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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

The Gina Furtado Project
The Gina Furtado Project
Sun Apr 26 @ 6:00PM

Potluck at 5 PM.

Fronted by banjoist, singer, and songwriter Gina Furtado, the Gina Furtado Project lays heavy emphasis on catchy, relatable, original material that spans the gamut from bluegrass to swing to gypsy jazz and beyond.

With two IBMA nominations for Banjo Player of the Year to show for it, Gina has been quickly earning recognition as one of the most innovative banjoists on the scene today. The Bluegrass Situation says, ‘It is no surprise that her songs would showcase her swift and graceful picking” but that her album also “reveals her to be a graceful singer and insightful songwriter.”

Joining Gina is a cast of equally compelling and creative musicians: Max Johnson on bass (Molly Tuttle Band, Jacob Joliff Band, Jeff Austin Band); Drew Matulich on guitar (Billy Strings); Malia Furtado on fiddle (Director of Education at the Front Porch Music School)

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Jeffrey Gaines
Sun May 03 @ 6:00PM

Potluck at 5 PM.

Jeffrey Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances.With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, Jeffrey Gaines has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, entertaining audiences everywhere he goes. Raised in Harrisburg, PA by parents more inclined to spin soul classics by Aretha and Otis than the New Wave and Brit Rock blasting from their son’s room, a teenaged Gaines began singing and playing guitar in several local garage bands. He soon decided to set out on his own and quickly landed a record deal, releasing Jeffrey Gaines, the first of his five studio releases. The album garnered four stars from The Philadelphia Inquirer, describing Gaines as “…an ethereal soul…insistent, impassioned, full of self-knowledge.” Somewhat Slightly Dazed, and Galore followed. Interview Magazine called Gaines’ music “soul-searching” and “refreshingly free of jargon, sentiment or cliché.”

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Austin MacRae
Austin MacRae
Sat May 16 @ 7:00PM

Potluck at 6 PM.

Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story. He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Club Passim, Kerrville Folk Festival (New Folk Finalist), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and many other venues. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015. His second album, Keeper, won a SAMMY for Best Americana in 2018.

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