LIVE: The Carolina Chocolate Drops @ MASS MoCA, 5/29/10

June 1st, 2010, 12:00 pm by Greg

As MASS MoCA celebrated its 11th anniversary on Saturday, the influence of Joe Thompson was everywhere.

Not the Joe Thompson who’s been the director of the gargantuan contemporary art museum since it first opened, however. Rather the traditional black folk fiddler Joe Thompson, who’s been the primary inspiration and wellspring of repertoire for the delightful Carolina Chocolate Drops for the past five years.

While most visits to the museum for cerebral, conceptual visual or performing arts are aimed at the head, the CCD’s performance was aimed directly at the feet, and despite the fact that there wasn’t much room to dance at the sold-out show, the aisles were clogged with dancers by the time the trio swung into the hot-footed hoedown of “Sandy Boys.”

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