SUMMIT, NJ - Steven Cantor, aka HeaveN BEATBOX, a one-person, tour de force vocal band, will present an exhilarating performance of vocal percussion when he closes out the Reeves Reed Arboretum's 2018 'Sounds of a Summer Night' concert series August 8, beginning at 7 p.m.
Beatboxing sees performers use their mouth, lips, and tongue to vocally replicate, create and mimic sounds and tell stories, and traces its origins back to Africa, hundreds of years ago, when certain African languages used clicks in the speech to speak. It first became popular in the U.S. around the jazz era with scatting, with Louis Armstrong on the mainstream level. In the late 70s and 80s, when hip-hop was starting to become relevant, it became more than a music genre, it became a street-wise lifestyle.
Cantor has been delighting audiences with his astounding beatboxing abilities and his magnetic and exuberant personality. Raised in Alpharetta, GA, he began beatboxing, vocally replicating, creating and mimicking sounds, at the age of 14. In 2012, HeaveN became the American Vice-Beatbox Champion, and has since gone on to represent the United States on two occasions at the World Beatbox Championships -- an extremely rare feat. He has also placed third at the Boss Loop Pedal World Championship. Cantor tours nationally and internationally, and recently appeared on Broadway as part of the ensemble of "In Transit." Fittingly, his last name is derived from the Latin word for “to sing,”
The Arboretum grounds open at 6 p.m. for concertgoers to picnic and the performance is from 7 - 8 p.m. Admission is free to Arboretum members due, in part, to underwriting support from Investors Bank. There is a $15 per person donation for non-members, $5 for students. Attendees are encouraged to bring their blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. The 'Sounds of a Summer Night' series is supported, in part, by Nick & Tracy McKee.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue.