With their innovative brand of string music, the Carolina Chocolate Drops sold out their show at Spoleto Festival USA in 2008, gained a huge crowd of fans at the Boone Hall Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in 2009, and packed a Pour House gig later that summer. Finally we've got a venue that should be able to accommodate their rapidly growing fanbase: Middleton Place plantation.
They're OK with not being the token black string band at Spoleto
"It's pretty innovative that [Spoleto's] going to have two black string bands in one weekend," says Dom Flemons, referring to the Ebony Hillbillies. "That'll be interesting to compare and contrast how different the traditions can be. We're just one band. There's a very vast area in which string band music fits ... You have fiddles and banjos, so you tend to get boxed into the bluegrass thing, but you can really fit any kind of music in there."
Change is good
The festival finale has always been a hugely popular event, bringing together performers and fans alike to celebrate another successful Spoleto run. Traditionally, most attendees have brought elaborate picnic spreads to enjoy on the lawn (and enter in the picnic competition) before listening to a concert under the stars from the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, followed by a fireworks display. And while we love the SFO, we're more than a little excited that they invited the Drops to wrap things up this year. We expect one of the most fun finales in recent Spoleto history.