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.

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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.

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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.

Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminski to Co-Host 27th International Bluegrass Music Awards

Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminski will co-host the 27th International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

Down Home Concerts Members-Only Pre-Sale

PineCone reserves a full week for our members to reserve tickets to our Down Home Concerts before tickets go on sale for the general public. This year's Down Home Concerts lineup features:

Top row, left to right: Billy Strings, Kruger Brothers, Sierra Hull; Bottom row, left to right: Dom Flemons, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Kaia Kater, Sarah Jarosz

Carolina PineCones at Downtown Cary Farmers Market

Carolina PineCones members Sam Stage (fiddle), Natalie Mundorf (guitar), Jacob Day (mandolin), and Emma Day (fiddle) will perform at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. Jef Walter, who has served as the band mentor since they started performing together earlier this year, will play bass. Moved by the death of bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley in June, the students are proud to be learning some Stanley Brothers classics, like “Worried Man Blues” and “Meet Me By the Moonlight.”

IBMA Announces 2016 Bluegrass Ramble Schedule

IBMA has announced the Bluegrass Ramble Schedule for the official showcase acts, and those 30 juried bands will perform at various downtown Raleigh venues, including the Raleigh Convention Center.

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

PineCone presents and promotes bluegrass in a variety of places, including the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at the Busy Bee Cafe, which takes place on the second and fourth Monday of every month. 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 foregrounds, backs of musicians gathered in the Busy Bee Cafe during the PineCone Bluegrass Jam

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