The Boxcars with special guests ShadowGrass

Kick off the Midtown Bluegrass season with veteran bluegrass band The Boxcars and rising stars ShadowGrass! You won't want to miss this exciting pairing of musicians, where you can see for yourself how bluegrass continues to inspire future generations to play music. The afternoon will begin with a facilitated youth jam with local musicians Lynda and Jamie Dawson.

Promotional photo of The Boxcars - five men in various poses (standing, crouching, or leaning against the wall), outside an old brick building with a rusted door and some leaves growing up one side of the doorframe. The men all wear black shoes, blue jeans, and long-sleeved button down shirts. Three of the men have facial hair, two do not. All five have short hair; Adam Steffey, standing in the middle, is the only one wearing glasses.

Loose Strings Band

The Loose Strings Band (LSB), an all female band from Galax, Virginia, has been together for 11 years, and they are known in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and beyond for their tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms. They have traveled throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond playing for many different types of events, from bluegrass conventions and weddings to benefits, churches, reunions, festivals, and more.

Promotional photo of Loose Strings Band - 5 young women stand outside in the grass with mountains and trees in the background. The women are all wearing different dresses and standing with their instruments: Lindsey Nale with mandolin; Channing Russell Combs with guitar; Grace Davis with bass; Ashley Nale with banjo; and Mary-Claire Hooper with fiddle.

Kamara Thomas & the Night Drivers

Kamara Thomas was recently featured in a Paste article titled "14 Artists Proving Black Americana is Real." Thomas writes musical tales culled from American songlines and dreamtimes. Her songwriting draws from a wide swath of classic country and rock -- echoes of Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty co-mingle with the folk sounds of spirituals, hymns, mountainsong and Lucinda Williams-esque originals.

Kamara Thomas headshot/promotional photo; she is seen from the shoulders up in a black top with the sun reflecting off her skin as she looks off to the right; bare tree limbs decorated with round purple ornaments are above her head, and out of focus trees are visible in the background.

Charros de Mexico

Mariachi music combines elements of indigenous Mexican music with musical styles from a variety of other cultures, such as the waltz and the fandango from Europe as well as many dance rhythms and melodic ideas from Africa. Modern mariachi bands typically feature trumpets, guitars, and violins, among other instruments. Today, mariachi bands are known to perform for many different occasions, such as dances, weddings, funerals, birthdays, and more.

Five people (four men and one woman) stand outside a building in full, matching mariachi outfits: black pants, coats, and shoes, white shirts, red neckerchiefs, and black and silver sombreros (the woman, standing in the middle, holds her sombrero in front of her). On the ground in front of the musicians are instruments: a violin, a trumpet, a guitar, and another string instrument that looks like a small guitar.

Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves

Tyler Hughes and Sam Gleaves play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains. Their programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing. As a duo, Gleaves and Huges also perform contemporary songs that tell stories from today's Appalachia, which can be heard on Gleaves' critically acclaimed album Ain't We Brothers.

Sam Gleaves (with guitar) and Tyler Hughes (with banjo) seated on a staircase.

The Lang Sisters Band

The Lang Sisters Band of North Carolina features the award-winning sister duet of Chloe and Jessica Lang, who have immersed themselves in Appalachian, bluegrass and folk music, and they are excited to join forces with Sam Stage and Jef Walter for this performance. Well known throughout the thriving Triangle and Piedmont music scene, these musicians enjoy sharing their passion for this music with audiences of all ages.

The Lang Sisters Band standing on the front porch steps outside a door of a house with a grey brick facade, with the words "THE LANG SISTERS BAND" above the door frame in red. Front left: Jessie Lang - a young woman holding a mandolin; back left: Jef Walter stands holding up his upright bass on his left side; back right: Sam Stage holds his fiddle; front right: Chloe Lang holds her guitar. All 4 are smiling.

Steep Canyon Rangers with the North Carolina Symphony

The Grammy award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers—based in the North Carolina mountains—take the stage with the North Carolina Symphony at the picturesque Koka Booth Ampitheatre in Cary! The Rangers showcase smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals, and jaw-dropping harmonies in this not-to-be-missed concert. PineCone is honored to partner with the North Carolina Symphony to present this special evening of music!

Promotional photo of Steep Canyon Rangers - Band members are casually dressed in jeans and long-sleeved shirts; 3 have facial hair, 2 are wearing hats, and one wears glasses. They are outside a small brick building (bricks mostly painted white, but some graffiti is visible as well), and there is deep brown, almost red dirt/mulch covering the ground.

Al Strong

Trumpet player Al Strong is well known in the Triangle's growing jazz scene. He is a gifted musician, arranger, and composer; a respected instructor in his role as adjunct professor at NC Central University's Jazz Studies program; and as the co-founder of the Art of Cool Project, a non-profit jazz presenting organization that has been working to expand the audience for jazz in the Triangle since 2011. Strong has had the pleasure of performing for artists such as Brandford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, and Linda Eder.

Al Strong, seated, in a gray suit, red shirt, and tie, holds his trumpet in his left hand resting on his left leg; his right hand is on his right leg, right elbow pointing out.

Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboy

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. And earlier this year, they were part of the Merlefest on the Road tour. Between heartbreaking ballads and high-energy sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show. Byrd is a seventh generation North Carolinian, a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites.

Jonathan Byrd stands with his legs in a wide stance, holding his guitar in playing position and gazing into the distance, wearing a reddish, long sleeve shirt, dark khaki pants, boots, and a wide brimmed hat. To his right, Johnny Waken is in jumping, legs tucked, back to Byrd, holding an electric guitar in playing position. Waken wears a newsboy-style hat, a light green long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, blue jeans, and boots. Both men have facial hair.
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