Carolina Chocolate Drops – Great Musical ZooTunes evening

Last week K and I got to hear a Grammy winning group, Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old time string band from North Carolina.  This band started as a three-member band,
with Rhiannon Giddens (banjo, vocals, fiddle, kazoo), Dom Flemons (banjo,
guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, bones, quills) and Justin Robinson.
But Justin is back at school, and earlier this year the group added beatbox phenom
Adam Matta (also tambourine) and Hubby Jenkins (guitar, banjo, bones). The group learnt from a lot from fiddler Joe Thompson, and when they sing they mention whom and where they learnt the pieces from, which adds color to the pieces.  Sxip Shirey and Sarah Alden (from the Luminescent Orchestrii)  joined them for a couple of lively pieces.

Carolina Chocolate Drops playing at ZooTunes, Seattle

Carolina Chocolate Drops playing at ZooTunes, Seattle

Great musicians,  good choices of songs including lively sing-alongs, a lovely evening at the Woodland Park Zoo grounds, with little children happily wandering about, a picnic dinner and K beside me  – what more could anyone ask for?

Check out the group’s site , a lyrical review  in the Seattle Times and a sample of their work where Adam Matta does a beatbox trumpet as well as percussion.


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