Florida is known for its vibrant music scene. With all the top touring acts insisting on making a South Florida stop, we have access to the best music available. This month you’ll have a chance to bang your head and lift your hands as some of the most popular artists in Christian music appear in concert. From a fairground to an elegant theater, where the concert is held is as much a part of the experience as the artists who are appearing. There is nothing like experiencing music live. Grab your wife, your kids or your neighbors and make plans to attend one or all of these area concerts.
Only the South Florida skies can contain the incredible vocal range of this four-time Dove Award Female Artist of the Year. Songs like Perfect People, Greatness of Our God, Desert Song, What Are You Waiting For and There Is a God, have rocketed Natalie Grant to the top of the charts. She is a dynamo of energy on stage and she can hold the last note of a worship song before it fades into the distance.
The Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition is a long title for what has become known over the past sixty years as “the fair”. One of the largest in the country, almost 700,000 people will enjoy the roller coasters, kiddie rides, game, fair specialties like cotton candy and elephant ears, agricultural competitions, a daily Mardi Gras parade and free live Culture including the Natalie Grant concert. This year a special Ultimate LIVE! Experience Package will include fair admission, ride tickets, preferred concert seating and a meet & greet opportunity with Natalie.
Concert Details: March 19 at 9:00 p.m. Buy Tickets at www.FairExpo.com
If you attend church, listen to the radio, and your windows are close to your neighbor’s shower, you are probably familiar with the songs of Chris Tomlin. This slight man with the powerful voice and the ability to write even more powerful lyrics has penned such perennial worship favorites as How Great is Our God, Holy is the Lord, Made to Worship, I Will Rise, Jesus Messiah, God of This City, Our God, and off his latest project And If God Is For Us… I Will Follow. He even took on the daunting task of “updating” the classic Amazing Grace. His effort, Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone), was nominated for GMA song of the year and revived interest not only in John Newton’s song but the life of British abolitionist William Wilberforce. Join thousands of believers in singing worship for the Creator while basking in His creation.
Cruzan Amphitheatre at South Florida Fairgrounds
Since it’s opening, what is currently known as the Cruzan Amphitheatre has undergone several name changes. Initially dubbed the Sony Blockbuster Coral Sky Amphitheatre, most natives just called it Coral Sky in recognition of the incredible sunsets visible from the west-facing seats. Over the years, sponsorships with Mars Music, Sound Advice and presently Cruzan Rum have necessitated name changes, but what hasn’t changed is the opportunity this amphitheatre affords audiences to enjoy great music under balmy South Florida skies. With scheduled concerts ranging from country to pop to rock, this amphitheatre promises a gorgeous backdrop to Tomlin’s signature worship songs as thousands of believers come together for an incredible night of worship.
Concert Details: Friday, March 25, 2011 7:30 p.m.
Buy Tickets at www.LiveNation.com
Superchick with Manafest
Five number one songs on the charts, close to three quarters of a million albums sold, Grammy nomination for Best Rock or Rap album, and their music featured in more movies, television shows and video games than you can shake a drumstick at, nearly a decade after they rocked their way on to the music scene, Superchick is a crowd favorite for mainstream and Christian audiences. Manafest, known only to his mom as Chris Greenwood, is a Christian rapper from Toronto. After coming to the attention of Trevor McNevan of TFK, Manafest signed with BEC Recordings and hip-hop hasn’t been the same. Numerous GMA Canada Covenant awards and Dove nominations don’t begin to equal the enthusiasm Manafest inspires in an audience.
Manuel Artime Theater
Owned and operated by the City of Miami, this jewel of a theater in Little Havana is close to downtown. The theater is named for a Cuban-American leader of the Brigade 2506 land forces during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.With a seating capacity of 900 and state of the art acoustics, this venue provides just the intimacy and the range of experience a tour like this needs. This is the perfect venue to invite friends who would never darken the door of a church but who will enjoy this loud and edgy show with a clear message of hope.
Concert Details: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 7:00pm Buy Tickets at www.iTickets.com.