Auditions: Youth vocalists needed

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The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center For The Arts announces auditions for vocalists in grades 5th-12th to perform as Beaufort Youth Choir with featured artist “Black Violin” on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Auditions have been set for Tuesday, September 24 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts located at 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort.

Those auditioning should prepare to sing a 45 second clip of a song of their choice. If selected, you will be committing to rehearsals on select Monday nights at 6 p.m. as part of the program, as well as performing with “Black Violin” on Friday, November 1. Each person selected will receive one comp ticket to the performance. There is limited space for this opportunity.

The band Black Violin blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live they are often accompanied by their crack band, featuring turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen) and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun).Since starting Black Violin a decade ago, Wil B and Kev have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and at last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them perform for everybody from U.S. troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, D.C., where President Barack Obama gave each band member a hearty hand-shake. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles. “It’s now time to spread the word about Black Violin,” insists Kev. “The groundswell is just beginning.”

For more information, call 843-521-4145.