Carolina Chocolate Drops and Twyla Tharp

Ballet meets bluegrass: Old-time band collaborates with famed choreographer at BAM

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

The Carolina Chocolate Drops has made a career out of subverting assumptions about music.

As a group of black musicians playing what is usually assumed to be traditionally white music — bluegrass and old timey songs — the band has worked to show the deep connectivity of all music. Now, it is teaming up with legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp to break down even more barriers with a performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 10.

“It will be cool and interesting to see how someone else will interpret our music,” said Carolina Chocolate Drops multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins, who is the only member of the North Carolina-based band that lives in Brooklyn.

It was Tharp’s idea to collaborate with the band. Tharp’s dance, titled “Cornbread Duet,” will be performed by New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, to music by the band.

Jenkins declined to say exactly which songs the band will perform for the show, but said they are tunes that fans already know.

The band has not yet started practicing for the show, but Jenkins is sure it will be a fun collaboration.

“It is always great when different arts support each other and mingle with each other,” said Jenkins. “Our music is dance music and it is nice to be able to show people that.”

Carolina Chocolate Drops with Twyla Tharp, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100,]. April 10 at 8 pm. $16 members, $20 non-members.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: