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MACA Presents Grammy Winners the Carolina Chocolate Drops

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments

The sounds of guitars, banjos, fiddles, jugs, kazoos, and a human beatbox will echo off the Hiwassee knobs when the Carolina Chocolate Drops open the 2012 portion of The Monroe Area Council for the Arts’ performance season in Hiwassee College’s Butcher Auditorium on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are winners of the 2011 Grammy for Best American Traditional Folk album. Formed in 2005 during jam sessions in the home of legendary old-time fiddler Joe Thompson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have mined the past for both material and style, and yet have kept an open mind about music. “We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians,” a spokesperson says. In addition to founding members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, new members Hubby Jenkins and Adam Matta point to the broadening possibilities of the band’s music and performances, proving they are very much in the here and now.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops were the first black string band to play at the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets are $20 ($18/advance) for adults and $10 for students. Advance tickets are available at all Citizens National Banks in Monroe County, online at www.monroearts.com, or call (423) 442-3210.

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