PORTSMOUTH, NH - On Wednesday, July 17, the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops will be bringing down the house once again in Portsmouth's Prescott Park with their high energy, old time, fiddle and banjo based music as part of Prescott Park Arts Festival's River House Restaurant Concert Series.
Prescott Park Arts Festival's executive director Ben Anderson can't say enough great things about the Drops. "The Festival had their first experience of one of Carolina Chocolate Drop's jaw-dropping performances as part of the Folk Festival last year. Their modern take on a traditional sound absolutely stole the show. The high energy set had the whole audience up and dancing, cheering, clapping - it was unbelievable. I think anyone who hears the Carolina Chocolate Drops will agree that their music is undeniably deserving of the Grammy nominations and awards they've received, but seeing them make their music onstage displays how truly talented and unique this dynamic quartet is. We can't wait to have them back in the Park."
The Drops have proven that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they've so scrupulously researched and passionately performed over the years could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. The group employs several different instruments to create their unique blend of traditional music and modern flair, trading off on banjo, fiddle, kazoo, harmonica, bones and jug. They bring a fresh interpretation of material from North Carolina, and highlight the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation's popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. The band regularly receives critical accolades from publications such as the Seattle Times, which said “What a treat to bask in this Grammy-winning group’s top-notch musicality, easy good humor and understated but sparkling showmanship with just the right dollop of historical background.” This virtuosic quartet's approach is both provocative and revelatory and they have taken folk traditions up to new heights and long become known as the do-not-miss act of any festival.
The Festival’s renowned River House Restaurant Concert Series also offers a full range of concerts including acts like Mary Chapin Carpenter & Marc Cohn (July 24), The Head and the Heart (July 31), Judy Collins (August 7), Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses (August 30), Bruce Cockburn (September 1) and more. Visit the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s website, www.prescottpark.org, for a full schedule and details.
Tables on the Federal Savings Bank VIP Seating Deck are available for reservations through Prescott Park’s website, in addition to the blanket reservations in front of the FairPoint Communications MainStage. Special discount pricing is available for Festival members.
In the event that the Festival’s limited seating areas are sold out for the Carolina Chocolate Drops, all are encouraged and welcomed to bring blankets and chairs to the Park to enjoy the show. As with all of Prescott Park Arts Festival’s family-friendly events, the Wednesday Night Concerts in Prescott Park are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5-$8 at the gate.
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting. For more information contact Ben Anderson at (603)-436-2848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.