PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass 2016

Single-day and two-day tickets are still available for the Wide Open Bluegrass Main Stage, where you can hear Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, the Del McCoury Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and many more top bluegrass artists!

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass: Fri/Sat, Sept 30 & Oct 1, Ticketed Main Stage and Free StreetFest, downtown Raleigh; Main Stage tickets are going fast! An illustration of a squirrel holding a banjo is in the center of the image, with silhouettes of banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and basses emanating from concentric circles behind the squirrel. Below the squirrel is a rendering of the City of Raleigh skyline.

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass 2016

Single-day and two-day tickets are still available for the Wide Open Bluegrass Main Stage, where you can hear Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, the Del McCoury Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and many more top bluegrass artists!

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass: Fri/Sat, Sept 30 & Oct 1, Ticketed Main Stage and Free StreetFest, downtown Raleigh; Main Stage tickets are going fast! An illustration of a squirrel holding a banjo is in the center of the image, with silhouettes of banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and basses emanating from concentric circles behind the squirrel. Below the squirrel is a rendering of the City of Raleigh skyline.

Mary D. Williams

“Go Tell it on the Mountain,” an African-American spiritual dating back to before the Civil War, is a Christmas tradition in many houses of worship. But, like many spirituals, it was adapted into a Civil Rights anthem. Join gospel singer and educator Mary D. Williams in an afternoon of gospel singing, prepare to participate! 

Mary D Williams stands in profile, looking up. Her hair is pulled back and she wears a dark sequined top with sleeves to her elbows, a shimmering skirt, dangling earrings, a necklace, bracelets on her right wrist, and rings on both hands. In the background is a pair of floor-to-ceiling pillars and a North Carolina flag to Mary's left, and a curtain covers the wall behind her. She stands at a wooden desk with a wooden chair behind her.

Lloyd Arneach

Lloyd Arneach, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, shares stories that range from the "old stories" of the Cherokee traditions and from his personal experiences, to contemporary and historical events; from creation stories to behind the scenes of Dances with Wolves. He tells stories of different Native Americans: Floyd Red Crow Westerman; Billy Mills, an Olympic champion; a young Cree Indian girl with no stories to tell; and a postmaster on the Papago Reservation.

Storyteller Lloyd Arneach wears a wide brimmed hat, a prominent ring on his right ring finger, and a short-sleeve shirt; his hands are up in front of his chest, mid-gesture/story. A patterned tapestry is in the background.

Performers and Presenters Announced for 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards

All five Entertainer of the Year nominees – Balsam Range, The Del McCoury Band, The Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome, and The Gibson Brothers – are among performers for the September 29 event. Tickets are still available.

Joe Penland

A century ago, the remnants of two hurricanes collided over western North Carolina, inundating the mountain region and the western Piedmont with historic rainfall. The catastrophic results provided inspiration for original ballads and traditional folk songs still sung in the region today. Joe Penland was born and raised in rural Madison County in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and some of his songs and stories for this concert will recall the personal losses endured by victims of the flood.

Joe Penland holds a fiddle and leans against the doorpost of a half-open door, right foot inside, left foot outside on the building's porch. He wears jeans, a short-sleeved shirt, and a western-style hat.

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

Kick off your World of Bluegrass week at the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at the Busy Bee Cafe! Bluegrass musicians gather at the Busy Bee on the fourth Monday of every month to share music and camaraderie. The jam welcomes all musicians looking for opportunities to play bluegrass music and all fans who want to listen and share in the camaraderie! While the PineCone Bluegrass Jam welcomes musicians of all skill levels to participate, it is not a learning jam (often referred to as a “slow jam” in bluegrass circles).

In the foreground, backs of musicians gathered in the Busy Bee Cafe during the PineCone Bluegrass Jam

NEW! Learning Bluegrass Jam

For the PineCone Bluegrass Jam, we are thrilled to be adding a learning jam at Harry’s Guitar Shop on the third Wednesday of the month, kicking off this month on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m. This jam is specifically for those who are learning the basics of bluegrass music and playing with other musicians, and it is open to all ages. Jef Walter, a local musician who plays bass and guitar with Charles Pettee & the Iron Mountain Messengers, will facilitate this month's jam to assist jam participants.

Harry's Guitar Shop Logo - Background: An illustration of a triangle, point down, with horizontal stripes, an illustration of an electric guitar, vertical (neck & tuning pegs at top of image, guitar body at point of triangle), and the words "Harry's Guitar Shop" in two lines overlay the guitar neck

NEW! PineCone Bluegrass/Old Time/Americana Jam

PineCone is excited to expand our reach into the western region of the Triangle with a new combined bluegrass/old time/Americana jam thanks to a partnership with Speakeasy in Carrboro! This jam will meet for the first time on Monday, Sept. 12, and it will meet monthly on the second Monday of each month from 6-9pm. The Piedmont region of North Carolina has a vibrant and varied music scene, which we hope will be well represented through this new jam.

Tyler's Taproom logo - a curved line above and below the two-line text Tyler's Taproom

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest Lineup Announcement

The Festival footprint will expand this year to include Lichtin Plaza in front of Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Balsam Range; Jim Lauderdale; Claire Lynch Band; Dale Ann Bradley; Band of Ruhks; Sierra Hull; Flatt Lonesome; Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass; Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley; and Songs from the Road Band are just some of the more than 100 artists who will perform in downtown Raleigh September 30-October 1.

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