How House Concerts Work

"Under the Oaks" is a place where listening to music is the primary focus. The music will be on the outside stage if weather permits, otherwise we will all gather in the barn. Part of our goal is to give everyone an opportunity to create new friends as we share our appreciation of this art . There are so many things in the world that tear us apart; music is something that brings us together.

We are located in Appomattox, Virginia.  Concerts are scheduled on Sunday afternoons. Food starts at 4 or 5pm and music at 5 or 6 pm or so. The "season" is from April until October. Our hope is that as we grow and create new music friends, the shows will be more frequent. Keep up to date on this website.

We are not a business, but a private house concert venue on a private farm. We are located just outside of Appomattox, Virginia. The stage sits under 200-year-old oak trees and the old farm house and outbuildings were built around 1935. We are a member of Folk Alliance International.

A reserved spot on the guest list is needed for all house concerts attendees. The Folk Alliance guides us in these rules for "House Concerts" and that's where certain terms like "not open to the public", "seat donation", and "no walk-ins" are necessary for us to be compliant.

When you click on the "RESERVE YOUR SEAT" button on the "Upcoming Events" page and prepay OR WHEN YOU CONTACT US VIA EMAIL on the "Contact" page and we respond; Presto Chango! You are no longer just a member of the public, but will be an invited guest and thereafter a friend of "Under The Oaks Music". Occasionally, we can allow an unexpected guest at the entrance as in the case of a visiting friend or relative. Bear with us for these "Rules of Operation" on how to grow a community fellowship and support musicians.  All of your donations go to the musicians.

Remember, Under the Oaks does not encourage walk-ins, so if you plan on attending a Sunday afternoon concert, you must reserve a spot on the guest list, otherwise you may not be allowed entrance. Our capacity is limited and we want to keep our socials unique and intimate for all who come to share the music and the food. It's a potluck and we encourage bringing your favorite dish to share with others. We will provide paper plates and utensils.

Upcoming Events

Jon Shain and VJ Ventre
Sun Oct 06 @ 5:00PM

Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Shain’s most recent solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain’s newest release is the  gorgeous roots album, Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon,  recorded along with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.

FJ Ventre and Jon began playing music together in 1982 when they met in high school. FJ went on to University of Massachusetts-Lowell, earning a B.A. in Music Performance and Sound Recording. He remained in the Boston area, performing in the city’s vibrant music scene. Since relocating to Chapel Hill, NC in 2000, Ventre has performed with his own group The Swang Brothers, as well as Chris Stamey, Rebecca and the Hi-Tones, and Matt Hill. In addition to performing as a sought after sideman, he spends his time behind the mixing board, engineering at his own Good Luck Studio and operating his graphic design firm Tadpole Designs.

Potluck at 5, music at 6.

Reserve Seats

Seán Heely Celtic Trio
Sat Oct 12 @ 5:00PM

Experience the magic music of Scotland and Ireland with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio. The group features U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion Seán Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam, and Highland bagpiper Tracy Jenkins. The three gents bring together multiple different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland and Ireland. They perform original compositions and have rich vocal harmonies in their solid song repertoire that features ballads, sea shanties, and songs in Irish and Scots Gaelic.

Sean plays fiddle, mandocello, shruti box, and sings in English, Irish, and Scots Gaelic. 
Kevin plays guitar, whistle, banjo, and has competed in the All-Ireland for singing.

Tracy plays highland pipes, border pipes, and whistle.

Potluck at 5, music at 6.

Reserve Seats