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).


Dom Flemons, with Kaia Kater and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Dom FlemonsKaia Kater, and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton share the stage for one night only, spotlighting the African roots of the banjo and the impact that the instrument continues to have in old-time, blues, bluegrass, and other music traditions. Each artist will perform a short solo set before they all come together, with Flemons acting as emcee and interviewer, providing the audience with insights beyond the music through conversations with Kater and Paxton. 

Promotional photos: Dom Flemons holds his banjo in his lap, seated in a room with wood floor, Kaia Kater stands with her back to the camera and the head of her banjo facing the camera while strapped to her back, the neck of her banjo points right, and she looks over her right shoulder; Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton sits outside holding his banjo in playing position: right hand on the banjo face, left hand on the neck.


In 2016, Sierra Hull became the first woman to earn the International Bluegrass Music Association's Mandolin Player of the Year award. Her breakout album Weighted Mind, produced by Bela Fleck, is nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Folk Album category for 2017. This album features the young mandolin virtuoso coming into her own as a singer-songwriter. Hull first joined Alison Krauss on stage at the Grand Ole Opry when she was just 11 years old, and she has been astonishing audiences and fellow musicians alike ever since.

Sierra Hull promo photo - Sierra Hull stands outside a house, wearing a hat and dress and holding a mandolin.

Billy Strings

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!” In 2016, he earned the International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award for his guitar playing, and that's just one of many accolades

Billy Strings holds his guitar by its body near his head in his right hand, and the guitar neck points down across the right side of his body; his left arm is raised, elbow bent pointing toward the viewer, and he looks to his left.

Mountain Faith

North Carolina’s own Mountain Faith earned IBMA's 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year title in September! They have played their unique brand of music since 2000. Their fresh Appalachian take on gospel, bluegrass, folk, R&B, and pop music has earned them televised appearances on Daystar and the 2015 season of America’s Got Talent, where their cover of the song “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic helped propel them all the way to the show’s semifinal found.

Promotional photo of Mountain Faith - 6 men and 1 woman standing outside on a town sidwalk, 3 men on each side of Summer McMahan, under a sign for Eric's Fresh Fish Market.

Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, an insightful songwriter, and a singular vocalist who has been described by The New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” Undercurrent, her fourth Sugar Hill album, is her first release since graduating with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and relocating to New York City, and it has earned her two GRAMMYS earlier this year

Promotional photo of Sarah Jarosz; she is shown from the waist up, standing beside a door.
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