Shea’s Performing Arts Center will present “Collision of Rhythm,” the first installment of the “Shea’s Family Series,” at Shea’s 710 Theatre. “Collision of Rhythm” is on stage at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. It is supported by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Tickets start at $5.50 and are available through sheas.org or Shea’s box office.
The duo of Aaron Williams and Bronkar Lee will rotate among 17 instruments to present interactive, dynamic performances for all ages. They have worked with companies such as GoPro, Coca Cola and Google, and have been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “America’s Got Talent,” and Super Bowl commercials. Both have achieved internet fame with “rhythmic” viral videos – Williams, through his virtuosic rendition of “Mario on Marimba” (over 100 million views); and Lee, as the “Beatbox Dad,” through a video of him beatboxing with his son (more than 200 million views).
With drumming, tap dancing, rhythmic juggling, marimba, piano, saxophone, flute, and so much more, the show has been described as “ ‘Stomp’ meets Blue Man Group meets Cirque du Soleil.” The pure joy that music and rhythm has instilled within these two humans is extended to every audience member throughout the performance.
“Western New York audiences will be delighted by the energetic virtuosity that Aaron and Bronkar will bring to Shea’s 710 Theatre’s stage. Between the two of them, they play a multitude of instruments, which is an incredible sight to see. Not only is their talent boundless, but they’re also great at drawing out the musical talents of their audiences,” said Thembi Duncan, Shea’s director of arts engagement and education.
This production is the first in Shea’s new “Family Series,” a season of matinee, evening and weekend performances of touring companies from around the world. The “Shea’s Family Series” will include student matinees and family engagement opportunities.
“We are excited to launch our new ‘Shea’s Family Series’ with ‘Collision of Rhythm.’ This production is an expansion of our on-school-time model, which includes affordable, high-quality evening and weekend performances for families,” stated Michael G. Murphy, president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. “A huge thank you to Bank of America for recognizing the need and helping to fund our mission and being a steadfast partner of Shea’s. This year’s grant will go to support our family series programming, and ‘Collision of Rhythm,’ a captivating and inspiring show that families will enjoy.”
Tickets for “Collision of Rhythm” are on sale now at www.sheas.org.