BLACK VIOLIN's Kev and Wil B Return to NYC for Run at New Victory Theater, Now thru 11/25
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by BWW News Desk
Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wilner Baptiste – aka Kev and Wil B of BLACK VIOLIN – return to New York with their funky fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues and R&B. With DJ TK on the turntables, Beatdown on the drums, and Joe Cello rounding out the band, these Apollo Legends, who played to sold-out New Vic houses in 2009, will perform a concert of new compositions, classic favorites and pop cover tunes at The New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, from tonight, November 9 through November 25.
Combining an array of musical styles to produce a Signature Sound that is part maestro, part emcee, BLACK VIOLIN has influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z. In 2004, the group joined superstar Alicia Keys on stage at the Billboard Music Awards. In 2005, the group was awarded the title of Apollo Legend by the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Since then, BLACK VIOLIN has toured the world and worked with musicians as diverse as Sean Combs, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin and the Eagles, among many others. Last July, they appeared with Gym Glass Heroes on VH1's "Unplugged," and at the end of this month, they launch a new album entitled Classically Trained.
Florida natives, Kev and Wil B met while attending the Dillard High School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. After graduating from high school, both were granted full music scholarships to college -- Florida International University and Florida State, respectively. Conceived and designed by Wilner Baptiste and Kevin Marcus, BLACK VIOLIN also features Dwayne "DJ TK" Dayal on turntables, Jermaine "Beatdown" McQueen on drums and Joseph "Joe Cello" Valbrun on the cello. Black Violin is represented by Jeremiah Younossi and managed by George Green.
BLACK VIOLIN is recommended for everyone 6 and older.
Tickets for BLACK VIOLIN at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) cost $25, $18, $12 and $9 for Members and $38, $28, $18 and $14 for Non-members based on seat locations.
Theater-goers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including up to 35-percent savings. To purchase tickets online, visit NewVictory.org, and to purchase by phone, call 646-223-3010. The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
For more information visit www.newvictory.org.
An independent, nonprofit organization, The New 42nd Street was created to assume long-term responsibility and oversight for seven historic theaters between 42nd Street and 7th and 8th Avenues. The projects of The New 42nd Street include: The New Victory Theater, a performing arts theater devoted to kids and families; the New 42nd Street Studios, a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater "complex", and The Duke on 42nd Street, an intimate 200-seat black-box theater that opened in 2000 and is available on a rental basis to international and domestic nonprofit organizations to present their work.