Tuesday, January 17, 2012

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents Blues Superstar Keb’ Mo’ The Reflection Tour

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South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) presents three-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ on Saturday, Februrary 4 at 8pm. The center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay, FL. Tickets are $35, $25, $15 ($5 tickets CultureShockmiami.com for ages 13-22). $5 off orchestra level seats for students, seniors and active military service members. For tickets call 786-573-5300 or visit http://www.smdcac.org/.

The Reflection is the first new studio album by Keb’ Mo’ since Suitcase in 2006. These twelve songs are the product of an important period of personal and professional growth for the artist formerly known as Kevin Moore. In that time, he started a new family; moved from Los Angeles to Nashville; built a state–of–the–art home studio, and founded his own label, Yolabelle International, distributed by Ryko and the Warner Music Group.

Keb’ Mo’ is a three-time Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and a key figure in the acclaimed 2003 PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. But The Reflection is not, in essence, a blues album. In sound and spirit, it’s closer to the work of African-American "folk soul" singer/songwriters like Bill Withers, Bobby
Womack, and Terry Callier.

Indeed, tracks like "My Shadow" and "Crush On You" would have fit neatly into Urban radio’s "Quiet Storm" format at almost any time during the past 25 years. The Reflection
brings together all of this singular artist's diverse influences – pre-disco R&B, American folk and gospel, rock, blues, and more – in a sound that is truly and uniquely his own.
"I worked on this record for the better part of two years," says Keb’. "It took me some time as this was an educational process for me and my engineer John Schirmer. I didn’t
want to let it go until I had something that I was proud to share with the public. It’s the culmination of all of my influences throughout my career."

Through all the changes of the past several years, Keb’ Mo’ found time to play a couple of hundred shows on several continents. He composed and recorded music for the acclaimed TNT series "Memphis Beat," starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodward.
And he wrote some of the best songs of his career for The Reflection – material strong enough to attract such notable guests as country music superstar Vince Gill ("My Baby’s Tellin’ Lies"),nouveau–soul chanteuse India Arie ("Crush On You"), saxophonist Dave Koz ("One Of These Nights"), and veteran session guitarist David T. Walker ("All The Way," "The Reflection," "The Whole Enchilada").


·         Jan 26: Band of the United States Air Force Reserve Feb 18: Evidence, A Dance Company - On Earth Together, with music by Stevie Wonder
·         Feb 4: Keb Mo
·         Feb 23: The Langston Hughes Project “Ask your Mama” 12 Moods for Jazz, performed by The Ron McCurdy Quartet W/ Multimedia
·         March 17: James Cotton, "Superharp"
·         March 31: Abraham.In.Motion - Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director
·         April 21: Turtle Island Quartet - A Love Supreme, The Music of John Coltrane

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design
team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates,
Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research
Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and
community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County.

The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who
was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic
light wall and sculptures for the theater. The Center is an integral part of the economic and
cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County
Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade
County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting
and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade
County community.

About the Building
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means. The facility includes 966 seat state-of-the- art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.). The site also includes an activities building which houses lab / experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms,  rehearsals, and small-scale performances. A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities. The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s award-winning public art collection.  Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning.  The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust,  the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council. 
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