A lineup of LGBT-friendly musical artists is scheduled to perform in the city of Miami Beach all month long in March at a concert series originally scheduled to run alongside Winter Party, which was canceled due to a surge of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“Miami Beach Live!” will activate the Lummus Park area of South Beach and the beachfront between 10th to 13th streets each weekend in March starting on Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 27.

Musical performances will cover a range of musical genres from dance to pop to international and symphonic Broadway. Among the scheduled performers are Grammy-nominated Wilson Phillips and Jon Batiste, Grammy award winner Alanis Morissette, Colombian superstar Juanes and Broadway sensation Bernadette Peters.

The entire month will feature daytime programming, Friday night movies, Saturday evening concerts and Tasty Sundays with prix fixe menus at some of Miami Beach’s best-known restaurants.

“We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community,” said Melissa Berthier, director of the Office of Marketing and Communications in the City of Miami Beach.

Four-time, Grammy-nominated trio Wilson Phillips will headline the opening weekend of “Miami Beach Live!” on Saturday, March 5. British 80s pop act Erasure was scheduled to be the original headliners but the group cited “circumstances beyond their control” for pulling out of the event.

Erasure canceled a number of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their appearance at “Miami Beach Live!” on March 5.

Wilson Phillips is expected to perform number-one hits like “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love.” The performers are known for their sparkling harmonies and memorable appearance in the blockbuster motion picture, “Bridesmaids,” which brought the group a whole new generation of fans.

Wilson Phillips also starred in the TV Guide Network reality show, “Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On.” The Wilson Phillips album, “Dedicated,” pays tribute to the famous parents of band members Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson with songs from The Beach Boys and The Mamas and Papas.

On March 12, seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist chartbuster Alanis Morissette, takes to the stage of “Miami Beach Live!” The Canadian-born Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album sold 30 million copies and became the highest-selling debut album worldwide.

Jon Batiste, this year’s most Grammy-nominated artist, will play prior to Morissette. The high-energy bandleader on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” earned a whopping 11 Grammy nominations in seven fields, more than any other artist.

Colombian superstar Juanes, the chart-topping “Camisa Negra” Latin rocker is up on March 19. His debut album, “Fijate Bien,” brought Juanes the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in a musical career that catapulted him to global acclaim as one of the most important Latin music artists in the world. Juanes has earned 20 Latin Grammy Awards.

Genre-bending orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble, young Cuban sensation Cimafunk and Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas will take the stage prior to Juanes.

Broadway sensation, actress and author Bernadette Peters closes out “Miami Beach Live!” on Saturday, March 26 with an opening performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell. One of the best-known Broadway performers, Peters is also known to television and movie audiences.

Lissette Arrogante, director of Tourism & Culture for the City of Miami Beach, is the one who put the lineup for “Miami Beach Live!” together.

“‘Miami Beach Live!’ is more than a concert series. It is a thoughtfully curated month-long event that includes movies, concerts, health and wellness activations and family-friendly programming,” Arrogante said. “In addition, the City of Miami Beach’s Tourism and Culture Department, together with Tom Bercu Presents, has programmed wide-range activities that cater to Miami Beach residents and tourists alike.”

Arrogante said the City of Miami Beach wanted to create a multi-cultural and diverse concert series.

“From pop to Broadway, we have provided something for everyone to enjoy,” she said. “This is the first year the city is programming the month of March. We are proud of the activations we are presenting and look forward to the opportunity of growing and developing ‘Miami Beach Live!’ into an annual event.”

Tickets for all “Miami Beach Live!” concerts are available through Ticketmaster or visit http://www.miamibeachlive.com.


Courtesy of Miami Gay News.

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