One of the newest summer concert series, RVA Grooves at the Hippodrome, plans to showcase an eclectic mix of musical genres through its shows. Hailing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Maestro J, whose real name is James Racine, began playing violin when he was 4, and by his 20s had mastered the instrument and began leading and teaching others. Maestro J fell in love with teaching and often volunteered his time to help underprivileged youth learn to play. While Maestro J teaches full time, he also gets to playing shows. He’s shared the bill with artists such as Marsha Ambrosius, Jon B, Dru Hill, Al Jarreau, George Duke and Chaka Khan. He also recently released his neo-soul jazz album, “So Far,” on which he showcases the best of his talent. Maestro J performs at the Hippodrome Theater on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. $20. rvagrooves.com.
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