Down Home Concerts

PineCone's Down Home Concerts celebrate how music crosses cultures and borders while also acknowledging North Carolina's unique cultural heritage.

These concerts showcase artists from around the state, nation, and globe whose music finds connection and expression here. Since 2005, PineCone has been a resident company at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, alongside the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet, and North Carolina Theatre. Down Home Concerts primarily take place in Fletcher Theater (600 seats), and we occasionally utilize Meymandi Concert Hall (1600 seats) and Memorial Auditorium (2200 seats).


 

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Blues artist Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has WOWED the crowds in Raleigh and beyond with his humor and storytelling. From the streets of the Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest to the intimacy of Fletcher Theater, his performances are memorable and mesmerizing. This year, he’ll perform a full evening concert as part of the Down Home Series! Paxton is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who transforms traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country music into the here and now. He is still in his 20s, and he is often described as a young man with an old soul.

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton playing banjo beside a tree. He is wearing a hat, a jacket and button-down shirt, and he has a bright smile.

Molly Tuttle

In 2017, Molly Tuttle made IBMA history by becoming the first woman to earn the Guitar Player of the Year title! She was also the first woman to be nominated in the Guitar Player of the Year category. Earlier this year, Whippoorwill Arts/FreshGrass Artist Foundation announced that Tuttle is one of two grant recipients. This award celebrates musical accomplishments, extraordinary talent, community spirit, and creative souls.

Molly Tuttle - a young woman with light skin, shoulder length brown hair, wearing a jean jacket and dark shirt, with a guitar neck to her right.

Rhiannon Giddens

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. In 2016, she earned the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and in 2017 she released Freedom Highway (follow-up to her acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated solo album Tomorrow Is My Turn); had a recurring role on the CMT show Nashville; delivered a spellbinding keynote at the International Bluegrass Music Association business conference; and earned a MacArthur Genius Grant.

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Rhiannon Giddens, wearing all black (slacks, top, and jacket) standing alone on a dirt road with a cloudy sky above and behind her and tall grasses on either side; a tree is also visible in the distance.

2018 North Carolina Heritage Awards Ceremony

The 2018 North Carolina Arts Council Heritage Award recipients are:

2016 NC Heritage Award honorees on stage together at the end of the most recent NC Heritage Awards Ceremony in Fletcher Theater.
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