City Planner: Weekend Edition (11/11-12)

Carolina Chocolate Drops @ the Cedar


this weekend's A-List

: "First, let's dispel a few stereotypes. Yes, the

Carolina Chocolate Drops

are African Americans playing old-time banjo and fiddle music generally thought to be the province of white Appalachians. No, they are not a curio novelty act for that reason. In fact, the Chocolate Drops continue a spirited, if long-languished, tradition of black string music that arose out of square-dancing 'frolics,' house parties, funerals, and baby christenings in the early 20th century. Named in honor of the once-renowned Tennessee Chocolate Drops, they have studied and played with 80-something Piedmont fiddler Joe Thompson and will perform at the Cedar as part of a benefit for the documentary film

Black String Revival

. But no, they are not stuck-in-Carolina-mud academics who confuse preservation with embalming. On the basis of their unceasingly spry debut disc,

Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind

, even the hoary rebel anthem 'Dixie' is fair game for their flexible, string-driven braid. CCD are worth the relatively small cover charge for Rhiannon Giddens alone, a Piedmont native, Oberlin Conservatory grad, and potent double threat on banjo and vocals."

$10/$12 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.



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Decemberists @ First Ave Rise Against @ Myth Lloyd Cole @ Fine Line Anytown (closing) @ Southern Merchant of Venice (closing) @ MN Opera Center Action Against Sol Schumann (closing) @ Hillcrest Danny y Elliot @ Barfly Tito Puente Jr. @ Orchestra Hall Bettye Lavette @ Dakota

All this and more at the A-List.

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