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If you have an Art Basel visual arts overload, check out some artistic performances underway this week.

Groove Soul Band and steel pan master Leon Foster to perform in jazz concert

Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan’s Music in the Park concert featuring Groove Soul Band and Leon Foster Thomas will take place on Friday, December 6, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex, 3000 NW 199 St ., Miami Gardens.

The Palm Beach County-based Groove Soul Band opened for Najee at the Sunrise Theater and performed for soul singer Betty Wright and R&B singer Tank. The group were also honored to headline Bobby Jones at the Sunrise Theater. The Groove Soul Band is made up of singers, songwriters and musicians who blend blues, R&B, smooth jazz and Motown music.

Leon Foster Thomas is an international jazz musician and steel pan virtuoso whose music is a blend of his Caribbean roots with the harmonic and improvised complexities of jazz. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Music from Florida Memorial University and a Masters of Music from Florida International University. He has two solo albums to his credit; his latest release is called “Metamorphosis”, on Ropeadope Records.

For more information, call 305-474-3011.

WHO: Groove Soul Band and Leon Foster Thomas

WHAT: Music in the Park – Free Jazz and Blues Concert

WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, December 6

O: Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex – Amphitheater

3000 NW 199 St., Miami Gardens

Admission fee


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) continues its 12th season of internationally acclaimed Jazz Roots concerts with Ain’t No Stoppin ‘The Blues on Friday December 6 at the John S. and James Concert Hall L. Knight. The concert presents several GRAMMY Award

winners MAVIS STAPLES, the legendary icon of American gospel, and with the legendary electric blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite Band opening the evening.

“[Mavis Staples is] with a moving voice that deserves to be classified as a national treasure. ” – Billboard

“Harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite elevates the level of emotional expression of his instrument beyond even the masters he has learned.” – San Francisco Chronicle

WHO: Multi-GRAMMY Award winner Mavis Staples with the first part of the Charlie Musselwhite Band

WHAT: Roots Jazz Concert – Ain’t No Stoppin ‘The Blues

WHEN: Friday December 6 at 8 p.m.

O: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Miami-Dade County John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall – 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

ADMISSION: Tickets start at $ 45 and can be purchased by phone at 305-949-6722, online at arshtcenter.org, or in person at the Arsht Center box office, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd.

The Olympia Theater in Miami will present: “SIMPLY SIMONE: A TRIBUTE TO NINA SIMONE”

Singers Sarah Gracel-Anderson, Ja’Nia Harden, Toddra Brunson and Deana Butler-Rahming will bring theatergoers a full lineup of Nina Simone’s music during “Simply Simone: A Tribute to Nina Simone”. December 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Theater in Miami. The tribute is part of a free monthly “Lobby Lounge Jazz” series co-produced by Keith Clarke’s Miami Jazz and Film Society and Olympia, with support from sponsors.

For more information, contact 305-374-2444; olympiatheater.org; miamijazzsociety.com

WHAT: “Simply Simone: Tribute to Nina Simone”

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 11; the doors open at 6 p.m.

O: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami

Admission fee

Ada J. Kenney