Friday, October 24 at 8pm – Hering Auditorium
Started by Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass. When performing live, they are accompanied by their crack band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal) and a drummer.
Black Violin has performed an average of 200 shows per year in 49 states and 36 countries, including appearing at both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC. They have collaborated with several celebrated acts including P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles.
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“Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.”
—New York Times