To cap off an exciting pre-season, BlackRock presents Keyon Harrold, a Grammy Award-winning talent, who Wynton Marsalis proclaimed as “the future of the trumpet” and Rolling Stone cited as “10 New Artists You Need To Know Now.” Harrold will take the stage on Friday, September 28, at 8:00 pm as part of BlackRock’s new Friday Night Series.
Harrold is known for pushing musical boundaries through his compositions and improvisational style and pulls elements of jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues, and hip-hop into his music.
Keyon Harrold is a product of Ferguson, Mo, the St. Louis suburb that headlined every news outlet across America in 2014 with the police shooting of Michael Brown, and the bitter protests and riots that ensued shortly after. The roots of Ferguson can be felt throughout the entirety of Harold’s most recent album, The Mugician, a nickname given to him by Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle himself.
Harrold, a proponent of social activism and equality, refuses to shy away from expressing his true feelings regarding the senseless killings of Michael Brown and many others like him through his music, most notably on a powerful balled titled “When Will It Stop.” Harrold has the ability to offer listeners a better perspective by being the voice of the silenced, which he powerfully conveys throughout the length of the album.
At the eager age of 18, Keyon took leave for New York City to enroll in The New School. The City of Dreams presented Harrold with the chance to support Common, a hip-hop icon, who is credited as one of his major musical influences. Not only did this experience broaden his musical horizons, it also opened up an array of networking opportunities that would tremendously impact the trajectory of his career.
Keyon soon found himself performing with stars like Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Beyonce, and a number of other legendary artists alike. In 2009, he released his debut album, Introducing Keyon Harrold, and was recognized for his stellar trumpet performances in Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead.
Patrons are encouraged to bring BYOF (Bring Your Own Feast) to our Friday Night Series, which could include take-out from an enormous array of Germantown restaurants or their picnic basket of their own munchies.
BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.
Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.