Open Dance with Dwight Hawkins & the Piedmont Highballers

  • Dates: September 28, 2018
  • Venue: Dance Tent
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 10 W South S, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
  • Admission: Free


Dwight Hawkins & The Piedmont Highballers are a Raleigh-based band specializing in playing pre-war stringband music. All of the band members are talented multi-instrumentalists: Hawkins plays guitar, mandolin, saw, tenor banjo, and "dem bones." Kevin Burnet plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Jeremy Marcotte plays banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Turner Brandon can hold down the howlin' harmonica, keys, and melodica. Andrew Berger-Gross rounds out the band with mandolin. Hawkins has traveled the country playing this music, performing in streets with pickup bands, and even playing shows with the likes of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Hackensaw Boys at events like MerleFest and FloydFest. Just as often, he can be found busking in Raleigh. He’s also the founder of Musical Hardware, a program that teaches schoolchildren about the accessibility of music. Hawkins wants kids to know they don’t have to read sheet music to understand it, and he shows them how to do things like make instruments out of metal or buckets. Hawkins was profiled in Walter Magazine in 2015.