Black Star Drum Line & Urban Arts Showcase
Kids in the Rotunda
Urban Arts Showcase
Sat, Feb 1
Rotunda Stage: Free
Free performances at 9:30 AM, 11 AM and 1 PM. The 1 PM performance will be American Sign Language interpreted. Please call 608.258.4148 if you need to be seated within sight of the interpreter.
Funding provided by American Girl’s Fund for Children, Madison Gas & Electric Foundation and UnityPoint Health Meriter. Additional funding provided by Ian’s Pizza, Kuehn Family Foundation and by contributions to Overture Center for the Arts. Help make arts experiences real for hundreds of thousands of people at overture.org/makeagift
Youth percussive ensemble Black Star Drum Line returns to the Rotunda stage with special guests XL Big (beatbox master), DJ Mirah (13-year-old girl scratch DJ), Dynamic Badgerettes (majorette dance team), Sweatshop Shorties (competitive hip hop dance crew) and Brady K. (singer-songwriter).
Black Star Drum Line is in its 12th year as a youth percussive arts group and was founded by Grammy-nominated drummer, producer and music educator Joey B. Banks. Since 2008, the drum line has gone from being a volunteer youth arts project to one of the most popular youth performing arts groups in Wisconsin. In 2018, the Madison Area Music Association awarded the group with “Youth Ensemble of the Year,” and the group was also named Madison Magazine’s silver winner for “Best of Madison” youth performing arts groups (between the Children’s Theater of Madison and Wisconsin Youth Symphony). For their Kids in the Rotunda performance this year, the Black Star Drum Line will be joined by youth DJs, dancers, drill teams, rappers and musical performers for a showcase of some of Madison’s best youth urban arts programs.