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Our website is currently under construction, but we have a full calendar of shows coming up for you to enjoy this summer, and more to be announced soon! Please call us at 919-664-8333 if you have any questions or would like any additional information about these programs:
August 13 - Viewing Party for IBMA Award Nominees announcements at Daily Planet & Daily Planet Cafe in NC Museum of History - RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET
The 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be presented in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts) on Oct. 2. Start the party early on Wednesday, August 13, when YOU can watch the live–streamed announcement of this year’s nominees – straight from Nashville, Tennessee – on the big screen in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Daily Planet! The Daily Planet Cafe will also be open, so you can enjoy dinner there while you see who is nominated for this year's highest bluegrass honors! After the nominees are announced, stick around for an intimate acoustic set with Diamond Creek Bluegrass Band in the Daily Planet Cafe! PLEASE NOTE: The Daily Planet Cafe will remain open throughout the evening; entry to the Museum will not begin until 5:30 p.m. The livestream broadcast is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. EST (4:45 Central).
Lee Ann Womack & Jerry Douglas have been announced as the hosts of this year's International Bluegrass Music Awards, Oct. 2, 2014 @ Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts! Reserve tickets
Additional artists have been announced for this year's Wide Open Bluegrass, Oct. 3-4, 2014! Reserve tickets
July 31, 5 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam - all pickers welcome!
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Nixon, Blevins, & Gage
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: The Grass Cats
Close out July with a bang, PineCone Bluegrass style! This Pickin' in the Plaza concert will feature the two co-hosts of the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show performing with their respective bands - Larry Nixon will kick things off with Nixon, Blevins, & Gage, and Tim Woodall will close out the night with his chart-topping outfit The Grass Cats. Nixon, Blevins, & Gage combine finger picking, flat picking, and harmony with folk, traditional, religious, and country music wth selections ranging from modern songs adapted to their style to true-to-form preservations of older songs. Raleigh's own Grass Cats are the only group on an independent label that's had singles reach #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimted chart, and this year they're also a showcase band for IBMA's Bluegrass Ramble! You can get a sneak preview of what's to come during this Pickin' in the Plaza concert in downtown Raleigh! Before the music starts on-stage, musicians are invited to jam on the plaza from 5-6:30! All levels welcome - FREE and open to the public. Learn more about Nixon, Blevins, & Gage; Learn more about the Grass Cats; Learn more about Pickin' in the Plaza
Sunday, Aug. 3, 5 p.m.: Enjoy an evening of hymns and gospel music in Wake Forest with Johnston County's own The Branchettes, Wilbur Tharpe and Lena Mae Perry. They've performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Merlefest and more!
Saturday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m.: PineCone returns to Cary's Sertoma Amphitheatre with a blues concert featuring Boo Hanks and Lightnin' Wells. Hanks is the greatest Piedmont Blues rediscovery in many years. He sings and plays guitar in the style of the legendary Blind Boy Fuller. Mike “Lightnin” Wells breathes new life into the vintage tunes of the 1920s and depression era America, employing various stringed instruments in a dynamic style developed over thirty years of experience. Learn more about Boo Hanks & Lightnin' Wells; Learn more about Sertoma Amphitheatre
Thursday, Aug. 14, 5 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam - all pickers welcome!
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: The Williamson Brothers
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: Constant Change
Constant Change comes to Raleigh for the summer's penultimate Pickin' in the Plaza concert! They are another NC act that has been selected to be one of the 30 showcase artists who are part of this year's IBMA Bluegrass Ramble. The Williamson Brothers, Tony and Gary, will kick off a night of top-shelf bluegrass in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza. Before the music starts on-stage, musicians are invited to jam on the plaza from 5-6:30! All levels welcome - FREE and open to the public. Learn more about Constant Change; Learn more about the Williamson Brothers; Learn more about Pickin' in the Plaza
Sunday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam - all pickers welcome!
5 p.m.: The Erin McDermott Band returns to the Triangle as part of the inaugural Midtown Bluegrass Series in North Hills' new Midtown Park - FREE and open to the public. Learn more about Erin McDermott; Learn more about the Midtown Bluegrass Series
Thursday, Aug. 28, 5 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam - all pickers welcome!
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: The Hey Brothers
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: Acoustic Manner
Acoustic Manner closes out the inaugural Pickin' in the Plaza series with The Hey Brothers. Acoustic Manner is Shawn Chase on mandolin and vocals; Walter Hensey on bass guitar; David Kleiss on guitar and vocals; Hank Smith on banjo and vocals; and Lindsey Tims on fiddle and vocals. Billing themselves as "sophisticated string music with ramble aplenty," they compare their sound to groups and artists ranging from New Grass Revival, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, and the David Grisman Quintet to Leftover Salmon, Tony Rice, Mike Marshall, and Barefoot Manner, among others. The Hey Brothers are an accomplished group of pickers: Keith Sikes on bass, John Dudley on banjo, Brian English on fiddle, Allen Ray, Tim Lee on guitar. Tim Lee also designed the artwork for this year's Wide Open Bluegrass! Before the music starts on-stage, musicians are invited to jam on the plaza from 5-6:30! All levels welcome - FREE and open to the public. Learn more about Acoustic Manner; Learn more about The Hey Brothers; Learn more about Pickin' in the Plaza
Sunday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam - all pickers welcome!
5 p.m.: Front Country is only the third band to ever win both RockyGrass and Telluride band competitions, and you can see them in Raleigh as part of the Midtown Bluegrass Series in North Hills' new Midtown Park - FREE and open to the public. Learn more about Front Country; Learn more about the Midtown Bluegrass Series
Sunday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam - all pickers welcome!
5 p.m.: Barefoot Movement has recently returned from a west-coast tour opening for The Milk Carton Kids, and the band is now touring in support of their own sophomore release, Figures of the Year. Make plans to catch them in Raleigh as they wrap up this year's Midtown Bluegrass Series in North Hills' new Midtown Park - FREE and open to the public. Learn more about Barefoot Movement; Learn more about the Midtown Bluegrass Series
Plus, the PineCone Bluegrass Jam meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Busy Bee Café from 7-10 p.m.; the Irish Jam Session meets every Sunday from 3-6 p.m., and the Shape Note Singers meet in Durham’s First Presbyterian Church on the 2ndSunday of each month from 2-4 p.m. and in Raleigh at the Friends Meeting House on the 4thSunday of each month from 2-4 p.m. AND, there are jam opportunities before all of the Pickin' in the Plaza concerts and before all of the Midtown Bluegrass concerts! Finally, the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show is on the air every Sunday night from 6-9 p.m. on WQDR 94.7-FM, or streaming online via 947qdr.com. You can also find past show playlists on Spotify!
And much more! Sign up for PineCone's e-mail list to keep up-to-date about all of PineCone's upcoming programs, or call 919-664-8333 if you have questions or want additional information. You can also e-mail PineCone. It’s an exciting time for traditional and roots music here in North Carolina!
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