San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly Arts presents the dynamic musical duo Black Violin in their Central Coast debut. Black Violin is composed of classically-trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.”

Their Classical Boom Tour concert will be a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music; the duo will be accompanied by keyboards, drums and an ace turntable whiz. Members of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony will sit in with the group for a number and also close the show.

“Black Violin upends cultural and musical stereotypes…an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.”  —The Miami Herald 

“The duo elicits brilliant music with poignant message for the world.”  —Essence 

Black Violin performs an average of 200 shows annually in 49 states and 36 countries. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play for everybody from the troops in Iraq to Barack Obama’s official President’s Inaugural Ball. Individually and together, Black Violin has shared stages with P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles, among others; they also creatively worked with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. In addition, the duo composed music for television’s “The Pitch” and have appeared on HBO’s “Ballers,” as well as “The Tonight Show” and “Ellen.”

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The duo is currently writing and recording their next studio album; the band’s most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band, saying “Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.”

Black Violin has been named Turnaround Artists by Turnaround Arts, a national education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which infuses arts into struggling schools to support overall reform efforts. They have also partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers (NAMMto continue their advocacy for accessible music education.

Free pre-show lecture: 7 pm, Philips Lecture Hall, led by KCBX host Tracy Morgan

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $25.60-$52 may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at

Sponsored by Andi & Jeff Portney, Edna’s Bakery, Embassy Suites, Subplot Studio, The Sun, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts

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