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PineCone Summer Series at Sertoma — May 16 & June 2

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Chatham County Line; Photo Credit: Kirk Johnson

DATE: May 16 & June 20, 2009. Performances 3-5 p.m.
VENUE: Sertoma Amphitheater at Bond Park, Cary, NC
ADMISSION: FREE
EVENT SPONSORS: PineCone and the Town of Cary
INFORMATION: www.pinecone.org, (919) 664-8333

Cary, N.C. – PineCone announces the move of its free summer concert series from Lake Benson Park in Garner to the Sertoma Amphitheater in Cary’s Bond Park.

The next concert on the lineup will be on June 20 with John Dee Holeman, another North Carolina native. Born in Orange County, North Carolina in 1929, Holeman grew up on a small farm and began playing the blues at the age of 14. Though he never met Blind Boy Fuller, Holeman credits Fuller with teaching him to play guitar. He says he learned to play by listening to Fuller's records and by playing with musicians who had learned directly from Fuller. Holeman uses both the Piedmont and Texas guitar styles in his playing.

The next concert on the lineup will be on June 20 with John Dee Holeman, another North Carolina native. Born in Orange County, North Carolina in 1929, Holeman grew up on a small farm and began playing the blues at the age of 14. Though he never met Blind Boy Fuller, Holeman credits Fuller with teaching him to play guitar. He says he learned to play by listening to Fuller's records and by playing with musicians who had learned directly from Fuller. Holeman uses both the Piedmont and Texas guitar styles in his playing.

After more than 10 years of presenting a series of outdoor concerts that were free and open to the public at Garner’s Lake Benson Park, the Garner Parks and Recreation Department decided not to renew its contract with PineCone to co-produce these programs.

“PineCone is committed to continuing its free summer events,” said William Lewis, Executive Director of PineCone, “and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with the Town of Cary to maintain these programs for the community.”

The series will kick off on Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m. with a performance by Chatham County Line, and it will continue on June 20 with National Heritage Fellowship recipient and Durham bluesman John Dee Holeman, who celebrates his 80th birthday this spring.

After Garner informed PineCone of their decision not to continue the partnership, Lewis proposed the series to the Town of Cary’s Cultural Arts Division, where it was met with enthusiasm.

Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager for the Town of Cary, said, “We are excited to partner with PineCone to showcase the best in traditional music in a beautiful natural setting. Together we are able to ensure that Cary citizens and indeed the entire Triangle will be able to continue to enjoy great music.”

Formed in Raleigh 10 years ago, the home-grown Chatham County Line has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe, winning awards in the bluegrass world and the singer-songwriter world. Dave Wilson, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, does most of the group’s songwriting. John Teer (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, back-up vocals), Chandler Holt (banjo, dobro, guitar), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel guitar, back-up vocals) provide the foundation for Wilson’s creations while adding harmony and texture that make the music shine.

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