Miami Beach Centennial Concert CelebrationMarch 22 – 26, 8th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Wyclef Jean, Flo Rida, and Gloria Estefan ended Miami Beach’s centennial celebration on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 with performances at Hard Rock’s Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival. Stretching into 2 am of the following morning, the performances ended the week-long fêtes of FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach and 100 Hour of Miami Beach Centennial Celebration.

Fashion shows by Liliana Montoya, Perry Ellis, Cubavera, celebrity stylist Calyann Barnett, and Style Mafia wowed the audiences with their latest Spring and Summer designs while international fashion house, Dior, revealed their latest scent and commercial for the Miss Dior campaign starring Natalie Portman. Each of the events was open to the public with Peroni and Menin Hospitality providing complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

With the slogan, “This is how we celebrate”, Miami Beach, from the 22nd to the 26th, engaged in different forms of celebration to commemorate the city’s centennial. The 100-hour non-stop countdown celebration, leading up to the Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival 2015, engaged the public in free events that included fitness demonstrations on the beach, FUNKSHION fashion shows, a mass wedding, tennis exhibitions, Jackie Gleason TV marathons and lots of music.

The Rising Miami Beach concert had performances by Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, Wyclef, Flo Rida, DJ Irie, Dave Mason, Jon Secada, Third World, Mariana Vega, Ky-Mani Marley, Cabas, Nicole Henry, Marlow Rosado, Fantine, Terrell Carter, Kēvens, Afrobeta, & many more of the world’s leading artists. Taking place right on the sand between 8th and Ocean Drive, the celebration aimed to not only celebrate Miami Beach’s birthday but to create awareness of the critical issue of rising tides, climate change initiatives and the importance of environmental protection.

Like always, Miami Beach had a couple of surprises in store for the audience. Accompanying Gloria Estefan was Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, who played bongos as Estefan sang Mi Tierra. Estefan also brought to the stage her daughter, Emily Estefan, and sang a KC and the Sunshine Band mash-up duet. After this performance, an intricate and elaborate fireworks show took place across the black Miami sky. A truly magical array of aesthetic colors and sparks, reflecting the magic of the Magic City.

Emily Estefan wasn’t the only rising artist, Wyclef Jean brought out Fantine, who helped him perform one of the anthems of Cuban son, Buena Vista Social Club’s Chan Chan. Acknowledging Miami Beach’s history, especially its blend with Cuban culture, a Bronx-born rising star paid tribute to the city’s historical event through a rendition of Guantanamera. Flo Rida ended the night’s performance with backup dancers and uplifting finale. #‎HardRockRising ‪#‎MiamiBeach100 @MiamiBeach100

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