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News & Announcements

PineCone Bluegrass Summer Camp Alumni Jessica Lang, Chloe Lang and Sam Stage swept the 2017 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance Grassroots Guitar, Mandolin, and Fiddle competitions.
On Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., the Carolina PineCones will host a bluegrass jam on the Front Porch Stage, and on Saturday, May 6, at 2:15 p.m., they'll perform a set on the Cabaret Stage.
Out of more than 160 bands that applied to be part of the 2017 IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcases, eight are from or based in North Carolina, and three are international acts.


Musicians gathered in a circle at the Busy Bee Cafe - men and women of all ages sit in a circle playing guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins; the Busy Bee's Bar is along one wall, and the other brick wall has artwork hanging from it. Photo credit: Brainard Photo

Jams & Sessions

Feeling inspired to play some music now that you've seen so many concerts? PineCone partners with local musicians, organizations, and groups to present ongoing participatory music sessions and jams for bluegrass music, Irish music, and shape note singing. Read more

Illustration of Sir Walter Raleigh playing a banjo. PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 29-30, 2017 (IBMA logo in upper right corner.) 2017 World of Bluegrass' Weekend Festival. Main Stage; Downtown Raleigh; StreetFest

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass

PineCone serves as the official "Local Host" for the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass and as producer of the PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Read More

Going Down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont, 1976-1998

PineCone's first-ever CD release highlights some of the very best old-time, regional Piedmont stringband music. Read more