of North Carolina. We sponsor house concerts and other small venue concerts featuring up and coming artists and artists with a growing following. We also sponsor music/dance events.

You can find directions to our usual venues here.

If you love unique music in intimate settings and would like to be alerted to our upcoming shows and events, please join the Forty Acres e-mail list.

Past shows include Carolina Chocolate Drops , Chris Smither, David Olney, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, John Cowan, Mollie O'Brien & Richard Moore, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Slaid Cleaves, The Waybacks, Tony Williamson, Tift Merritt and many other fine artists and bands.

A listing of our upcoming concerts and other events is below. Tickets for events are available on a first come, first served basis.


The Honey Dewdrops

Sunday, September 24

The Five Oaks Clubhouse


$15/advance or $20/door

Honey Dewdrops 

On Sunday, September 24, at 4 p.m., Forty Acres cordially invites you all to the Five Oaks clubhouse to enjoy the sweet sounds of The Honey Dewdrops.

The closeness of sound and the music compatibility that Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, collectively known as The Honey Dewdrops, possess is unmistakable. On their latest album, Tangled Country, each share vocals and guitars, augmented by Parrish’s mandolin and Wortman’s work on banjo and harmonica. While comparisons to the music of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are inevitable, that’s because there is something to this marriage of matrimony and music. Their musical chemistry is so vivid that it’s not surprising to hear their live performances described as “mesmerizing”, “evocative,” and “genuine.” The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity- in performance, arrangement, and songwriting.

They have entertained thousands on the stages at Merlefest and many other large festivals, and you have the opportunity to see and hear them up close and personal at our intimate setting at the Five Oaks clubhouse.

Catch a sample of their artistry here.

Advanced tickets are only $15 and you can reserve your spot by clicking on the Brown Paper Ticket link below. $20 at the door, if available.

Hope to see you there!


Slaid Cleaves

Saturday, October 28

Five Oaks Clubhouse


$25/advance or $30/door

Slaid Cleaves 

Forty Acres is very pleased to welcome Slaid Cleaves back to our stage at the Five Oaks clubhouse!

On Saturday, October 28, at 8 p.m., Slaid will return to share an array of new and enchanting songs, along with his older treasures.

"I tend to think of songs as the whiskey of writing. Distilled down to the essence, powerful, concentrated, immediate. You can take it all in and really feel it in just seconds."

Now twenty-five years into his storied career, Cleaves' songwriting has never been more potent than on his new album Ghost on the Car Radio, just out on June 23.

The characters in Slaid Cleaves' songs live in unglamorous reality. They work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

Ghost on the Car Radio is Cleaves' first release since 2013's Still Fighting the War, which was praised as "one of the year's best albums" by American Songwriter and "carefully crafted...songs about the struggles of the heart in hard times" by the Wall Street Journal. The New York Daily News called his music "a treasure hidden in plain sight," while the Austin Chronicle declared, "there are few contemporaries that compare. He's become a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine."

Here’s a YouTube clip displaying a bit of his mastery

Advanced tickets are $25, available through the Brown Paper Ticket link. $30 at the door, if available, but we expect to sell out quickly.

We hope you can join the fun!