The North Carolina Museum of Art

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Saturday, August 9 | 8:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)
$45 ($40 Members) Reserved
$29 ($24 Members) General admission
$14.50 Youth 7–18, General admission only
Children 6 and under free, General admission only
Dancing permitted in front of stage.

Last time the Carolina Chocolate Drops were scheduled to play the NCMA, Hurricane Irene rudely pre-empted their appearance. We welcome them back with new additions to the lineup and more dazzling accomplishments to their credit. The band’s critical standing has never been higher. The Guardian proclaims them “the most electrifying acoustic act around,” while the New York Times extols “the end-to-end display of excellence” of their concert performances.

Inspired by old-time African American stringband music of the Carolina Piedmont, the Chocolate Drops have tapped into the rich array of musical styles—blues, jazz, fife and drum, and jug-band music—that flowed from the American South in the first half of the 20th century and underpinned most forms of popular music that followed, including rock and roll.

But don’t assume the band is all about the past. The ensemble is constantly evolving and experimenting. Cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett join Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins to add fresh energy and excitement for their NCMA outing.

Already Grammy-winning recording artists, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have attracted some of the best producers in the business to their projects, including Nashville’s Buddy Miller and the great T-Bone Burnett, who featured Rhiannon in the all-star musical special Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, which recently aired on Showtime.

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