Carolina Chocolate Drops at Plaza Live on May 12

With a modern day take on traditional folk, Carolina Chocolate Drops have won themselves a dedicated fan base.

The group takes the banjo-driven string-band music of North Carolina’s Piedmont region and infuses it a slight touches of the blues and bluegrass to create a fusion that is both new and old – a new take on the familiar.

Their album, “Genuine Negro Jig,” won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Their newest self-titled four-song EP, a collaboration with Romanian gypsy punk band Luminescent Orchestrii, was released in January of this year to much critical acclaim.

The band will be bringing their high-energy sound, dubbed “dirt-floor dance electricity” by Rolling Stone magazine, to the Plaza Live on May 12, this week.

Tickets are $18 and are available at the Plaza Live website, box office or by phone at 407-228-220. Plaza Live is located at 425 N. Bumby Ave.

As a taste of what to expect if you go, here is an acoustic version of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit Em’ Up Style” on video.

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