"We meet people at the shows, and they say, 'Oh, let me tell you about this,' " Giddens says. "The thing is, a lot of these folks who are academics, they want this music to live. They really believe in it. Some of them were players themselves, but they're not necessarily out in popular consciousness.

"[It's] the opportunity of getting some of the music they love out there — and they know we'll do right by it. It feels good we have that reputation with academics. We consider ourselves the performing arm of the academic musical world with this kind of stuff. We make it live again for people."

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS + DAVE MATTHEWS BAND | Comcast Center, 885 South Main St, Mansfield | June 5 + 6 @ 7 pm | All Ages | $50 to $90| 508.339.2331 or livenation.com 

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