Carolina Chocolate Drops
friday » february 28 » 8pm
Making their debut engagement at the ASC, Carolina Chocolate Drops are artists we love to listen to and watch. » The Carolina Chocolate Drops won a Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2011 with their album Genuine Negro Jig, and were nominated again in 2012 for their follow-up effort, Leaving Eden. This African-American string band, founded in 2006, is on Nonesuch Records. Their ever-evolving sound began with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, and has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional songs in addition to original writing from Rhiannon Giddens and others. The group’s 2014 lineup will feature two more virtuosic players alongside founding member Giddens and Hubby Jenkins – cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett – illustrating the expansive, continually exploratory nature of the Chocolate Drops’ music. Expect a new disc from this quartet in 2015.
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They’ve rocked some of the biggest stages in the business. Finally, Robert Randolph & The Family Band are bringing
their intense, good-time funk, and brilliant pedal steel guitar playing to the ASC. » First, let’s talk guitar. Randolph’s
unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”
list. Rolling Stone called the group “one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom,” making their appearance at the ASC one that should not be missed. Robert Randolph & The Family Band will be a show that will have you dancing in your seat!
The ASC is honored to host a tribute to one of the greatest guitarists and musicians of all time as we pay homage to B.B. King. Over a dozen musicians from Birmingham and around the Southeast region are coming together for one night to honor the blues legend in this free concert. Join Elnora Spencer, Ona Watson, Chad Fisher, CeCe Phillips, Sean Michael Ray, PJ Spraggins, Joseph Stallworth, Joey Sommerville, Marc Phillips and GrooveDaddy, Microwave Dave, Norris Jones, Tim Boykin, and UAB's Artist-in-Residence, Eric Essix.
Finally. Rickie Lee Jones is coming back to Birmingham! The ASC is thrilled to present the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter for an evening of musical reminiscing and exploration. Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1979 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, she graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice in two years, and performed an unprecedented three songs during her second appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Her latest album and first new music in over a decade, The Other Side of Desire was written, recorded, and rooted in New Orleans.
Hosted by UAB Artist-in-Residence Eric Essix, The Essentials is the ASC’s innovative series devoted to honoring the rich history of jazz. The fourth installment will explore the complex, multinational musical fusion known as Latin jazz. » The evening begins with a survey of the history of Latin jazz, the music, and the artists — led by Essix and legendary percussionist Poncho Sanchez. » The second set features Grammy-winner Sanchez with his fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves colliding and churning in a fiery swirl with dazzling results.
If you were in college during the 1980s, you probably saw the Indigo Girls in some small, smoke-filled basement pub and were convinced you’d stumbled into folk duet heaven. More than 30 years later, those two Georgia ladies with their husky voices and intimate, poignant lyrics are still going strong. While most artists who launched their careers in the 1980s have slipped from our collective memory, the Indigo Girls are still writing and recording, championing a number of social and environmental causes, and filling halls with devoted, multi-generational audiences.
The ASC is proud to treat our patrons to Gleb Ivanov, an internationally accomplished young pianist The New York Times said “is a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.” As a young man in Russia, Ivanov was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, appearing as soloist under the famous maestro with the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic.