The Carolina PineCones

…Are a youth bluegrass band (ages 15-17) based in Raleigh, NC who perform in the Triangle area and all across the state.
Jessica Lang (guitar), Sam Stage (fiddle), Aidan Buehler (mandolin), Anthony DeCesaris (banjo), and mentor Jef Walter (bass) met through the summer bluegrass camps and year-round youth jams offered by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.
The Carolina PineCones have performed all over the state, including at the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass festival, the Carolina in the Fall festival, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, Motorco Music Hall, Muddy Creek Music Hall, The Pour House Music Hall and many more venues. We hope to see you soon at an upcoming performance!
The band members are true youth ambassadors for bluegrass, sharing their passion for the music with audiences of all ages and demonstrating what the next generation of bluegrass musicians has to offer. The Carolina PineCones recently completed their first recording project and are excited to have released their debut album in September 2018! 

Performance Schedule

Sep 22, 2018


Carolina in the Fall Festival
Wilkesboro, NC
1:00 PM


Sep 27, 2018


IBMA Bluegrass Ramble
Raleigh, NC
9:00 PM


Sep 29, 2018


IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass
Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, Hargett Street Stage
Raleigh, NC
12:30 PM        Free!


Sep 29, 2018


IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass
Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, JAM Stage
Raleigh, NC
5:00 PM        Free!


Oct 13, 2018


Shallowford Bluegrass Festival
Lewisville, NC


Nov 13, 2018


Fletcher Theater
The Carolina PineCones help celebrate PineCone and the other recipients of the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts!
Raleigh, NC
6:00 PM reception, 7:00 PM presentation/performances


Nov 16, 2018


Lorraine’s Coffeehouse
Opening for Larry Stephenson
Garner, NC
7:30 PM


Mar 2, 2019


R.A. Fountain General Store
Fountain, NC
7:30 PM    Free!











For more information about The Carolina PineCones, please contact band coach Jef Walter at or 919-259-4463.