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California Center for the Arts, Escondido Presents: Black Violin

Escondido CA— California Center for the Arts, Escondido proudly presents virtuoso violinists Black Violin on Thursday, February 2, 2017, in the Concert Hall at 7:30 pm. Black Violin innately appeals to an eclectic audience ranging from fans of all genres and all ages by melding highbrow and pop cultures through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues, and R&B music. Joining the classically-trained violinists is turntable wiz DJ TK. Collectively, the trio smashes musical stereotypes and enthralls lovers of Bach and Beyoncé alike.

Black Violin’s latest studio album, Stereotypes (2015), speaks directly to the challenges they face as musicians whose appearances and style don’t depict that of classically trained violinists. Their approach to music and to the violin itself is not the typical method, or the common way the violin sounds. Black Violin takes this energy and turns it into motivation. Stereotypes features an all star cast of special guests, including Robert Glasper, Black Thought of The Roots, Melanie Fiona, Kandace Springs, and Pharoahe Monch.

Over the past decade, Black Violin’s Wil B. and Kev Marcus have performed an average of 200 shows per year including opening for Kanye West, Aerosmith, 50 Cent, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, Linkin Park and 2Cellos (who performed a sold-out show at the Center in 2014). Their inspiring music has led them to perform at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural, where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty handshake. Black Violin has also appeared at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and last year’s U.S. Open with Jordin Sparks. Black Violin’s music can be heard on the new FOX TV series, “Pitch,” which takes place in San Diego and follows fictional character Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), the first woman to play Major League Baseball as the pitcher for the San Diego Padres.

“Through the message of Black Violin’s music, we’ve spent the last 10 years working to encourage and empower people of all ages, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to find what connects us, rather than shine a light on what divides us. This past year alone, we’ve played for nearly 100,000 students and over 125 public shows across the US and Europe. We’ve taken this opportunity to spread a message that challenges the world’s view of what it means to rise above labels, be daring enough to follow their passion and most of all, be true to themselves. As black men living in America, we understand challenges and we also understand the power of “I can’t”, yet we decide to live by and promote the power of “I can”. We realize that every opportunity to connect our diverse fans is an opportunity to break down the barriers that separate us, empower individuality and encourage progress. Our UNITY tour, with concert dates throughout the US, will be our most energetic and inspired shows yet. #BLACKVIOLINUNITY” – Wil B. & Kev Marcus

Every year, California Center for the Arts, Escondido coordinates an education outreach in order to further arts entertainment and arts education within the community. Students are invited to engage with the artists and have the opportunity to asks questions about the artists’ music trajectory, as well as gain hands on tips and techniques. Black Violin will perform in front of 700 students from different schools in the area to serve as a source of education and inspiration on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Center.

Experience an evening of genre-bending and stereotype-breaking music with Black Violin at the Center on Thursday, February 2, 2017.


About California Center for the Arts, Escondido

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.

The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events. San Diego Magazine named the Center the “Best Limited Engagement” in North County. The Center was named in the Top Five for U-T San Diego’s Readers Poll for “Best Live Music Venue” and the Top Five for “Best Place to Get Married.” In 2016, the Center was named “Organization of the Year” by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.