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CapLive: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Capitol Theatre

Thu, April 17, 2014
Tickets: $26
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NOW you can pre-party in the Strand-Capitol lobby! See below for Pre-Show Party details!

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CapLive presents..

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Special Guest: Grace & Tony


Back by popular demand!

In early 2012, Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops released their studio album Leaving Eden (Nonesuch Records) produced by Buddy Miller. The traditional African-American string band’s album was recorded in Nashville and featured founding members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, along with multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and cellist Leyla McCalla, already a familiar presence at the group’s live shows. With Flemons and McCalla now concentrating on solo work, the group’s 2014 lineup will feature two more virtuosic players alongside Giddens and Jenkins—cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett—illustrating the expansive, continually exploratory nature of the Chocolate Drops’ music. Expect a new disc from this quartet in 2015.

The Chocolate Drops got their start in 2005 with Giddens, Flemons and fiddle player Justin Robinson, who amicably left the group in 2011. The Durham, North Carolina – based trio would travel every Thursday night to the home of old-time fiddler and songster Joe Thompson to learn tunes, listen to stories and, most importantly, to jam. Joe was in his 80s, a black fiddler with a short bowing style that he inherited from generations of family musicians. Now he was passing those same lessons onto a new generation. When the three students decided to form a band, they didn’t have big plans. It was mostly a tribute to Joe, a chance to bring his music back out of the house again and into dancehalls and public places.

With their 2010 Nonesuch Records debut, 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. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.”

Rolling Stone described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.” If you ask the band, that is what matters most. Yes, banjos and black string musicians first got here on slave ships, but now this is everyone’s music. It’s okay to mix it up and go where the spirit moves.


Check it out! Carolina Chocolate Drops singing “Country Girl”



Special Guest: Gracy & Tony


She played bluegrass. He played punk… When Grace and Tony White met, they fell in love and the music just followed after.  Exposed to music early on in their lives by family (Grace’s liked the Southern styles from gospel all the way to rock, while Tony learned from his brother, John Paul White of The Civil Wars fame), Grace and Tony experimented with an unlikely blend of genres by mixing punk, folk, bluegrass, and Texas swing, to create something new:  “Punkgrass” was born.

“Punkgrass is simply a natural fusion of my punk rock background and Grace’s southern gospel and bluegrass upbringing,” stated Tony. “It isn’t forced, it’s very organic and it stands out because it’s a real fusion of what’s new and old. We play whatever pops into our heads; from classic rock to southern gospel, we scratch every itch. It’s dark, yet happy; silly, yet serious. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun to play.”

This husband and wife duo’s latest album, November, was released in 2013, and follows their acoustic EP Inside a 7-Track Mind.


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NOW you can pre-party in the Strand-Capitol Lobby!


WHEN:  Thursday, April 17, 6:00-7:30pm

WHERE:   Strand-Capitol Lobby


Join us BEFORE the show to get the party started!

  • Food Trucks
  • Music
  • Ping Pong
  • Cornhole
  • Cash Bar
  • Plus, a lobby full of CapLive music fans … now, that’s a good time!


There is NO additional cost to come early for the Pre-Show Party.

Food Trucks: Taco Camino and Baron Von Schwein



Taco Camino serves the best tacos in town! If you haven’t tried Taco Camino tacos, then you haven’t had real tacos … ever.




Baron Von Schwein, AKA Master of Pigs, is all about the pork! Straight off the food truck, you’ll enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, sweet or spicy pork buns, mac and cheese (Grandma’s recipe, seriously), pork bowls, baked corn and signature sodas!



Music: Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band

Known worldwide as the King of the Cigar Box Guitar, Shane Speal performs a gritty blues/rock show with handmade and hack-wired instruments made from recycled junk.    His repertoire is a mix of crankin’ originals and songs from blues masters who started on cigar box guitars. It’s a wild ride of roots, rock and history.  He is joined by The Snake Oil Band, his rocking jug rock band, featuring washboards, harmonicas and an electric washtub bass.
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