Saturday, April 20, 2024, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. performance
Tickets: MOHA/museum members $12; general admission $15
Join us for Tar Heel Troubadours, a celebration of Americana, roots, bluegrass, and traditional music performed by artists from or living and working in North Carolina.
A music performance at the North Carolina Museum of History is unlike any other! You’ll enjoy an intimate experience with an artist in our 300-seat venue. Every seat in the house has a fantastic view, and the sound is exceptional. The evening is complete with merchandise available from the artist and a bar with a special beer from Fullsteam Brewery plus wine.
Our Tar Heel Troubadours series works to keep music accessible to our community by keeping ticket prices affordable. There are nine concerts in total for this series, including Jim Lauderdale, Fireside Collective, Dawn Landes, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road, Blue Cactus, Paige King Johnson, the Blue Ridge Girls, and more. Visit the museum’s website for up-to-date information and tickets.
A quintet who cheerfully disregards every kind of one-dimensional label that might be attached to its music, Fireside Collective has been on a roll since emerging seven years ago from the fertile roots music scene of Asheville. In quick order, the progressive bluegrass group released its debut album, won the 2016 Band Contest at MerleFest, earned an International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Band of the Year nomination, and embarked on an ambitious touring schedule that’s earned an enthusiastic reception from traditional bluegrass to wide-ranging, eclectic music festival audiences alike.
Blending the characteristic interplay of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies with strong original material and exuberant energy, Fireside Collective has drawn on folk, blues, funk, and a wide variety of bluegrass sounds to create a distinctive body of work that’s all its own.
Each member—Joe Cicero (guitar), Alex Genova (banjo), Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin), Tommy Maher (resonator guitar), and Carson White (upright bass)—brings a strong, original voice to his instrument. The unique contributions of different lead and harmony vocalists complement the variety in the group’s many original songs.
“Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional or, on the other hand, consider us a progressive act,” says Iaquinto. “We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” But whether it’s bringing the classic sound of bluegrass or exploring new musical territory, Fireside Collective delivers a fresh, energetic approach and a blast of enthusiastic creativity that’s electrifying audiences across the country.