About the Artists
Playing from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
In the Sound Stage Theatre
BJ Griffin, born in Detroit Michigan just a few houses down from Hitsville U.S.A (the home of Motown), is a singing cellist with a ton of music to give to the world…….
BJ grew up in Virginia Beach, VA where he was a member of the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra and other community programs. While in these groups, he performed in various places nationally as well as internationally including China and Greece. He went on to study at James Madison University as a music education, cello performance, and music industry major. In addition to his cello studies, he began his singing career at JMU as a soloist with the all male a capella group Exit 245 where he performed up and down the east coast.
After James Madison University BJ moved to New York City gigging as a free-lance cellist. BJ also became a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. There, where he taught lessons, coached sectionals, and performed in faculty recitals. While at Interlochen he explored singing and playing cello at the same time and debuted a composition as a singing cellist at a faculty composers recital in 2011.
Since then, BJ has pioneered different ways to express the art of singing and playing the cello at the same time. He spends his time performing as a solo artist and assembling diverse ensembles to carry out his vision of mixing classical, jazz, and pop music in hopes of breaking the barriers between the genres. In addition to the genre-bending musical projects, Bj also is a singer/songwriter. He has been a finalist in the Sea Level Singer-Songwriter competition and he has performed his music for several tv and internet specials.
BJ formed a band in 2013 called BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove. He also teamed up with long time friend and pianist Jason Brown creating the BJ Griffin Duo. With his band and duo, BJ has a full performance schedule. The band appeared as the supporting act for artists like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Smash Mouth, and the duo recently opened up was most recently the opening act for Lionel Richie.
BJ has been featured in Virginian Pilot, Coastal Virginia Magazine and other media outlets including several local television stations. In addition to his active performance schedule, BJ is the owner and founder of the music school Galaxy Music in Virginia Beach, VA. As a performer, BJ lives to expand the boundaries of musicians of all genres to a broader audience and conjure even more possibilities to spread the joy of learning and performing music.
Rare Mixx Band
Playing from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
On the Mainstage
The Rare Mixx band is a veteran 8-member showband comprised of musical artists and distinct vocalists that cover a wide variety of memorable artists and a vast mixx of nostalgic songs. Truly making this band’s most notable attribute its unmatched variety. The RareMixx band is known for their ability to move you with music and talent that will bring down the house every time.
From small intimate weddings to city events drawing thousands, the RareMixx band has performed all over the Greater Hampton Roads Area including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Williamsburg. We’ve also performed in Richmond, the Carolinas, and South of the Border. No matter the size or venue, the RareMixx band always leaves the crowd chanting, “one more song!”
The “Rare Mixx Band” will add swing to your wedding, pizzazz to your corporate parties and events and will make you bar/bat mitzvahs unforgettable. The RareMixx members are professional, seasoned performers. Having performed thousands of shows, their finely tuned talent assures your event is a hit. RareMixx carries its own state-of-the-art sound and lighting production with its own professional sound and lighting engineers. For your convenience all details for each event is coordinated with the venue and event contacts.
We use wireless sound technology so that there is no need for big, ugly sound equipment and wires that distract from you, your family, and your event. Wireless microphones allow direct access to the crowd making your party interactive and high octane. So come sing with us! Introduction of the wedding party and emcee services are included.