MUSIC

Carolina Chocolate Drops in Concert!

Posted March 13, 2013, at 4:35 p.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME

For more information: Box Office; 207-594-0070; rocklandstrand.com/event/carolina-chocolate-drops-live-concert

Grammy Award winners with modern take on a traditional sound.

With their 2010 album, “Genuine Negro Jig” —which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound.

Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago.

The virtuosic trio’s approach was provocative and revelatory. Their concerts, The New York Times declared, were “an end-to-end display of excellence… They dip into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward.

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