The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall is excited to announce its Spring 2023 Great Performers Series, opening the season with classically trained hip-hop violinists Black Violin on Friday, March 10, at 8:00 p.m. Black Violin members Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” The duo released their major label debut, Stereoptypes, on Universal Music, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. National Public Radio (NPR) took note, declaring, “Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.” With a heavy emphasis on educational outreach, Black Violin performs for more than 100,000 students each year. They have partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers to continue their advocacy for accessible music education.
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at Buffalo State on Friday, March 17, when legendary actor and comedian Paul Reiser takes the Performing Arts Center stage at 8:00 p.m. Named one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, Reiser brings his stand-up comedy show to sold-out theaters around the country. Reiser is well-known for some of the most iconic roles in television and movies. Starring in such films as Aliens and Beverly Hills Cop, he also co-created and starred with Helen Hunt in the long-running ’90s sitcom Mad About You. The Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe–winning comedy series ended its original run in 1999 and was rebooted 20 years later on Spectrum Originals. Reiser can currently be seen starring in many hit shows including Hulu’s comedy series Reboot; Amazon Prime’s Emmy-nominated series The Boys; Netflix’s The Kominsky Method, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor; and Netflix’s most popular show of all time, Stranger Things, on which he plays Dr. Sam Owens. Don’t miss this opportunity to see entertainment icon Paul Reiser live on stage.
Jazz and R&B superstar saxophonist Boney James makes his anticipated return to the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 6, at 8:00 p.m. for the first time in four years. During his 30-year career, James has earned four Grammy nominations, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and a Soul Train Award, while a dozen of his albums have landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart. His 2020 studio release, Solid, was his highest charting release ever on the pop charts, peaking in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. And his most recent release, Detour, builds on the success of Solid. His 18th studio album, Detour represents the next extension of James’s trademark blend of genres, which includes blues, soul, roots, classical, art-pop, and hip-hop.
Smooth jazz saxophonist and flutist Najee wraps up the spring 2023 Great Performers Series at Buffalo State on Saturday, April 22, at 8:00 p.m. This Grammy and NAACP Award–winning contemporary jazz pioneer has been one of the brightest stars in jazz for close to four decades. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with such legends as Prince, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Herbie Hancock. His 19th album, Savoir Faire, was released in 2022 to critical acclaim. The PAC is delighted to welcome Najee to his first performance on its stage.
Tickets to all shows are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Rockwell Hall Box Office or by phone at (716) 878-3005 Tuesdays through Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or online anytime at buffalostatepac.org.
Buffalo State Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall
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