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    Carolina Chocolate Drops

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    February 10, 2011


    Carolina Chocolate Drops

    The Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose latest album, “Genuine Negro Jig,” is up for a Grammy award, will perform in Bryant University’s Janikies Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2011, as part of the President’s Cultural Series and the University’s Black History Month schedule of events. The Drops have been acclaimed around the world for their energetic, modern interpretations of the near-forgotten music of African-American string bands. Performing on banjo, fiddle, guitar and a variety of percussion instruments, the virtuosic trio – classically trained Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, and singer-songwriter Dom Flemons – have played to sold-out crowds of enthusiastic fans around the world. They have also appeared at the Kennedy Center and on Prairie Home Companion, and were the first black string band to play the Grand Ole Opry. They were handpicked by Denzel Washington to be featured in his film The Great Debaters. Rolling Stone Magazine describes the Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance-electricity.” NPR recently listed “Genuine Negro Jig” among the 50 best albums of 2010. Reviewers have praised the recording for its genre-busting interpretation of music “reclaimed from the unsung black musicians who, from the pre-Civil War south to the mid-20th Century, composed, performed, and passed on songs such as these, from parent to child, neighbor to neighbor.”

    Bryant University

    1150 Douglas Pike
    Smithfield, RI 02917

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    Admission Info:

    Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for Bryant alumni if purchased in advance ($15 on concert night). To reserve tickets, telephone the RSVP line at 401-531-6661.

    General Day and Time Info:

    7:30 p.m.

    Phone: 401-531-6661

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