Educated in old-time folk by the fiddler Joe Thompson, one of the few fiddlers still alive who plays in a short bowing style that was passed down from generations of plantation slaves, North Carolina trio Carolina Chocolate Drops channels back porch folk from the twenties and thirties. The band has mastered this style so flawlessly that it often covers modern RnB songs in this style, which has garnered the band quite a bit of attention and positive press. Though the Carolina Chocolate Drops weren't known beyond certain bluegrass circles in its early years, its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig charted at #1 on the Us Bluegrass chart and #2 on the US Folk charts for many weeks.
As a pivotal member of bands such as Joe Rockhead, The Ugly Americans and The Scabs, Bob Schneider has been a fixture on the Austin, Texas music scene since the early 1990s. Now focusing on a solo career, he's known to play everything from mellow acoustic ballads, to glossy pop and twangy rock and roll. The devoted fan base he's accrued over the years has come as a result of hard work, a couple dozen albums and a commitment to live performances that has seen him playing weekly gigs at Austin's Saxon Pub for around ten years running. With a sturdy backbone comprised of his engaging stage presence and strong musicianship, Schneider seems willing to tackle any style he deems fit, without ever sacrificing his inert talents as a pop-minded songwriter.
The long-running stage version of a classic children's show, Sesame Street Live premiered in 1980 with a national tour. Using everybody's favorite characters from the beloved television show, the production has several stage shows touring at a time, each featuring its own unique story lines and music. The live action spectacular is a delight for families, giving children the chance to see their favorite muppet characters in person and on stage.