Shape Note Sing Raleigh

Don't miss this free oppotunity to learn about this unique singing style right here in Raleigh. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the Shape Note Sing - beginners and experienced singers are all welcome. 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. (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.)

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 Durham

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.

PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

In honor of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music (Sep 13, 1911-Sep 9, 1996), two Bill Monroe classics will be the featured songs at this month's jam: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" in the key of G, and the instrumental "Big Sandy River" in the key of A. Download chord sheets for "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and "Big Sandy River"

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

Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam

PineCone is teaming up with The Blue Note Grill to host a monthly bluegrass/Americana/old time jam in Durham! The Piedmont region of North Carolina has a vibrant and varied music scene, which the combined bluegrass/old time/Americana jam taps into. This jam will meet on the third Saturday of every month (except in September, when it will meet on the fourth Sunday). There is plenty of space in case musicians want to break out into different groups over the course of the afternoon.

The Blue Note Grill - BBQ & Roots Music

PineCone Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam

This will be the final bluegrass/Americana/old time jam in Carrboro. We appreciate the support of the Tyler's staff, as well as the musicians who have participated in this jam.

Musicians seated in an oval in the Speakeasy at Tyler's Taproom; one musician holding a guitar is standing up. Participants visible in this picture include guitar players, fiddler players, and banjo players. Background: a brick wall with a large TV hanging in the middle of it (the TV is on), and a Duvel poster hangs to the right of the TV; to the left side of the picture, there is a table with someone's plate of food and a partially consumed drink.

The Magic of African Rhythms: BalanKora: A Harvest of Memories

The Magic of African Rhythms share the beauty and spirit of Kwanzaa through music and stories. The sounds of the balan and kora - griot instruments from West Africa -  reconnect audiences to distant traditions. Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates and teaches about the Seven Principles (Swahili: Nguzo Saba) of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community, and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community.

Two percussionists and a dancer share the stage: the dancer, on the left, is facing in toward the percussionists (right should toward audience), standing up on her toes, barefoot. She is leaning forward, arms stretched with energy to her sides, and she is smiling. One percussionist plays a pair of different drums with sticks, facing the audience; the other percussionist faces in toward the dancer, and he is playing a djembe with his hands. He is also smiling. All 3 wear different styles of African garb.

Matthew Tooni

Matthew Tooni is a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. He has played an active part in the community as both a storyteller and flutist. Tooni is also part of the Medicine Lake Traditional Dancers, which branched from the original Ravenrock Dance group created by Elder Walker Calhoun. In addition, Tooni is a former cast member of Unto These Hills, the long-running outdoor drama depicting three centuries of Cherokee history, performing key lines in the Cherokee language and contributing flute to the production.

Cherokee storyteller and musician Matthew Tooni playing a wooden flute on stage at the 2017 National Folk Festival. He wears glasses, jeans and a plaid button-down shirt.

Strictly Strings

If you missed Strictly Strings at Wide Open Bluegrass, or you just didn't get enough of them there, don't miss your chance to see them in Raleigh one more time, kicking off the Music of the Carolinas. Strictly Strings is an Appalachian old-time band born in Boone from an old-time fiddle class in the Junior Appalachian Musicicians (J.A.M) Program, instructed by Cecil Gurganus. Strictly Strings has been together for three successful years, and they are well on their way to many more. They perform locally, at festivals, private gigs, contra dances, and radio shows.

Members of Strictly Strings standing outside: l to r: a young woman in a dress & jean jacket holds a fiddle & bow vertically in front of her; a young man in jeans & a shirt w/sleeves down to his elbows holds a mandolin in playing position; a young woman in a sundress stands beside an upright bass; a man w/a beard wearing jeans & a long-sleeved shirt holds a guitar vertically in front of him by its neck; a young woman wearing a hat & vest holds her banjo resting its head on the ground. Trees behind them.

The Bluegrass Situation and PineCone Present the Second Annual “Shout and Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass”

PineCone is teaming up with The Bluegrass Situation this year to sponsor the second annual "Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass" showcase during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass business conference. The showcase will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. at The Pour House Music Hall in downtown Raleigh.

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