The Boulevard Ensemble


Yo Durham, have you heard about The Boulevard Ensemble?

They are a new twist. They take modern music; the first track I heard them do was Metallica’s Enter Sandman, and put a big band spin on it. I loved their take on this heavy metal classic from the moment the first keys are tickled.

Appearing with a varying cast that ranges from four to ten players, the core players are Geoff Register, Tom Rau, and Noah Sager. (Full disclosure: we like these guys!)

Check them out doing Beyonce’s Single Ladies here.

This video shot in Durham was produced, co-directed and edited by Mikel Barton, and co-directed, by Steve Milligan and Ismail Abdelkhalek, director of photography.

The Boulevard Ensemble’s repertoire also includes Daft Punk, The Beatles, Radiohead.

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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