Friday, March 27
The Roots of Fusion: Like other great discoveries, musical genres are never possible until someone uncovers them. It's time to rediscover the wonders of fusion, the mixture of jazz, funk and rock music. What sounds unlikely on paper comes to life with incredible perfection in concert. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, is sponsoring the “Roots of Fusion” concert. Come check out the ultimate performance feature fusion legends such as Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Brian Blade. Ticket prices range from $85 to $125. The concert starts tonight at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.
Saturday, March 28
Jazz in the Gardens: It’s that time of year again. The annual Jazz in the Gardens festival returns to the Dolphin Stadium, at 2269 N.W. Dan Marino Blvd in Miami Gardens. Hosted by Tom Joyner, this year’s event features artists such as Anthony Hamilton, Erykah Badu, and Common on Saturday, March 28, and Babyface, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and Kenny G. on Sunday, March 29. All artists are guaranteed to perform, rain or shine. Tickets range from $30 to $90. For more information, please call 305-622-8043 or visit www.jazzinthegardens.com.
William Stewart's Percussion Workshop: Although many people prefer to keep this information to themselves, not every person of color was born with rhythm, that mysterious, but necessary ability that allows you to constantly find the beat. No worries, because now William Stewart, former lead drummer for the international reggae band Third World, will show you how! From 5:30 to 7 p.m., enjoy a friendly, group learning environment at the Screen Post, 3500 15th Street in Lauderhill. The session costs $20. For more information, please call 954-802-4291.
Don “D.C.” Curry: The veteran comedian, Don “D.C.” Curry comes to the stage of the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St. #182 in Coconut Grove, today, Saturday and Sunday. For ticket prices and show times, please call 305-441-8200.
Thursday, April 6
Kristen Ashburn – I Am Because We Are: Kristen Ashburn, an award-winning photojournalist, presents her book of images, I Am Because We Are.’’ The book is made up of images of her work in Malawi, and follows the lives of eight Malawian children. It reveals the reality of the AIDS pandemic throughout southern Africa. The novel is actually a companion piece to a recently released documentary of the same name. The event will be held at the Books and Books, 265 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables, and will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 305-442-4408.
Saturday, April 11
Afro-Cuban All-Stars: The Afro-Cuban All-Stars come to the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, the Buena Vista Social Club founder, better known as “the Quincy Jones of Cuba,” brings together 16 of the hottest names in Latin music for a single concert. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25 to $75. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.
Thursday, April 16
Alvin Ailey American Dance: When Alvin Ailey founded his famed company in 1957, one wonders if he knew how famous and influential it would become? The company, now known as the “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” is currently on an international tour to celebrate its 50th anniversary! Come see exactly why the famed company is so renowned as it performs at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Every night's performance will highlight a new dance number, but all performances will include Ailey's choreographic masterpiece, “Revelations.” The show will run from April 16 until April 19. Ticket prices range from $20 to $120. For more information, please call 305-673-7300.
Photo: Kenny Garrett