SAN DIEGO, February 2, 2016 — Hip-hop beats meet classical notes to create the musical phenomenon that is Black Violin. The duo of classically trained string instrumentalists, Kev Marcus and Wil B, will share their signature sound and create a dynamic concert experience in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods on Saturday,
Black Violin rose to fame covering hip-hop songs on violin and viola. After winning Showtime at the Apollo in 2005, the duo’s unique sound became sought after by hit recording artists, including Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, and Tom Petty, and eventually by President Barack Obama when he invited the duo to perform at his second inauguration.
Dedicated to reinventing convention, the groundbreaking duo will perform hits from their new album Stereotypes as well as covers of classic pop and hip-hop songs. With Stereotypes, Black Violin set out to achieve something greater than selling records or gaining notoriety as a curiosity. “We want to really be something that young musicians aspire to,” says Kev. “For us, the violin is the vehicle for a bigger message, which is not to be afraid to be different.”
The duo’s performance in Southeastern San Diego, a community with its own history of stereotypes, provides residents with a powerful example of what can be accomplished when they choose to not be defined by others’ misperceptions. Leading up to the concert, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is conducting a social media campaign encouraging people to share stereotypes they have encountered using #ImNotAStereotype.
Performance date and time:
Saturday, February 20
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114
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About the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills, and educational success.