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Bix Lux brings fresh violin sound to the Knick

One encounters a lot of disparate backstories when learning about musicians. It's not all "we practiced in our garage for eight years" or "I learned to program beats and bought a rhyming dictionary."

Take Big Lux, the classical-meets-hip-hop-flavored electric violinist performing Saturday in the Knickerbocker Music Center. Growing up in Westerly, he was a bit of a child prodigy on violin, graduated from West Point Military Academy and served across five continents and multiple war zones — with music serving as a therapeutic muse throughout.

"Generations" is the newest album from Big Lux, and the sounds seamlessly shift from romantic balladry to dance-floor groove to neo-Middle Eastern flow. His lyrics embrace activism and humanity and, after years living in Korea and Miami, Big Lux is now back in Rhode Island. This appearance should be an engaging introduction to a fresh, distinctive artist.

Bix Lux, 7 p.m. Saturday, Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly; $15 advance, $20 door,


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