Carolina Chocolate Drops Return to McCelvey

February 24, 2014
Contact: Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator

Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops return to the McCelvey Center on Mar.7

YORK, SC – Tapping into the black string-band music tradition, the Carolina Chocolate Drops will be sharing flatfoot dancing, jug-blowing standards along with original compositions and more for an intimate evening at the McCelvey Center. The African American influence on the traditional music of the Piedmont was determinedly crafted into the band’s “Genuine Negro Jig,” which won a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops began in 2005 as a trio of youngsters in Durham, NC, who sought out the company of old-time fiddler and songster Joe Thompson. Offering up a rich reservoir of traditional African American music that predates the blues, Thompson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Heritage Fellowship, was taught by his father, who was taught by his father, a slave. As protégés of the legendary Joe Thompson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have synthesized Americana roots music into their own refreshing interpretations and unique sound.

Not bound by genres or traditions, The Carolina Chocolate Drops offer an array of both legendary and modern sounds. The band’s co-founder, Rhiannon Giddens, plays banjo and fiddle, and is quickly gaining recognition as a showstopper with her powerhouse voice. Giddens attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the music school at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she performed as a lyric coloratura soprano.

The McCelvey Center is located on 212 East Jefferson Street York, SC 29745

TICKETS: $20 CHM Members, $25 General Admission

For tickets, call 803.909.7313 or 803.909.7488

The 2014 Southern Sound Series is presented by the Friends of McCelvey in the McCelvey Center’s  Lowry Family Theater. Noted for its remarkable acoustics, the historic theater seats over 500 guests and has a lovely 1920s ambiance.  Culture and Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County, SC, which includes the McCelvey Center, Historic Brattonsville, Main Street Children’s Museum, and The Museum of York County.