Friday, January 1
Farah Juste: Legendary Haitian singer Farah Juste returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd in Miami, for her annual Haitian Independence Day Concert. Tickets cost $20 to $30. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.
Saturday, January 2
The Commodores: Make all the plans to turn a new leaf and start better habits for the New Year, but always make sure to enjoy the best music of yesterday. Keeping that in mind, come out to hear the Commodores in concert at the Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave in Miami, and groove to classic funk and R&B hits such as “Brick House,” “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady.” Ticket prices range from $25 to $45. The show starts at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 305-649-3000.
Tuesday, January 12
Freedom Train: Freedom Train is a play about the life and times of Harriet Tubman, the heroic woman whose nickname was Moses, and who led more than 300 enslaved Africans to freedom using the Underground Railroad – secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes. Through dance, dialogue and music of the period, Freedom Train tells an enduring story of self-sacrifice, survival and celebration of the human spirit – a universal story for all. Tickets are $6. The show starts at 10 a.m. at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, please call 954-462-0222 or log onto browardcenter.org.
Wednesday, January 13
Cyrus Chestnut Trio: By now, it’s universally recognized that the greatest material of the “King” – Elvis Presley – really consisted of sanitized versions of popular rhythm-and-blues hits of the day. Premiere jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut seeks to reclaim those hits with his concert, ‘Jazzin’ Elvis.’ Come and hear Chestnut and his trio at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, as they offer a fresh jazzy outlook on a variety of jazz standards and some of the most popular Elvis tunes. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $40. For more information, please call 954-462-0222 or log onto browardcenter.org.
Saturday, January 16
Groovealoo: OK, the name Groovealoo for a concert doesn’t sound like the coolest, cutting-edge, and entertaining hip-hop performance around, but the actual dancers, all winners from NBC’s “Superstars of Dance” competition, more than deliver. Part A Chorus Line, part Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, Groovaloo chronicles the true stories of its cast members’ struggles, hopes and triumphs through amazing dance numbers and powerful spoken word poetry. Ticket prices range from $29 to $49. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, please call 954-462-0222.
Thursday, January 21
Mariah Carey: Butterfly songbird Mariah Carey wings her way to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way near Hollywood at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $130, $100, $75 and $50. For more information, please call 954-797-5531 or log onto www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Photo: Farah Juste