Face of Folk: 30 Years of PineCone


The Face of Folk: 30 Years of PineCone“Seems like traditional music is the type of music that you start out with and don’t ever forget and it grows up in you. That’s traditional. It grows up in you.”
~NC Gospel Singer Lena Mae Perry

This year marks PineCone’s 30th Anniversary, and we couldn’t be more honored to have the City of Raleigh Museum telling PineCone’s story with the help of four fantastic North Carolina musicians: Jim Mills (bluegrass), Wayne Martin (old time), John Dee Holeman (blues) and Lena Mae Perry (gospel). The Museum staff also spoke with two of PineCone’s founders: Ron Raxter and Wayne Martin, as well as PineCone staff, and the Museum staff have been going back through PineCone’s archives, too.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the City of Raleigh Museum will tell PineCone’s story, and we hope you’ll take some time during the exhibit’s stay in the Museum to see it for yourself!
The Museum approached the exhibit by asking: When it comes to music, what’s the difference between traditional and folk? What is traditional in Raleigh?

As the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass takes over the capital city this October, the City of Raleigh Museum will explore these questions in “The Face of Folk: 30 Years of PineCone.”  The exhibit celebrates PineCone with a retrospective of our 30 years preserving, promoting and presenting traditional folk arts of North Carolina’s Piedmont.

PineCone presents more than 30 roots music concerts per year, in addition to producing the annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in collaboration with the IBMA, the City of Raleigh, and a local organizing committee. PineCone also promotes area jam sessions, offers bluegrass camps for youth, and more.

“The Face of Folk: 30 Years of PineCone” will honor the programming, artists, and music that PineCone has shared, including blues, old-time, bluegrass, and gospel. Visitors will hear the sounds of each musical style through inter-active exhibit pieces and even try their hand at playing a note or two. Featuring local music legends like John Dee Holeman and Jim Mills, this free exhibit opens September 19, 2014 and runs through December 31, 2014.

The City of Raleigh Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville Street and is free and open to the public. The museum’s hours are 9 am – 4 pm, Tue. – Sat., 1 pm – 4 pm Sunday. For more information, call 919-996-2220 or visit cityofraleighmuseum.org.