Omar Phoenix Returns to Austin in Concert
After a sold-out weekend of explosive performances in January 2017, renowned violinist, singer, and show-stopping performer Omar Phoenix returns with an exhilarating experience in sound, energy, and passion, blending world, jazz fusion and electronic pop music. He and his band will perform fan favorites from Forever Red and Mirrors and Memories, as well as music from his newest album in progress, Bird of Paradise, along with some surprises that are sure to thrill audiences. Omar's self-taught style has made him an undisputed entertainer with a passion for the stage and a technique and showmanship on the electric violin, combining a classical influence with a Latin-jazz and Middle-Eastern flair and a sizzling hard-rock vibe.
From 2009 to 2013, Omar toured with nouveau flamenco guitarist and PBS staple BENISE on a three year world tour from Beirut, Lebanon to Beijing, China. He is also recognized as the violinist for local Latin-jazz sensation THE BREW and Austin's "Queen of Soul" TAMECA JONES. However, and most surprisingly to longtime fans of his music, he has also received local recognition as the four-year owner and operator of Phoenix K9 Training and Totally Pawz Dog Walking, helping the owners of dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages realize the best potential for their relationships with their pets.
Despite his recent successes with work based around his love for dogs, Omar recognized a resurgent need for a musical message that celebrates a love for humanity, spiritual unity, and LGBT equality and, after spending a year working in the studio on new music, decided that the time was right to bring his show back to the stage.
Joined by his five-piece band and backing vocalists, Omar Phoenix will perform three shows at 8:00 PM from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, at City Theatre, located at 3823 Airport Blvd, Austin, Texas 78722. Doors will open at 7:15 PM. Tickets are now available at www.citytheatreaustin.org. For more about Omar, visit www.omarphoenix.com.
OMAR PHOENIX is an undisputed entertainer with a passion for the stage and a technique and showmanship on the electric violin that earned him recognition as one of Austin's Top String Musicians for seven years in a row by the Austin Chronicle. As an openly gay artist, he got his start performing at clubs such as THE FORUM and RAIN and is also known for his work with local Latin-jazz sensation THE BREW and Austin's "Queen of Soul" TAMECA JONES. Moreover, he has shared the stage with artists such as Jose Feliciano, Spanish and pop superstar Enrique Iglesias, Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday ("Dreamgirls"), and 80s rock icons Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar. Omar's self-taught style, which combines a classical influence with a Latin-jazz and Middle-Eastern flair and a sizzling hard-rock vibe, earned him a spot as featured soloist with Dreamsound Orchestra on its world tour from 1998 to 2000. Most recently, Omar was also the violinist and singer for nouveau flamenco guitarist BENISE, performing all over the US as well as internationally from Beirut, Lebanon to Beijing, China.
To date, Omar has produced and released three full-length albums of original music, backed by an impressive roster of studio and live musicians and vocalists who also join him onstage as his live band. His catalog includes a "FOREVER RED" (released in 2005), "EXPERIENCE" (2007), and "MIRRORS AND MEMORIES" (2010), and he is now working on his fourth studio album, a neo-soul and electro-pop release due in 2018.