There’s a bountiful supply of old-timey Americana roots music on Nippertown’s fall calendar. The Wiyos host their Gamville variety show at Club Helsinki Hudson at 9pm tonight and then return to The Linda for a show of their own on Saturday, October 16. The Egg in Albany plays host to John Lennon’s old skiffle band mates the Quarrymen on Wednesday, October 6, as well as the duo of Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur (of the famed and oh-so-influential ’60s group Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band) on Thursday, November 11.
And at 7:30pm on Sunday, The Egg is the place to be once again as the Carolina Chocolate Drops make their long-overdue Albany debut. The three multi-talented musicians – Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson – play loose-as-a-goose vintage foot-stomping tunes, primarily traditional black string band music from the hills of North Carolina.
They trade instruments around – banjo, fiddle, jug, resonator guitar – and once in a while they spice things up with kazoo, snare drum or autoharp.
Back in May, the Chocolate Drops wowed a sold-out crowd at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, so get your tix pronto.