The Great Lawn Folk Festival, an evening of brilliant folk music featuring Carolina Chocolate Drops founder Dom Flemons, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at the Great Lawn and Bandshell at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. The free event, sponsored by the Ad Astra Foundation, will feature local food trucks for a perfect evening of entertainment under the stars.
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Flemons founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2005 with singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, and the group quickly found a sizeable audience with its spirited approach to the Piedmont-style traditional music of the Carolinas. In 2006, the group released its debut album, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, which brought the group to the attention of actor-director Denzel Washington and producer Oprah Winfrey, who included the group’s music in the acclaimed 2007 film The Great Debaters. Acclaim for subsequent releases, including Flemons 2009 solo album, American Songster, led to a record deal with Nonesuch, which released 2010’s Joe Henry-produced Genuine Negro Jig, a Grammy winner for Best Traditional Folk Album.
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