Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center
Regularly priced tickets are $25-$45
TAMPA, Fla. — The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents Black Violin on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Ferguson Hall. Black Violin is sponsored in part by the Tampa Bay Times.
Classically trained South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who go by the name Black Violin are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture with a breaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass.
The band’s most recent album, Stereotype, puts on display the duo’s swift virtuosity and signature style of rich blend of genres and marks their major-label debut.
Wil B and Kev Marcus are classically trained viola and violin players who first met playing in the high school orchestra in Fort Lauderdale. They’ve since fused the hip-hop and classical genres in a groundbreaking collaboration that has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both of President Obama’s Inaugural Balls. The pair also headlined 40 shows in two stints at the New Victory Theater on Broadway. They’ve wowed audiences at the Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre, accompanied Alicia Keys’ performance of “Karma” at the 2004 Billboard Awards and appeared with Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump playing the hit song, “Stereo Hearts,” for VH1’s Unplugged.
Since starting Black Violin a decade ago – named after an album by preeminent African-American swing era jazz violinist Stuff Smitm – Wil B and Kev have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]
Regularly priced tickets for the Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. performance by Black Violin are $25-$45 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. Handling fees will apply. For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit the Straz Center’s website at www.strazcenter.org.