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Cellist/Singer Ben Sollee To Play Hastings' Purple Crayon

Singer/songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee will perform at the Purple Crayon in Hastings on July 19.
Singer/songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee will perform at the Purple Crayon in Hastings on July 19. Photo Credit: Purple Crayon
Tarrytown's Nicolette Schoen and Jen Fischer will open for cellist Ben Sollee at the Purple Crayon.
Tarrytown's Nicolette Schoen and Jen Fischer will open for cellist Ben Sollee at the Purple Crayon. Photo Credit: Purple Crayon

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Singer/songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee brings his unique talents to Hastings-on-Hudson for a performance at the Purple Crayon on July 19.

Sollee, a Kentucky native, composer, producer and environmental activist, recently produced his CD "Half Made Man", which showcases his ability to merge folk, classical, pop and R&B genres.

“[The cello is] as versatile as a Swiss army knife, but maintains a distinct voice," Sollee said. "So, when I was bouncing back and forth between my institutional life of studying classical and the vernacular music of my family and friends, like R&B, folk, and rock, the cello was always there for me.”

Opening for Sollee will be Nicolette Schoen and Jen Fischer, a local duo from Tarrytown who attend the Berklee College of Music and recently performed at a Purple Crayon open mic night. Sollee uses his art and "legs" to raise awareness of the amount of energy we use to travel by often riding a bicycle to performances with his cello strapped over his shoulder. He says the mode of transportation is a “reasonable response to the super-human-paced touring that us musicians find ourselves compelled to do." "I’ve been able to experience and be a part of communities that before, traveling by plane, train and car, I was just passing by," Sollee said. Information and tickets for Sollee's appearance are available on the Purple Crayon website.

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