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 release their debut album in September 2018! 

Performance Schedule

June 1, 2018


Motorco Music Hall
Durham, NC
8:00 PM  Opening for Darin and Brooke Aldridge 


June 12, 2018


Beer & Banjos at The Raleigh Times
Raleigh, NC
7:30 PM  With Hank Smith and the Beer & Banjos All-Stars    Free! 


Aug 26, 2018


Barber Park
High Lonesome Strings
Greensboro, NC 


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 











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