Black Violin is a revolutionary music group blending hip-hop, rock, R&B, bluegrass and classical music. This group of two classically trained violinists, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester are redefining the music scene. The genre-busting group shows that music does not exist within a box. They’ll perform at Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Black Violin takes their name from a record by the preeminent African-American swing era jazz violinist Stuff Smith. Since forming ten years ago, the duo has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles. Live, they are often accompanied by their crack band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen) and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun).
Over the past decade, Black Violin has performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries, as well as appearances at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration, three official NFL Super Bowl celebrations, and the 2012 U.S. Open. Along with these performances, Black Violin remains particularly committed to a series of school visits, where they bring the importance of arts education to the forefront, particularly for urban youth.
“We encourage kids to think creatively, to take what they love doing and try to come up with something no one has ever done before,” explains Will B. “And that doesn’t just apply to playing violin or even music, but whatever it is you decide to do. Expand your mind. Once we get their attention with the music, that’s the message we want to deliver.”
Tickets for Black Violin are on sale now and are $19, $29, and $39. Tickets may be purchased through the Broadway Center Box Office at 253-591-5894, toll-free 1-800-291-7593, in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District or online at www.broadwaycenter.org/BlackViolin