Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kaia Kater, and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton share the stage for one night only, spotlighting the African roots of the banjo and the impact that the instrument continues to have in old-time, blues, bluegrass, and other music traditions. Each artist will perform a short solo set before they all come together, with Flemons acting as emcee and interviewer, providing the audience with insights beyond the music through conversations with Kater and Paxton. https://www.pinecone.org/events/dom-flemons-kaia-kater-and-jerron-blind-boy-paxton
Past and present Carolina Chocolate Drops with the music supervisor of the CMT TV show, Nashville. The 'Nashville Chocolate Drops' had their debut last night, catch it on Hulu! Continuing the mission...seeing all those eager young children (they weren't actors!) took me back to all the school shows the CCDs used to do...proud of the work Justin Robinson, myself, Dom Flemons, Hubby Jenkins and all members of the Chocolate Drop family have done and continue to do to educate about the banjo and black string band music.
Hubby Jenkins and I will be teaching a class on Black String Band music at Old-Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia all next week - check it out! It's not too late to register! --Rhiannon https://augustaheritagecenter.org/
A good time to remember that today is Juneteenth- when everyone finally knew American chattel slavery was over. http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/juneteenth-birth-african-american-holiday http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/juneteenth-birth-african-american-holiday
Founding Chocolate Drop @DomFlemons has some great shows this summer! Head over to his website for more details - http://bit.ly/1GwGHX1 6/17 - Music in the Gardens - Durham, NC 6/20 - Clearwater Festival - Croton-On-Hudson, NY 6/24 - Thalia Mara Hall - Jackson, MS w/ Old Crow Medicine Show 7/4 - The Foundry - Athens, GA 7/11 - PS21 - Chatham, NY 7/16 - Bates College - Lewiston, ME 7/22 - The Hamilton w/ Dust Bowl Revival - Washington, DC 7/23 - Door Community Auditorium w/ The Steel Wheels - Fish Creek, WI 7/25 - Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI 7/26 - Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI 8/1 - Pickathon - Happy Valley, OR 8/2 - Pickathon - Happy Valley, OR 8/12 - Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MA 8/22 - OK Theater - Enterprise, OR 8/29 - Doctorow Center for the Arts - Hunter, NY
These ladies are killing it. Anyone who says the young folk don't get it…well, they haven't met the right ones. --RG http://www.npr.org/event/music/412234064/anna-elizabeth-tiny-desk-concert
http://bit.ly/1IYK8WZ Hey CCD fans! Co-Founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Dom Flemons is giving away his latest album, "Prospect Hill" for a limited time. Be sure to give it a listen!
Watch Rhiannon on The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family on PBS on Friday, May 22nd at 9pm EST. To learn more, please click here: http://www.pbs.org/program/lincoln-awards/