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, a new music venue/cafe/gallery space in downtown Raleigh.

Musicians seated in a circle in folding chairs in Imurj. Participants play instruments including guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Background: vinyl records cover one wall; the cafe menu is on the blackboard behind a refrigerator case, and 2 onlookers sit at the bar counter.

PineCone Bluegrass Camp Alumni Sweep Shakori Hills Instrument Contests

PineCone Bluegrass Summer Camp Alumni Jessica Lang, Chloe Lang and Sam Stage swept the 2017 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance Grassroots Guitar, Mandolin, and Fiddle competitions.

A Celebration of Bluegrass: Zoe & Cloyd with PineCone Bluegrass Camp Students

A Celebration of Bluegrass has become a favorite annual summer tradition in Cary. Students from PineCone's and the Town of Cary's Bluegrass Camps for Youth take center stage at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center to demonstrate what they've learned in a week of camps, and their performance is followed by a performance from another North Carolina band.

Promotional photo of Zoe & Cloyd: John Cloyd Miller with guitar and Natalya Zoe Weinstein on fiddle, sharing an old-style microphone.

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

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.

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

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

The PineCone Bluegrass Jam has moved! On the fourth Monday of this month, check out IMURJ, the new venue hosting the monthly PineCone Bluegrass Jam. IMURJ is a new music venue/cafe/gallery space in downtown Raleigh.

Musicians seated in a circle in folding chairs in IMURJ, the new host venue for the PineCone Bluegrass Jam.

Carolina PineCones to Perform at 2017 Shakori Hills Festival

On Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., the Carolina PineCones will host a bluegrass jam on the Front Porch Stage, and on Saturday, May 6, at 2:15 p.m., they'll perform a set on the Cabaret Stage.

PineCone Youth Jam with Jef Walter & Charles Pettee

Make plans to join in for the last youth jam before PineCone's Bluegrass Camps for Youth begin in June! This month, Jef Walter will be joined by guitar and mandolin player and PineCone Bluegrass Camp instructor Charles Pettee; this month's featured song is "Mama Don't Allow" in the key of G. In “Mama Don’t Allow” (AKA “Mama Don’t ‘Low), each player takes a solo after the verse in which his or her instrument is sung about.

A group of 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.

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