MIAMI — From actress Jasmin Guy in Raisin’ Cane to Alvin Ailey-trained dancers featured in an eclectic mix of styles from TU Dance, visitors to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center can view an array of talent this arts season.
Center officials say the venue’s 2014-2015 season of performances offers an array of entertainment options in dance, music, theater, family shows as well as the finest Broadway touring productions.
One of the shows features Trinidadian trumpet player Etienne Charles, who performs in Miami for the first time at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the center, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. His performance is part of the Miami Nice Jazz Festival.
Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation, Charles brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the table. He is hailed by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism.” Charles plays from his latest recording Creole Soul, which received worldwide critical acclaim for its fusion of root grooves from the Afro-Caribbean.
The band includes: Etienne Charles trumpet; Brian Hogans, alto sax; Victor Gould piano; Alex Wintz, guitar; Ben Williams, bass; Obed Calvaire, drums; special guests Leon Foster Thomas, percussion and steel pan; Keith ‘Designer’ Prescott, vocals; and Roger George, vocals. Opening act will be the University of Miami Frost School of Music Jazz Sextet.
SMDCAC promises the new season will have more performances, more artists and more unique experiences than ever before. There is something for everyone. Patrons can choose from an incredible lineup in the 961-seat main stage theater.
This season the main stage features two touring Broadway productions, Guys and Dolls and Jekyll and Hyde as well a theatrical production of Raisin’ Cane starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio. Culture Shock Miami will present a graphic novel story The Intergalactic Nemesis and comedy acts also take the stage with the Chicago-style improve group The Second City as well as the hilarious singing drag trio The Kinsey Sicks with their production of America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!
Exceptional productions in dance on the main stage include: Noche Flamenca with Soledad Barrios (Flamenco), Urban Bush Women (Contemporary Dance), Ballet Memphis (Presented by Culture Shock Miami) (Ballet), Alonzo King Lines Ballet (Ballet), Step Crew (Irish Step Dancing) and TU Dance (Contemporary Dance).
Highlights in music on the main stage include: world music powerhouse Zap Mama performing with Antibalas (the band from the Broadway production of FELA), and if you love great Prohibition era jazz as well as jazz from the 30s and 40s don’t miss The Hot Sardines (Miami Nice Jazz Festival).
Family-friendly shows at SMDCAC include large-scale spectacles like Peking Acrobats from China and Mummenschanz from Switzerland (mime, masks, theater) as well as productions like Dino-Light which use light wire to create beautiful visual effects.
SMDCAC brings back its acclaimed Cabaret Series which allows patrons to get up close and personal with table seating and service in the 130-seat Black Box Theater and features jazz, comedy and burlesque shows. And, back for its second year, Black Creek Nights offers local, national and international bands, food and drinks in a unique indoor/outdoor dance party atmosphere. Black Creek Night opens in November with Ukrainian punk band Dakhabrakha!
Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 786-573-5300 or online at SMDCAC.org. Subscriptions are currently available for certain main stage shows. For more information on subscriptions visit the Center’s web site or call the box office.