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Sierra Hull promo photo - Sierra Hull stands outside a house, wearing a hat and dress and holding a mandolin.

Billy Strings with special guests Forlorn Strangers

Spend an evening with two great bands - Billy Strings and special guests Forlorn Strangers!

Billy Strings holds his guitar by its body near his head in his right hand, and the guitar neck points down across the right side of his body; his left arm is raised, elbow bent pointing toward the viewer, and he looks to his left.

Mountain Faith

North Carolina’s own Mountain Faith earned IBMA's 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year title in September! They have played their unique brand of music since 2000. Their fresh Appalachian take on gospel, bluegrass, folk, R&B, and pop music has earned them televised appearances on Daystar and the 2015 season of America’s Got Talent, where their cover of the song “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic helped propel them all the way to the show’s semifinal found.

Promotional photo of Mountain Faith - 6 men and 1 woman standing outside on a town sidewalk, 3 men on each side of Summer McMahan, under a sign for Eric's Fresh Fish Market.

NCCU Jazz Ensemble

It has been 40 years since the NC Central University became the first university in the state - public or private - to offer the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, initiated by jazz trumpet legend Donald Byrd. Today, the department supports 10 ensembles, in addition to offering a comprehensive vocal jazz component and the Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance. The NCCU Jazz Ensemble is the top big band of the University's two large ensembles.

African American and Caucasian students, male and female, all in matching red coats and dark slacks (and the men all in white shirts with collars and neckties). Front row musicians play saxophones; back row musicians play trombones.

Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, an insightful songwriter, and a singular vocalist who has been described by The New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” Undercurrent, her fourth Sugar Hill album, is her first release since graduating with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and relocating to New York City, and it has earned her two GRAMMYS earlier this year

Promotional photo of Sarah Jarosz; she is shown from the waist up, standing beside a door.

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 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. Thomas performs with her band The Nightdrivers -- Steve Anderson (drums), Sarah Dawson (backup vocals), Nathan Golub (bass), Gordon Hartin (pedal steel), and Tim Shearer (guitar) -- out of Durham, North Carolina.

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.

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.


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