After a beautiful front-yard concert with Hurray for the Riff Raff on the eve of French Quarter Fest, we’re partnering with online live concert folks Liveset for another couple of shows to kick off Jazz Fest.
The Chocolate Drops play old-timey rural Carolina music with a modern twist, often combining banjo and fiddle with beat-boxing for a fresh take on folk. In the past year, they even added New Orleans cellist Leyla McCalla to their touring lineup. The band plays The Temple on Friday, and Jazz Fest Saturday at 4:20 p.m. on the Fais Do-Do Stage.
Got a question for the Carolina Chocolate Drops? Mention @OffBeatMagazine with your question on Twitter and we’ll pick our favorites to ask the band.
Liveset’s second live concert stream of the week takes place Saturday in the early evening at 6 p.m. with the outstanding veteran soul singer Lee Fields. Fields will be performing later that night at One Eyed Jacks, and his Liveset show will take place at a secret venue in the French Quarter. Read on if you want to be in the audience in person.
Fields has been recording and performing since the mid-1960s, getting his start covering the soul and funk hits of the day at school dances in North Carolina and Virginia. After years of releasing rare crate-digging classics, he was found in the mid-’90s by a new generation of musicians who went on to found the tastemaking record labels Daptone and Truth & Soul. In March, Fields’ most recent album, Faithful Man, was released. It’s probably the best recordings he’s made, full of deep soul against the rich, hard-cracking band in the background.
For more info on Lee Fields’ live streaming concert, visit Liveset.com.
OffBeat is giving our readers a chance to be in the live audience for this show. If you want to be there in person, fill out the form below and ask a question that you would like us to give Lee Fields to answer during Liveset’s live stream. We’ll give away three pairs of tickets in total—the only way to see the show in person—and choose the winners’ questions for Fields to answer.
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