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.

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.

PineCone Youth Jam with Jef Walter & Matt Hooper

At the March 2017 youth jam, Jef Walter will be joined by fiddle player Matt Hooper for a more in-depth look at "In the Pines" in the key of G.

This jam session favorite uses the I (one), IV (four) and V (five) chords; in the key of G, those chords are G, C, and D. If you're not sure what these "chord numbers" mean exactly, no problem--that's one thing the facilitators will review at the jam.

Female and male students sit in a circle in a room at Marbles Kids Museum playing fiddles and guitars; facilitator Jef Walter stands to play his guitar in the circle with the students; a few parents and others look on from outside the circle of young musicians.

2017 NC Sacred Harp Convention - Raleigh

The annual North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention is expanding to two days this year, featuring one day of singing in Raleigh (Saturday, March 4) and a second day of singing in Durham on Sunday, March 5! Learn more about the program on Sunday, March 5 in Durham

Casually dressed men and women of various ages and ethnicities sit together in chairs set up in a hollow square formation, and they are holding books; in the center of the square, a man stands holding a book and leading the group singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

2017 NC Sacred Harp Convention - Durham

The annual North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention is expanding to two days this year, featuring one day of singing in Raleigh (Saturday, March 4) and a second day of singing in Durham on Sunday, March 5! Learn more about the program on Saturday, March 4 in Raleigh

Casually dressed men and women of various ages and ethnicities sit together in chairs set up in a hollow square formation, and they are holding books; in the center of the square, a man stands holding a book and leading the group singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

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.

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.

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.

PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

The PineCone Bluegrass learning jam at Harry’s Guitar Shop on the third Wednesday of the month continues to be very popular, welcoming beginner musicians and people who want to learn basic jam etiquette before jumping into a traditional jam. This month's featured songs will be "Soldier's Joy" and "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" (download chord sheets for February 2017 learning jam)

Men and women of varying ages sit in a large circle on chairs or stools; Jef Walter stands with his bass. Two walls of guitars are visible behind the musicians, and there's a worn rug in the middle of the circle that the participants are seated around. Photo credit: Spencer Mobley

Shape Note Sing

This is the final shape note sing before the annual convention - don't miss this free oppotunity to learn about this unique singing style right here in Raleigh. And please note the new start time - the sing will start at 1:50 p.m., not 2 p.m., to help accommodate the chapel's schedule. The chapel doesn't have an address, but if you Google 1091 Wake Forest Road, you will find it. There is free parking on both sides of Cedar St., as well as on Mordecai Dr. and Mimosa St.

Men and women of various ages sit with books, some facing the camera, some in profile with their left shoulders toward the camera; singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

Shape Note Sing

In the shape note singing tradtion, singers sing a cappella (without accompaniment) and sit arranged by vocal part in a “hollow square,” facing one another across the square and taking turns at leading. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the Shape Note Sing - beginners and experienced singers are all welcome. The Shape Note Singers meet the second Sunday of each month in Durham and the fourth Sunday of each month in Raleigh.

Singers gathered together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Convention; men and women of various ages sit together around a square holding songbooks, and a man stands in the middle of the square leading the song.

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