The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed in 2005 in Durham, N.C., with members including Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens. They were inspired by attending the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, an event that explored the African origins and American retentions of the banjo. The Chocolate Drops’ 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won a Grammy. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, and record collector, and he plays a number of traditional instruments. In March he released Black Cowboys, an album co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The collection explores the musical contributions of African Americans in the Wild West. Ford Theater. Limited seating. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.
Admission is included with Museum ticket or Museum membership. Seating is limited.