Strictly Strings

If you missed Strictly Strings at Wide Open Bluegrass, or you just didn't get enough of them there, don't miss your chance to see them in Raleigh one more time, kicking off the Music of the Carolinas. Strictly Strings is an Appalachian old-time band born in Boone from an old-time fiddle class in the Junior Appalachian Musicicians (J.A.M) Program, instructed by Cecil Gurganus. Strictly Strings has been together for three successful years, and they are well on their way to many more. They perform locally, at festivals, private gigs, contra dances, and radio shows.

Members of Strictly Strings standing outside: l to r: a young woman in a dress & jean jacket holds a fiddle & bow vertically in front of her; a young man in jeans & a shirt w/sleeves down to his elbows holds a mandolin in playing position; a young woman in a sundress stands beside an upright bass; a man w/a beard wearing jeans & a long-sleeved shirt holds a guitar vertically in front of him by its neck; a young man wearing a hat & vest holds his banjo resting its head on the ground. Trees behind them.

Old Crow Medicine Show performing "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde"

Old Crow Medicine Show will be performing their newest album, 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde, in its entirety, for one night only in Raleigh! The night will feature two sets by the band with an intermission and encores. Last year, in celebration of 50 years since the release of Dylan's iconic 1966 double LP Blonde on Blonde, Old Crow covered the album in its entirety for a performance at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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Old Crow Medicine Show performing Blonde on Blonde graphic - illustration of man from nose up, evoking the original "Blonde on Blonde cover," with hair transforming into flying crows looking up the album cover. Text: Old Crow Medicine Show performing Blonde on Blonde

Matthew Tooni

Matthew Tooni is a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. He has played an active part in the community as both a storyteller and flutist. Tooni is also part of the Medicine Lake Traditional Dancers, which branched from the original Ravenrock Dance group created by Elder Walker Calhoun. In addition, Tooni is a former cast member of Unto These Hills, the long-running outdoor drama depicting three centuries of Cherokee history, performing key lines in the Cherokee language and contributing flute to the production.

Matthew Tooni wearing a collared shirt, vest, and tie. His hair is close cropped, and he has some facial hair, mostly on his chin, also close cut.

The Magic of African Rhythms: BalanKora: A Harvest of Memories

The Magic of African Rhythms share the beauty and spirit of Kwanzaa through music and stories. The sounds of the balan and kora - griot instruments from West Africa -  reconnect audiences to distant traditions. Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates and teaches about the Seven Principles (Swahili: Nguzo Saba) of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community, and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community.

Two percussionists and a dancer share the stage: the dancer, on the left, is facing in toward the percussionists (right should toward audience), standing up on her toes, barefoot. She is leaning forward, arms stretched with energy to her sides, and she is smiling. One percussionist plays a pair of different drums with sticks, facing the audience; the other percussionist faces in toward the dancer, and he is playing a djembe with his hands. He is also smiling. All 3 wear different styles of African garb.

Songs from the Road Band

Songs from the Road Band is a supergroup featuring a rotating cast of musicians who all perform with other ensembles and projects throughout the U.S. This may be your only chance to see them share the stage in this configuration - Charles R Humphrey III (Steep Canyon Rangers, bass), Sam Wharton (guitar), Phil Barker (Town Mountain, guitar), Mark Schimick (Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, mandolin), Sam Guthridge (banjo), Tommy Maher (Fireside Collective, dobro), James Schlender (fiddle) (subject to change). They'll have a new CD with them at this concert, too!

Songs from the Road Band: 9 men with light skin in a variety of outfits stand together in front of a colorful wall.

Tim O'Brien and The Banjo Tramps, featuring Jan Fabricius, JD Hutchinson, & Old Man Luedecke

For this special concert, Tim O’Brien performs with Jan Fabricius, JD Hutchinson, and Old Man Luedecke, three artists O’Brien has been collaborating with individually for several years. Collectively, they refer to themselves as "The Banjo Tramps."

Tim O'Brien playing mandolin; he's wearing glasses and a plaid flannel shirt; he has light skin and sandy brown hair.

The Wailin' Jennys

By popular demand, PineCone favorites The Wailin’ Jennys are coming back to Raleigh, and they’ll have a new album in tow! One of today’s most respected folk groups, The Wailin’ Jennys are releasing their first new recording in six years, Fifteen. This long-awaited follow-up to Bright Morning Stars finds the trio bringing their passion and stellar musicianship to a carefully curated collection of some of their favorite songs, including tracks by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton.

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The three members of The Wailin' Jennys all have long brown hair, worn down. Two stand side by side in the front, each wearing a top in a different shade of gray and facing the viewer. The woman on the left in the lighter gray top wears 2 silver necklaces. Behind and between them, the third woman is looking over her right shoulder. She wears a jean jacket over a beige top.

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Blues artist Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has WOWED the crowds in Raleigh and beyond with his humor and storytelling. From the streets of the Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest to the intimacy of Fletcher Theater, his performances are memorable and mesmerizing. This coming year, he’ll perform a full evening concert as part of the Down Home Series! Paxton is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who transforms traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country music into the here and now. He is still in his 20s, and he is often described as a young man with an old soul.

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton playing banjo beside a tree. He is wearing a hat, a jacket and button-down shirt, and he has a bright smile.

Molly Tuttle

Influenced by the songwriting styles of Gillian Welch and Bob Dylan, Molly Tuttle is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice. She will be joined for this concert by an ensemble of equally talented musicians who back her up and support her unique voice and original songs. Earlier this year, Tuttle made IBMA history by becoming the first woman nominated for Guitar Player of the Year. She was also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

Molly Tuttle - a young woman with light skin, shoulder length brown hair, wearing a jean jacket and dark shirt, with a guitar neck to her right.

2018 North Carolina Heritage Awards Ceremony

You’re invited to be part of a celebration of North Carolina arts and creative expression at the 2018 North Carolina Heritage Awards Ceremony! Join us for a rare opportunity to enjoy performances by masters of the traditional arts together on one stage for the North Carolina Heritage Awards. This year’s performance and ceremony will feature awardees alongside younger generations of artists continuing these traditions in music, dance, and pottery.

2016 NC Heritage Award honorees on stage together at the end of the most recent NC Heritage Awards Ceremony in Fletcher Theater.
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