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Performing Artists of Richmond's Dîner en Blanc 2017

The inaugural Diner en Blanc-Richmond was a huge success and we would like to give a huge THANK YOU to the musicians and performers who added to the magic of the evening. 

Victor Haskins

Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator. Victor Haskins has worked directly with a diverse cross-section of masters of improvised music, including, but not limited to, Craig Handy (Herbie Hancock), Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Lonnie Liston-Smith, Jason Moran, and Phil Wiggins. Victor brings a one-of-a-kind, unique spirit and perspective to all that he does in life. This worldly approach to life is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings and traveling extensively. Through music, Victor is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences. Some notable highlights from Mr. Haskins’ career thus far include the creation of his own improvisational concept--Melodic Improvisation--as well as an independently conceived musical genre that is based on that concept, called ImproviStory. He released his debut album of all original compositions-- "The Truth"--on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013. In 2012, Haskins was invited as a special guest teacher and performer at the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp in Izmir, Turkey. He has been the Director of the Jazz Outreach program for the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts National Symphony Orchestra Education Department since its inception in 2014. Victor is currently (2016) the Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary. Haskins has also been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011, 2016), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). In addition, some of Victor's activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Victor holds a Jazz Studies/Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the 4-year music program in only 3 years (the first and only person to ever accomplish this feat). 

Deanna Danger / Lottie Ellington of "The Boomettes,"
Instructors, Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio

The Boomettes are Richmond's kitschy, sassy and adorable dance troupe of Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio. Inspired by Richmond's Historic, Byrd Theatre's chorus line "Byrdettes" dance troupe, The Boomettes are choreographed by Headmistress, Deanna Danger and perform both neo-burlesque hilarity and classic style with vintage vaudeville appeal! They have performed in several of Virginia's finest theaters, including the Altria Theater (formerly the Mosque Theater), the Byrd Theatre and CenterStage in Richmond, the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, and the State Theater in Alexandria! Formed in 2012, the Boomettes have appeared in the 2014 Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, the 2017 Smokey Mountain Burlesque Festival, and at the 2017 Elbys Awards presented by Richmond Magazine. Headmistress "Deanna Danger" is the reigning "Best Burlesque Performer" in Style Weekly, as well as 2016 Richmond "Entertainer of the Year," and Lottie Ellington, known as "The Twerking Teacher," is the 2015 Michigan BurlyPicks "Master of Assels." The pair can be found all over the state of Virginia teaching the art of the tease, and aim to #EmpowerEducateExcite generations of ecdysiasts for years to come!


The Gold Duo


The Gold Duo are a dynamic duo, on and off the stage, Matt and Treesa Gold have been adding personality and style to a wide variety of events for close to two decades.  Both graduates of the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, they have the privilege of playing with the Richmond Symphony on a regular basis. And though they met and fell in love under the umbrella of classical music, their shared love for rocking out in all genres has led them far outside of the bubble of the concert hall.  Just as passionate playing Mozart operas as they are hip hop covers, these two have been adding their special flair to violin and bass together while touring with rock bands and while performing chamber music right here in Richmond.  They have recently taken a break from touring, as they have added a new member to their ensemble, their one-year old daughter Kit, who already has a great love for all things music.

RVA HoopLovers -
RVA Hoop Lovers, are a home-grown, community-driven hoop dance group formed in 2010, for the sole purpose of spreading the Love of Hoop Dance through community events. This passionate volunteer based group can be found at events all throughout the year anywhere from large scale music festivals, to health and fitness nights at local area schools. They typically bring piles of hula-hoops to share with event goers and teach the difference between hula-hooping and treating a hoop like a dance partner. Though some of the Hoopers are individual performers, and professional dance instructors, as a collective, they are RVA Hoop Lovers and thrive with your participation. The Hoop Lovers will enhance any event that allows them to spread the love of healthy fun-filled, creative self-expression through their passion for Hoop Dance.

Kevin Davis and BanCaribe -
Their music is called “Clave Soul” a marriage of Afro-Cuban, Rhythm & Blues, Caribbean, & Afro-pop. The Clave is a rhythm pattern that dictates a distinctive pattern; collectively the two bars give the composition/arrangement a musical character. All of the percussion instruments including the piano must adhere to the assigned clave pattern. Kevin was inspired to create the “Clave Soul” sound from listening to the Rhythm & Blues of Sam Cooke and the Salsa music of Eddie Palmeri, Tito Puente, & the entire Fania All Stars family and recording artists. “The Drum Song”, which is one of his original compositions, illustrates the story of how the sound of the “Tambor/Drum” spoke to him. He was affectionately given names by his musical associates, which included The Doctor, Tata, Nuyorican, and Babatunde which means “The Father Returns”. His interpretation of “Clave Soul” is the replacement of the traditional drum set of Rock and Roll with the Latin percussion ensemble of timbales, congas, bongos, maracas, and claves. The strum of the guitar chords spices it up, and the harmonic chants fortify the groove.


DJ Nobe captures the essence of being a versatile DJ. His sets consist of a blend of funk, soul, r&b, disco, house, hip-hop, and all mixed with an equal share of classic jams and modern day hits. He always lets his passion for music take him to new places.

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