Black Violin Thursday, October 8
Black Violin blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music into an evening of music you’ll never forget. Fresho off performances at SXSW and Bonaroo and about to release their debut album, this is a group on the cusp of international success.
Violin and viola virtuosos, Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus met in high school and have been taking the world by storm for the last decade. Black Violin is truly a groundbreaking act, the first to meticulously meld classical, hip-hop, rock and pop music into a single genre busting performance.
“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 hoe-down; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.” The New York Times
You may also recognize Black Violin as the musicians who went viral on YouTube by giving a pop up performance on a US Airways flight back in February.
Hot Sardines Tuesday, October 20
2015 will meet the 1920’s when the Hot Sardines bring their amazing fusion of 20’s jazz and 21’st century style to stage. The Hot Sardines have a distinctive recipe for making musical magic: take a blustery bass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Weller vein, and tie it all together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman who sings in both English and French with a voice from another era. (And we haven’t told you about the tap dancer yet.)
“Simply phenomenal, crisp musicianship going hand in hand with immaculate and witty showmanship.” The Times (London)
It’s a night that will transport you to New York, Paris, New Orleans and some parts in between. This is the type of jazz that makes you grab a friend, grab a drink, and stand up and dance. See the band Vanity Fair said, “has a sounds distinctly their own.”