Dom Flemons of Carolina Chocolate Drops to Bring Old-Time String Band Music to PS21

Dom Flemons (photo Tim Duffy)

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, will perform old-time string band music with his trio at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 8pm. Flemons will be joined by Brian Farrow on bass and fiddle and Mike Johnson on drums.

Dom Flemons is widely lauded for reintroducing old-time African-American string band music to a new generation. One half of the program will be traditional music of different types: old-time string band music, blues, jazz, and ragtime. “I spent the better part of a decade presenting old-timey music and I don’t want to leave that behind,” explained Flemons. “By presenting original songs in the old-time styles, I have a new freedom to mix and match.”

Flemons is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. This show will feature his voice, guitar (three guitars in different tunings), four-string banjo, bones, harmonica, quills (panpipe) “and my good pal the Big Head Joe, the giant six-string guitar banjo,” Flemons said.

The performance will include both an old-time string band set and a more traditional trio setting featuring bass and drums. “We will also be featuring a fife and drum set with marching bass drum while I play the fife,” Flemons said. “It is one of the oldest styles of black vernacular music recorded and we’ll get the house rocking with it.”

Tickets for the Saturday, July 11, 8pm performance of Dom Flemons are $25 general admission, $20 PS21 members and $15 students with I.D. Tickets can be purchased at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out. For other information about this or any other event at PS21, call (518) 392-6121.

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