Fri 9/13 @ 7PM
Cleveland hip-hop artist Archie Green has become known for using his music to address mental health issues. That became a signature of sorts when the artist returned to Cleveland after getting a masters degree in music business at New York University, and coming to realize he was battling depression.
Since then a lot of his music has focused on being open about and confronting his own issues to let listeners, especially younger listeners know that they aren’t alone, that they can survive and overcome by facing whatever issues they’re dealing with.
One of his recent projects is called “My Violin Weighs a Ton,” a partnership with the Lexington-Bell Community Center in Hough with the goal of lifting up a younger generation. It culminates in a performance by LBCC students, Green and an eight-piece chamber ensemble at the Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall. Students will play a classical guitar version of the hit “Old Town Road;” Green and his CLASS Ensemble (Creatively Learning to Achieve Sustainable Success) will be performing songs from his upcoming EP I Like to Be Wierd [sic].
“It has been a goal of mine to bring hip-hop to Severance Hall for sometime now, as a fan of both rap and classical music,” says Green in the press release for the event. “My vision for ‘My Violin Weighs A Ton’ brings that dream to life, while also bringing a life-changing experience to all the Lexington-Bell students, their families and the arts & culture space in Cleveland as a whole.”
General admission tickets are $22.