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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.





Jon Shain and FJ Ventre

Saturday, January 21

The Five Oaks Clubhouse

Doors: 7:30pm

$15/advance or $20/door

Jon Shain and FJ Ventre 

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Forty Acres is very happy to welcome to the Five Oaks stage a collaboration of two very talented artists, Jon Shain and FJ Ventre.

Jon is a veteran singer-songwriter who has been turning heads for years with his lyrics, fiery acoustic guitar work and distinct musical style, combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing and ragtime. For decades, he has toured solo and with folk/rock bands and recorded numerous live and studio albums, working with luminaries such as Dave Mattacks, Tom Dube and Chris Stamey, and recently released a duet album with Joe Newberry.

FJ is a master bass player and vocalist, sharing his talents with many popular bands over the last several years, including the Swang Brothers, Mary Johnson Rockers, The Chris Stamey Group, Rebecca and the Hi-Tones, and Laurelyn Dossett. His virtuosity in country, rockabilly and blues makes FJ a much sought after sideman in the studio and on stage.

Jon and FJ began playing music together in high school and have recently been working together on new material that beautifully combines the great abilities of these fine musicians.

For a sample of their fine sound, check out their video submission for the NPR Tiny Desk Concert contest

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show begins at 8. Tickets are $15 advance, through the Brown Paper Ticket link, and $20 at the door, if available.

Hope you can make it!

Gary Louris

Sunday, February 26

The Five Oaks Clubhouse

Doors: 3:30pm

$20/advance or $25/door

Gary Louris 

On Sunday afternoon, February 26, Forty Acres is honored to host Gary Louris in a special performance at the Five Oaks clubhouse.

Over the last three decades, as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Gary has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, Louris is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota’s teaming rock scene. Over the years Louris has also found time to lend his writing, performing and production talents to albums by acts as diverse as the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks, Counting Crows, Joe Henry, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Roger McGuinn, Maria McKee, Nickel Creek, Carrie Rodriguez, Tift Merritt, the Sadies, The Wallflowers and many others.

In 2015 Louris joined forces with North Carolina singer-songwriter Django Haskins (from the band The Old Ceremony) for a new project called Au Pair, and began a well-received tour in early 2016. Paging Mr. Proust, the ninth Jayhawks studio album, was released on April 29, 2016 on Sham/Thirty Tigers. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive, many calling it one of the best Jayhawks albums ever. Along with keeping the Jayhawks flame burning, Gary is currently looking to the future and is busier than ever—writing songs, exploring new collaborative opportunities, performing well- received shows and embracing a wide array of challenges with newfound vigor and enthusiasm.

You can sample some of his fine artistry here.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the show starts at 4. Advance tickets are $20 and, if available, $25 at the door.

We hope you can take advantage of this unique opportunity to see such an accomplished musician in our intimate venue!