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Carolina Chocolate Drops Bring Old Time...

Carolina Chocolate Drops Bring Old Time Fiddle and Banjo Music to Clovis With dazzling virtuosity and stirring a cappella displays, The Carolina Chocolate Drops will bring the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music to Clovis on February 24 at 7 pm at the Lyceum Theater. Providing a unique glimpse into American heritage music, this special concert is part of the Cultural Arts series sponsored by Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis.

Taking their cue from such modern masters as Mebane fiddler Joe Thompson, said to be the last black traditional string band player, the Chocolate Drops play the tunes and sing the ballads once heard at frolics and square dances in the Carolina Piedmont and beyond. The Durham-based trio —Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson—have garnered attention and praise throughout the world.

Flemons' guitar and jug root the band in an infectious rhythm, and he plays harmonica for an additional melody. Banjo and fiddle player, Giddens, became inspired by old-time music when she fell into contra dancing after graduation from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Robinson, the band's primary fiddler, is trained in classical violin, but later became interested in bluegrass and old-time fiddle music.

Included in Denzel Washington's 2007 film, "The Great Debators," the Chocolate Drops have helped to revive and reinvigorate the old-time string-band music from the foothills of North and South Carolina. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors, military and students. Tickets may be purchased at the CCC Cashiers' Windows, the CAFB ITT Office, or at the door the evening of the performance (pending availability).

For interviews: Christy Mendoza 575.769.4950 For additional information: Stephanie Spencer 575.769.4956