- $17 for one G-Pass to see Black Violin (up to $33.40 value)
- When: Friday, February 20, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Genesee Theatre
- Seating: rows J–Z or AA–DD of the orchestra
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app. Discount reflects the merchant’s current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event.
- The name: taken from famed jazz violinist Stuff Smith’s album Black Violin
- The players: Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester
- The sound: elegant string duets underscored by funk and hip-hop beats; Beethoven if he grew up in South Florida and had a bigger imagination
- A famous fan: Barack Obama, who invited them to play his 2013 Inaugural Ball
- Another famous fan: Alicia Keys, who played with them at the 2004 Billboard Awards
- Other famous fans who’ve collaborated with Black Violin: Kendrick Lamar, Kayne, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, and The Eagles
- What the New York Times thinks: “Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars…Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play.”
- What the Independent thought of their SXSW set: they ranked them as one of the best bands of the festival
- What to expect during the show: sonic adventures in skillful bowing from their latest album, Classically Trained
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day, 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been recreated from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.