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Charles Pettee- Hear the Sound of NC Bluegrass Music!

About the Artist

Charles Pettee, (pronounced “Petty”), has delighted audiences with a tasty blend of original and traditional music seasoned at more than 5,500 performances throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. He is a founding member of the world-traveling Shady Grove Band, and has already completed his thirteenth full length CD/album. His original songs have received airplay worldwide. His love and mastery of southern string music have made him a sought-after performer in educational settings for over twenty years. He currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and two boys.

Kids will laugh, clap, and sing with a variety of traditional songs, as well as meet the banjo, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica in the interactive program “Catch the Bluegrass Bug” (preK-2 family shows, libraries). NC and US history come to life for older kids (formats for both grades 3-5 & 6-8) wih an age-appropriate tapestry of music styles from the 1800s to Blues, Bluegrass, and early Rock, in the interactive “Bluegrass Stomp” performance. All of Mr. Pettee’s educational shows align with NC Essential Standards in Music and Social Studies.

Grade LevelsK-12
Maximums600 Students, 50 minutes, 3/day
Special Populations

Hearing and seeing imparied, physically and mentally disabled

Technical Requirements

Artist provides sound equipment. 1 1/2 hour set-up time prior to first presentation

Total Fee1 performance- $550 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $880
School Portion1 performance- $275 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $440

With classroom sessions full of clapping and singing, plus a different focus instrument for each day, students will learn about different types of folk music, the influences of historic and modern cultures, the science of sound, and even write their own folk song (5-day residency only), in Mr Pettee’s three to five day residency “Hear the Sound: Digging for the Roots of Bluegrass.” The five day residency also features an assembly performance for the whole school in which the students present their original song to the school!

Grade Levels2-5
Maximums50, 50 minutes, 5/day
Special Populations

Visually impaired

Total Fee$450 per day
School Portion$150 per day

Mr. Pettee will gladly come to any classroom either before or after an assembly performance to go deeper with program content, sing together, and let the students share thoughts while experiencing the instruments up close.

Grade LevelsK-12
Maximums50 Students, 50 minutes, 2/day
Special Populations

Visually impaired

Total Fee$166 (with performance only)
School Portion$83 (with performance only)


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