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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Returning to 54 Below for a 7th time by popular demand! When Rachel Handman (violin-The Music Man) and Keve Wilson (oboe- Company) first met at The Rink in Hyde Park, NY, they were 12 years old, fearless, and full of ambition. Fast forward through the years and this violin and oboe duo pushes the boundaries of musical genre — fusing classical virtuosity with the spontaneity of a bluegrass band, the electricity of a rock concert, and the familiarity of the American Songbook.

Rachel spent a year in Bolivia, performing string quartets by day and in Bolivian bars by night. Keve traveled to Europe as oboist with the Absolute Ensemble and learned how to Irish jig like a fiddler. Thirty years, one hot band, and hundreds of performances later, the two are taking what traditional classical instruments can do to the next level, not to mention weaving hilarious tales of their lifelong friendship between numbers.

Individually, they have recorded and/or performed with Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Merchant and more, and have played in numerous Broadway orchestras.

They are joined by the hottest rhythm section in NYC… Hidayat Honari, guitar, Marc Schmied, bass, and Mike Ramsey, drums.

Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.

Past Performances

  • Sun, May 21 :9:30 pm
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