Music of the Carolinas

Since 1998, PineCone and the North Carolina Museum of History have partnered to present the Music of the Carolinas series.

This is a series of nine FREE concerts featuring some of the state's finest folk musicians and tradition bearers. This series utilizes program notes, lecture-demos, and film screenings in addition to performances to educate audiences about various cultural art traditions that have grown in North Carolina or taken root here over the years. These concerts are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Free tickets for these concerts are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2 p.m.

The 2017-2018 series is in the process of being booked - please check back soon for details, or sign up for PineCone's Concert Reminders e-newsletter to have these and other concert announcements delivered directly to your inbox!

 


 

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.

Orgullo y Alma Latina

Mexican culture is one of the strongest and most prominent cultural influences in the United States, and one part of this culture is the traditional folk dancing. Orgullo y Alma Latina was founded in 2008 as part of the efforts to involve new generations in participating in and educating about Mexican culture through folk dance, reflecting some of the rituals, culture, and traditions. Orgullo y Alma Latina is a traditional folk dance group, composed of a dedicated group of Hispanic dancers, giving them a sense of community and cultural pride, as well as allowing them to sha

Dancers standing outside in a semicircle wearing traditional, colorful Mexican folk dance outfits. The women wear long skirts that they hold out to show the colors, trim, and patterns. Some wear head scarves covering part of their hair, and others wear cloth flowers in their hair. Three men kneel in front of the women, two with their hats in front of them and wear dark slacks and decorated white button-down long sleeve shirts. A 3rd man kneels between 2 in white slacks, a short-sleeved purple shirt, and hat

Rissi Palmer

Since releasing her self-titled CD in October 2007, singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer has received widespread media attention, including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People Magazine, GIANT, New York Post, VIBE, CBS Saturday Early Show, Huffington Post, Extra, CNN, and many more. And with the release of her debut single, "Country Girl," Palmer made music history as the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987.

Rissi Palmer holds her guitar behind her head, partly visible over her right shoulder. Her dark, curly hair blows partly in front of her face; she is wearing a leather-textured jacket over a lacy white top.
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