Tickets are still available for this event; please buy them at the show tonight when you arrive.
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS
Festival darlings the Carolina Chocolate Drops are coming into their own and fresh
from a tour of Europe, we are pleased to have them return to Neighborhood Theatre.
Durham black string and folk resurrectionists the Carolina Chocolate
Drops recently released their third studio album Genuine Negro Jig,
their first with a major studio, and are enjoying more than a major
regional following, but a burgeoning international following.
Carolina Chocolate Drops Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig, is more revelation than revival. The old-time music that this trio of African-American musicians has been exploring for the last four yearswith banjo, fiddle, guitar, snare, kazoo, jugs, and bonesoffers pleasures both immediate and deep. Trouble In Your Mind and live-show favorite Cornbread and Butterbeans insist upon foot-tapping, if not a whirl around the closest dance floor, while others, like the brooding Kissin and Cussin and the more sensual Why Dont You Do Right?, invite comfortably seated rumination. But these generations-old songs, performed with both faithfulness and modernity, also represent a significant yet near-forgotten part of American musical history.
The black string band and jug band traditions that were popular in the Carolinas in the 1920s and 1930s were probably doomed to oblivion until revivalists Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson met at a banjo convention in 2005. This album is produced by Joe Henry and blends traditional tunes, originals and old-time sounding covers of contemporary songs, including Blu Cantrells Hit Em Up Style. The urge to dance is almost irresistible. ~ Jerry Shriver, USA Today