River Kings at The Opera is a collection of five operas/performances designed to showcase the art of hip hop and connect it to the tradition of opera, which doesn't usually experience hip-hop or the lives that hip-hop artists are describing. River Kings at The Opera is also part of a larger tour, The River Kings 2 Tour with Marco Pavé and Alfred Banks.
Marco Pavé is Project Pat meets KRS-One, spitting an urban country consciousness with a confidence that could only emerge from coming of age as a Muslim millennial in North Memphis. As a rapper and songwriter, Marco Pavé appeals to a diversity of rap enthusiasts, from purists to radio lovers to hipsters, with a soulful style of hip-hop storytelling and community engagement that appeals to racially and geographically diverse millennial audiences. As a sought-after public speaker in community and university contexts, he lectures on hip-hop and conducts workshops on hip-hop and social justice. Marco Pavé has opened for Mobb Deep, Waka Focka Flame, and Young Dolph, worked with Grammy award winning producers, and his most recent EP not only hit #2 on the CMJ charts, but the led single from the project, "Black Tux" was also featured on Beats 1 Radio with Ebro Darden, and the video premiered on mtvU. Marco also has delivered two TEDx talks (Memphis, Nashville) and performed at festivals, colleges, and clubs all to great responses.
With a fresh pair of sneakers on & a scarf tied around his mic, Alfred Banks adds a touch of individualism to Hip-hop. From his reputation for his energetic live shows to his never ending hustle, Alfred seems to have found the formula for success. Alfred has also earned the opportunity to open up The Red or Blue Pill Tour w/ XXL Freshman Mickey Factz covering 15 cities. Complex Magazine caught wind of these accomplishments and featured Alfred on their list of “10 Up-coming Emcees from New Orleans”. National Hip hop blog DJBooth.net followed suit & featured Alfred on their list of "Top 5 Indie Rapper Spotlight from Louisiana”. Most recently Alfred’s song “Homecoming” was the soundtrack to Volkswagen’s Polo Beats by Dre ad campaign which also featured him in the commercial alongside longtime producer CZA.