Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday's Pick: Josh Ritter, Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Fillmore

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM


Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Fillmore

9 p.m., $25

Most people can't help but associate the banjo with "Dueling Banjos" from the backwoods nightmare film Deliverance. But the Durham, NC-based old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops trace the instrument's history from Gambia to the 1830s, when whites in America first picked it up. Over five albums, the trio has spearheaded the revival of the regional Piedmont sound, accompanying its virtuosic banjo playing with fiddle, guitar, harmonica, snare drum, bones, jug, and kazoo. Although the Drops caught fire with their cover of R&B singer Blu Cantrell's old-timey "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)," it's obvious they are aiming at preservation, not novelty.

Follow us @SFAllShookDown

  • Pin It

Tags: , ,

About The Author

Ron Nachmann


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"