PineCone Bluegrass Jam

If it's the fourth Monday of the month, it's time to grab your instrument and head to the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at IMURJ in downtown Raleigh.

Some musicians gathered in a circle at the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at Imurj in June 2017. Fiddle players, guitar players, a dobro player, mandolin players, and upright bass player share a tune.

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.

PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

The PineCone Bluegrass learning jam at Harry’s Guitar Shop on the third Wednesday of the month 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 and other groups, will once again facilitate this month's jam to assist jam participants who want to learn basic jam etiquette before jumping into a traditional 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 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.

Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam

The combined bluegrass/Americana/old time jam in Carrboro continues to draw a good crowd of musicians together on the second Monday of each month. 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 meets monthly, and Speakeasy has space in case musicians want to break out into different groups over the course of the evening. We hope that this combined jam will also provide opportunities for musicians to learn about the similarities between these overlapping styles.

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..

Diali Cissokho & Austin McCall

The music of Senegal and Saxapahaw come together for one night only in Wake Forest: Diali Cissokho and Austin McCall bring you music to dance to this summer! A renowned korist and percussionist from Senegal, Diali Cissokho moved to the U.S. after years of performing and teaching in Senegal and in Europe. Born into a rich ancestry of Manding griots (the musician caste), Diali has been playing traditional West African music for as long as he can remember.

Left: Diali Cissokho outdoors, playing kora, a 21-string West African instrument; he is looking down at the instrument in front of him as he plays. Right: Austin McCall playing a drum set outdoors while looking up; his long, curly hair is loose and flowing.

PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

The PineCone Bluegrass learning jam at Harry’s Guitar Shop on the third Wednesday of the month is specifically for those who are learning the basics of bluegrass music and playing with other musicians, and it is open to all ages.

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

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 meets monthly, and Speakeasy has space in case musicians want to break out into different groups over the course of the evening. We hope that this combined jam will also provide opportunities for musicians to learn about the similarities between these overlapping styles.

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..

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.

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