Two Bluegrass Exhibits in Raleigh Museums

Did World of Bluegrass, Wide Open Bluegrass, and the Bluegrass Ramble leave you thirsting for more bluegrass in Raleigh? You're in luck!
The North Carolina Museum of History is hosting a special exhibit, Turn the Radio On, until Oct. 27. This exhibit highlights the development of bluegrass in North Carolina and illustrates how radio helped spread the new genre in the 1930s and 1940s. Learn about Tar Heel musicians and see examples of the instruments that make the bluegrass sound special. You can also see songbooks, posters, and promotional products and discover the role each played in the story of bluegrass and radio programs such as Dixie Jamboree and Crazy Barn Dance. The small exhibit "Turn the Radio On": Carolina Bluegrass showcases items such as George Shuffler's 1941 Gibson J-45 guitar; Jim Shumate's fiddle; a WPTF microphone; and products advertised during radio programs. Learn more about Turn the Radio On
The City of Raleigh Museum is also hosting an exhibit, Seeds of Grass: Radio and the Rise of Bluegrass in Raleigh, which tells the story of how North Carolina's capital city shaped America's most unique musical genre and features rare instruments, recordings, and artifacts from performers and the city's early radio station, WPTF. For a Raleigh-focused perspective on the relationship between radio and the rise of bluegrass music, stop by the City of Raleigh Museum! Learn more about the City of Raleigh Museum
And don't forget, the second and fourth Monday of each month, you can check out the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at the Busy Bee Cafe in Raleigh, and the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show airs every Sunday from 6-9 p.m. on 94.7 QDR.