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Your Guide To The Arts In Atlanta

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Violin virtuoso Ken Ford headlines the Founder’s Day Concert this Friday at Morehouse College, along with warming sounds by Keeyen Martin. Playing the electric violin only seems fitting for Ford, with performances that captivate audiences like an electric storm. He’s a fixture in Atlanta’s scene, as well as a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pops Orchestra.

At nine years old, Ford’s passion for violin became evident — studying and playing classic sounds before later finding a new love in R&B, soul and American jazz. He grew up in a musical family and continues to share his passion with youth, teaching K-12 students across the nation through the Ken Ford Foundation.

Morehouse alumnus Keeyen Martin opens Friday’s show, freshly home from the Grammy Awards. The vocal powerhouse fills the air with sonic sweetness, one positive notion at a time. Soulful songs like “Suitcase” and “Girl I’m On the Way” can’t help but have listeners toe-tapping and feeling warm inside.