Saturday, August 20, 2011

CCD to Debut Theater Piece at Old Town School...

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are collaborating on their first theater piece, which will be performed at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music this November. Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville was commissioned by Old Town, and explores songs written and performed by African Americans between 1830 and 1930.

The band is working with MacArthur Genius grant recipient and jazz composer-pianist Reginald R. Robinson and the Old Town School's jazz tap virtuoso Reggio "The Hoofer" Laughlin on this production. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, "More than 20 historic songs written and performed by African Americans on the legendary ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’ between 1830-1930 will be featured, as well as original music created for the production. Chicago’s Andrea J. Dymond will direct."

Keep a Song in Your Soul will make its debut on November 3 and run through November 6; tickets and more information are available at

Watch a video of about the background of the music, as well as a performance from the piece:

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