Monday, April 11, 2011

Chocolate Drops Hit Florida, Tropical Heatwave

Unbelievably cool band and NPR favorite, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, are headed to the Sunshine State next month for stops in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando before helping headline WMNF's 30th Tropical Heatwave extravaganza.

The truly eclectic Chocolate Drops play traditional, black banjo/fiddle music with a definitive modern twist.  The result is damn near magic.  The Boone, North Carolina trio update traditional music with soul, blues, and, at times, a beatbox. Fiddle Rhiannon Giddens, classically trained in opera, touches your soul whenever she sings.  

The trio plays the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on May 11th.  The next night, they head to Mickey City to rock The Plaza Theater.

On Saturday, May 14, the Drops will help headline perhaps the best Tropical Heatwave lineup evah in Tampa for the legendary WMNF community radio station.   The Carolina Chocolate Drops open up for Cracker (?!?!?!!!!) at the El Pasaje Plaza.  After Hours' heroes, Lauris Vidal and The Whigs, also help round out a solid lineup of great music of a warm, Florida night.

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