Cool DC Events: Carolina Chocolate Drops at 9:30 Club, TONIGHT

Hey readers! Got a taste for traditional folk? Heard of Carolina Chocolate Drops? If you answered yes to the first question, I sure hope you had the same answer for #2.

Originally a duo and now a four-piece, Carolina Chocolate Drops made their name in 2010 with the Grammy-winning Genuine Negro Jig, an album which conjured the sounds of African-American folk music from the ’20s and ’30s with renewed vigor. Their last album, 2012’s Leaving Eden, showed them expanding their sound with added members.

Anyways, CCD are coming to the 9:30 Club tonight as part of their current tour, drumming up anticipation for a possible upcoming album in 2015. The lineup now includes original members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Fleming, who alternate vocals, banjo and fiddle, as well as multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett and cellist Malcolm Parson. Their music is based around the banjo and fiddle, including strains of jazz and blues along with more traditional folk elements.

Opening acts are Birds of Chicago, a rootsy band that combines folk with gospel, soul and doo-wop, and David Wax Museum, who “fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock”. This is sure to be a night bursting with many musical traditions; don’t miss out!

Here’s the event page:

Oh, and P.S. come check out our copy of Genuine Negro Jig if you want to catch up before the show!