Learned Place House Concerts represent a cooperative approach to sharing outstanding live music and building friendships nourished by this common interest. Our focus is deliberately on Southern regional music, the heritage we share and celebrate whether native or newcomer to the South. The musical heritage is rich, and we are still exploring it, thus far with a focus on acoustic music that features outstanding singing and memorable musicianship ranging from traditional music and bluegrass to contemporary singer song-writers who sing about the South, its history and transformation. We”ve enjoyed some wonderful singing and story telling, and seen and heard some great playing on guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin and fiddle. This is music of joy and sorrow that speaks to the contradictions of our Southern heritage, touching universal themes of isolation and community, sin and salvation, exploitation and resistance, tradition and change.

Setting & Format

Our home is in the Duke Forest neighborhood a couple miles from Duke University, set down a hillside in the trees. Our living room accommodates a stage and about 80 folding chairs, set up pew-like after the normal furnishings are moved out or to the edges. There are large decks on the front and the back of the house. Altogether we can accommodate about 100 people. We encourage a concert atmosphere, with attention focused on the musicians when they are playing, and mingling and conversation during the breaks. Be prepared for an intimate setting and great music. Dress is casual and refreshments are served.

Guests are invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the music (usually 7:30 or 8:00). The featured guests will usually play two sets of approximately 45 minutes, with a 15-20 minute break for refreshments, mingling, etc. Some evenings, there is an opening act of half an hour or so. Concerts typically conclude by 10:30 or 11:00.