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21 Days of Local Arts – PineCone Preserves the Traditional Arts

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.


The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, otherwise known as PineCone, was formed in 1984 to honor the traditional music heritage of North Carolina. This Triangle-based thirty year old non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting traditional forms of music, dance, and other folk performing arts in our state. Through presenting concerts, jam sessions, a weekly bluegrass radio show on 94.7-FM WQDR and bluegrass camps for youth, PineCone raises the visibility of Piedmont music and musicians, not just for our enjoyment, but also to improve the livelihoods of working artists.

You may equate “traditional” music with Bluegrass. That’s just one of the musical styles that PineCone supports. A quick review of their upcoming events reveals performances that include blues musicians as well as Irish music performers. But Bluegrass is a big part of the PineCone agenda. They’ve partnered with sponsors to present the free monthly Midtown Bluegrass Series at North Hills. Starting in June, Pickin’ in the Plaza kicks off in downtown Raleigh, alternating Thursdays with the Oak City 7 concert series.

PineCone likes to keep the spirit of Bluegrass young too. They’ve even got their own band camp of sorts. The PineCone Bluegrass Camps for Youth (in partnership with the Town of Cary) are led by veteran musicians who teach the young musicians bluegrass music as well as collaboration and listening skills. Yes, if PineCone has anything to do with it traditional music will live forever in North Carolina.

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