Marco Opera Fest


The independent hip-hop music tour RiverKings 2 Tour will bring a exciting addition to the 2017 Midtown Opera Festival. Memphian Marco Pavé and New Orleans' Alfred Banks will offer sounds of music's young genre to one it's oldest styles. Alongside Pavé and Banks, 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. Opera Memphis received a development grant from Opera America for the groundbreaking performance.

Who: River Kings at the Opera
What: hip-hop and opera
When: Thursday, April 6th at 9:00pm
Where: Playhouse on the Square, 66 Cooper Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

"This is an exciting opportunity to spotlight hip hop as more than dispensable as we connect it with a centuries old genre," explained Marco Pavé. "Hip hop is storytelling, which is as old as the griot who spoke wisdom to his village. I think the audience will see the names and turn of phrases may have changed but humans still sing about the same topics. The essence of our human struggle for love and success, our strife and turmoil in everyday life, it's all there. It's going to be a special night as this show tears down the boundaries between what is considered high art and popular music. It's all music and we can all bask in its beat."

River Kings at the Opera will also feature DJ WyzLyfe, Sam Shoup, Kenneth Alexander II, Roben X, Juju Bushman, 100 Percent Audio, plus Wyzlights and Sound. Marco Pave and Alfred Banks will continue after the Memphis performance with their 18 city River Kings 2 Tour featuring dates throughout the southeast the south and up the east coast.
Opera Memphis’ fifth annual MIDTOWN OPERA FESTIVAL takes place March 31-April 9 at Playhouse on the Square. The Festival is anchored by three intimate operas, all by living American composers: John Musto's Later the Same Evening, Jake Heggie's Three Decembers, and Hilliard & Boresi's Blue Viola. Each opera is preceded by an Opera Prelude providing insight into the story, characters, and music we'll experience. After the opera, the audience is invited to remain in their seats for a Talk Back with the artists and creative team. Surrounding the operas, we've curated world of additional events, called Fringe Events, that are designed to deepen your experience, highlight something new, or expand the definition of what an opera festival can be. For cor a complete schedule visit

Ticke can be obtained through Opera Memphis Box Office

About River Kings 2 Tour Artists

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.

Alfred Banks - 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 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.