Carolina Chocolate Drops to Perform at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2011

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room. Carolina Chocolate Drops plays the sound of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, a sound in which the lead melodic instrument is the banjo, played by Rhiannon Giddens.

The fiddle, which often serves as lead in Appalachian music, follows the banjo. The spare but often propulsive sound is embellished by a variety of percussive instrumentation – “the insanity factor,” as singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons calls it – the jugs and bones and even the human beat-boxing of vocalist-fiddle player Justin Robinson.

Their repertoire is centered around the traditional music of the early twentieth century but also includes more contemporary interpretations and original material. As Robinson says, “Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.”

Their album, Genuine Negro Jig, was recently nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.

American Songbook will be presented in the spectacular Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Allen Room possesses one of New York’s greatest settings – a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

Recordings available:

Tickets can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.

February 2, 2011
8:30 pm
Lincoln Center
The Allen Room
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street
More at www.LincolnCenter.org

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