Vinyl Music Hall Presents
The Mad Violinist- Night 2
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202
This event is all ages
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The Mad Violinist
Six-time Grammy Nominated Ashanti Floyd, known as The Mad Violinist, is one of the top producers, violinists, string arrangers, and performers in the world. He picked up his first violin at the age of three with strong inspiration from his mother. Floyd is now musically accomplished in over thirty instruments. He is highly established in the music industry as a producer and recording artist for over 30 albums. He is credited on platinum hits including “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco, Nicki Minaj’s “I’m the Best,” and Lil Wayne feat Drake “Right Above It” and many others. His most current mainsream success is with Will I Am on Nicki Minaj album “The Pink Print” as Nicki personally flew him being one of her favorite musicians.
As an artist, Ashanti's first professional experience was live with B.B. King at age 19. Years later, he went on to tour with Lupe Fiasco, Cyhi Da Prynce, Yelawolf and many more. Floyd has performed on the BET Awards, Ellen Degeneres, MTV Video Music Awards, Monique Show and on BET’s 106 and Park.
The broad range of genres mastered and blended by Floyd attract a broad audience inspired by Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz and Alternative Music. Floyd, originally from Tallahassee, Florida has a top flight musical education. His auditioned performances as a young teen earned placement in prestigious music camps. At Interlochen, Michigan, he placed into the advanced string quartet and played with both The Turtle Island and Pacifica String Quartets. At Luzerne in New York, he studied and performed with renowned composer and conductor, Michael Kamen. He also became the first American violinist chosen for the the Credenza Symphony Orchestra Camp in London, England.
After high school, Floyd planned on audition on viola for Juilliard School for Performing Arts. He chose to audition and attend Berklee College of Music as a contemporary violinist. Floyd excelled quickly, testing out of courses within two years and was quickly recruited to tour and guest appearances with the likes of B.B. King and more. Floyd’s involvement in musical education is continual.
He has taught for the Summer Stars Foundation, and was Musical Director/ Instructor of the Britney Spears camp at the age of 19. This led to him becoming a teacher and mentor at The American Idol Kids Camp, Fifty Cent’s G-Unity Foundation, and The Jonas Brothers Foundation. Currently, Ashanti has been called upon by the Atlanta Symphony to encourage youth apart of their outreach programs and to help with new innovative ideas to bridge the arts in the Metro area. Ashanti has also personally given away over 100 violins to deserving youth across the country with his very own “The Floyd Foundation”.
CREATING A SOUND THAT SEAMLESSLY BLENDS GENRES AND TOUCHES THE SOUL IS NO SMALL TASK, BUT LVVRS MAKE IT LOOK EASY. WITH EACH OF THEIR SONGS COMBINING ELEMENTS OF MODERN POP, ALTERNATIVE ROCK, AND WORLD BEATS, LVVRS HAVE DEVELOPED AN INFECTIOUS SOUND YOU’LL KEEP ON REPEAT.
RISEN FROM THE ASHES OF TWO OF THE GULF COAST'S PREMIER ROCK BANDS OF THE EARLY 2010’S, VETERAN ROCK’N’ROLLERS RIVER GIBSON, ZAC LYONS AND BRENON WILSON WANTED TO TAKE A FULLY FRESH APPROACH TO CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITING. THEY FORMED LVVRS IN EARLY 2018, DRAWING INSPIRATION FOR THEIR NEW MUSIC FROM PAST ROCK INFLUENCES AND TODAY’S TOP 40 POP AND R&B ARTISTS. THEY WANTED TO CHANGE THE GAME BY INFUSING ESTABLISHED ROCK SOUNDS OF ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND DRUMS WITH FUN POP SYNTHS AND RHYTHMIC BEATS.
THEIR DEBUT EP IS SET FOR RELEASE IN THE FALL OF 2018, AND TRACKS LIKE “WILD HEART,” A ROCK BALLAD DISGUISED AS A DANCE SONG WITH A DRIVING POP BEAT, ARE PRACTICALLY BURSTING WITH ENERGETIC UNDERTONES. “OVER YOU” RESONATES AS A DISTINCTIVE EMOTIONAL JOURNEY, BRINGING IN ENTIRELY NEW ELEMENTS OF WORLD DRUMS AND TROPICAL SYNTHS. UPBEAT “ICONIC” IS A WELCOMED BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND NOSTALGIC 80’S GUITAR TONES THAT WILL LITERALLY BE THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR NEXT HOUSE PARTY. ADDING TO THE MIX, THERE’S A MYSTERIOUS VULNERABILITY IN RIVER’S WARM AND ROBUST VOCAL DELIVERY. HIS ADDICTIVE MELODIES AND POWERFULLY LUSCIOUS HARMONIES CONVEY HONEST, EMOTIONAL LYRICS THAT DANCE ON SOME MIDDLE GROUND BETWEEN HAPPY AND SAD. THERE’S A VISCERAL SINCERITY IN EVERY AMBITIOUS SING-A-LONG ABOUT LOVE, LOSS, BEING MISUNDERSTOOD, OR SIMPLY BEING THE LIFE OF THE PARTY.
LVVRS ENCOMPASS A NEW ERA FOR ROCK’N’ROLL, TAKING THE GENRE TO UNPRECEDENTED HEIGHTS WHILE PUSHING THE SONIC BOUNDARIES OF A MODERN POP SONG. LVVRS AREN’T YOUR DAD’S ROCK’N’ROLL BAND. THEY’RE ROCK STARS FOR THE NEW GENERATION.
General Admission * Standing Room Only * All Ages * Additional $5 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian * Posted Times Are Door Times- Events Generally Begin 30-60 Minutes After Doors Open