City Planner: Weekend Edition (11/11-12)
Carolina Chocolate Drops @ the Cedarthis weekend's A-List: "First, let's dispel a few stereotypes. Yes, the Carolina Chocolate Drops are African Americans playing old-time banjo and fiddle music generally thought to be the province of white Appalachians. No, they are not a curio novelty act for that reason. In fact, the Chocolate Drops continue a spirited, if long-languished, tradition of black string music that arose out of square-dancing 'frolics,' house parties, funerals, and baby christenings in the early 20th century. Named in honor of the once-renowned Tennessee Chocolate Drops, they have studied and played with 80-something Piedmont fiddler Joe Thompson and will perform at the Cedar as part of a benefit for the documentary film Black String Revival. But no, they are not stuck-in-Carolina-mud academics who confuse preservation with embalming. On the basis of their unceasingly spry debut disc, Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind, even the hoary rebel anthem 'Dixie' is fair game for their flexible, string-driven braid. CCD are worth the relatively small cover charge for Rhiannon Giddens alone, a Piedmont native, Oberlin Conservatory grad, and potent double threat on banjo and vocals."
$10/$12 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Garnet Rogers @ First Universalist Church
Jamie Lidell/Hot Chip @ First Ave
Roma Di Luna (CD release) @ BLB
Pernice Brothers @ 7th St.
Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society @ Myth
Will Hoge/Backyard Tire Fire @ 400 Bar
Decemberists @ First Ave
Rise Against @ Myth
Lloyd Cole @ Fine Line
Anytown (closing) @ Southern
Merchant of Venice (closing) @ MN Opera Center
Action Against Sol Schumann (closing) @ Hillcrest
Danny y Elliot @ Barfly
Tito Puente Jr. @ Orchestra Hall
Bettye Lavette @ Dakota
All this and more at the A-List.