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

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach Spring/Summer 2015March 22 – 26, 7pm-11pm – FUNKSHION Style Village, Between 11th and 12th Street, Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

In celebration of Miami’s 100th birthday, a five-day long event is being held by FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach that provides an inovative platform for established and emerging designers to showcase their collections. The unique environment created by Art Conductor, an organization which encourage and stimulates the flow on energy and creativity between the artist and thr community, captivates the attention, enriching and diversifying FUNKSHION into multidisciplinary experience.

Local Miami swimwear designer, Liliana Montoya kicked off Miami Beach Centennial Celebration on the evening of March 22nd with a VIP cocktail reception, followed by a runway show and after-party. Liliana Montoya Swimwear Show started at 9pm featuring Sevenfriday Watches, followed by the Original Penguin Fashion Show at 9:30pm, and ended with Cubavera Show at 9:45 p.m. DJ Orazio Rispo provided the music to get the evening into high gear.

Montoya is known for her flattering swimsuits of brilliant colors, with a style that is meant for every personality. Montoya’s newets and most in demand collection “Mermaids Destination HOLBOX” redefines the of feminine style and elegance in swimwear. Women will find themselves dancing at the water’s edge in this beautifully handcrafted, multicultural and textured “Mermaids” line. The appeal of the line can be found in the fine detail of design and quality of materials.

FUNKSHION also showcased onLoop, a new open messaging mobile app where you can share interests and make new friends.onLo op app for iOS debuted at SXSW 2015, with the Android version set for public launch in late March. Visitors to the onLoop Lounge can get a sneak preview of what the onLoop app is capable of.

Tri-County Animal Rescue-13th Annual Doggie BallSunday, March 22, 5pm-11pm – Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton

Chaired by Sharon DiPietro the 13th Annual Rescue Doggie Ball pre-gala event will flow with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres an expanded silent auction, a fabulous live band and a special area to showcase some of TCAR’s adoptable dogs. Guests will then roll into our fabulous fun-filled gala featuring a delectable dinner, another wonderfully entertaining live band, an exciting live auction and to top it off Boca West Country Club’s decadent dessert table. Proceeds from the Doggie Ball fund the annual operations of Tri-County Animal Rescue is a 100% no-kill non-profit 501 c (3) shelter. Over 3,000 dogs and cats are rescued each year from deplorable conditions, puppy mills. hoarding situations, backyard breeders and individual and abandoned cases, as well as rescuing from high-kill shelters before they are euthanized. To date we have rescued more than 41,000 since 1996. Tickets are $250 per person.

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BBQ, Booze & Blues Uvaggio Wine Bar Birthday BashSunday, March 22, 3pm-7pm - Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant, 70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Join Uvaggio for their birthday bash where ticket proceeds will also benefit the locally based, Buckham family. Their young daughter Isabella was recently diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor and although it has been removed she has been fighting with chemotherapy since late November 2014.

Attendees will gain access to the celebration behind Uvaggio to listen to live blues from Ferro’s Trio and enjoy BBQ dishes provided by Gordon Food Services that will be prepared by the restaurant’s very own, Season 5 Top Chef contestant Bret Pelaggi. Wine and beer from Jonathan Wakefield Brewery will be flowing throughout the backyard set-up where friends, family and new faces can cheers an impressive and fruitful first year in Miami to Owner, Craig DeWald, Head Sommelier/Managing Partner Heath Porter and Chef Bret Pelaggi. In honor of a successful first year, the restaurant will also unveil an exciting new series.

Wine distributors will include Vinecraft, Domaine Select, Premier Beverage, Stacole Fine Wines and August Wine Group/Small Vineyards. For those in need of a caffeine fix, Relentless Roasters will be pouring their home brew. Tickets cost $75 per person. #BirthdayBash  @UvaggioWine

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10th Annual Jazz In the Gardens Music FestivalMarch 21 & 22, 3pm-11:30pm – Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens

The City of Miami Gardens presented its 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival on March 21 & 22 at Sun Life Stadium. There was a massive turnout for the 10th Annual Jazz in the Garden. Hosted by D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley, the musical festival featured two days of entertainment by: Maxwell, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, RUN DMC, Men of Soul, Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, and local artists.

This an organized, well-attended explosion of entertainment. Arriving Saturday everything from the parking to the entrance was refreshingly organized and we were just in time to see Sheila E. She interacted with the audience as a singer, drummer, percussionist and guitarist. Best known for her 80′s hit “The Glamorous Life” and her association with Prince, Sheila E. reveals true talent and on stage. From Latin grooves to funky drumbeats and bass lines, she brought the crowd to life with raw skill and polished moves. Talented.

Saving ourselves for Sunday, we left before seeing the remaining acts. Entertainers continued to allure a thrilled crowd with performances by the talented Toni Braxton and headliner R. Kelly.

Arriving Sunday afternoon, crowds were already gathered and ready for a day of music. The fourth act on the bill was old school rap pioneer group RUN-DMC. The original 1980’s rap supergroup featuring Reverend Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons and Daryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels stormed the sweltering stage just as night fell. Their 45-minute set list was packed full of early hip-hop party anthems like,”You Be Illin”, “King Of Rock” and “It’s Tricky”. Classic.

Erykah Badu, the 44-year-old neo-soul singer/songstress entered the stage wearing her trademark headgear. In this case it was a oversized black Canadian mountie’s hat that looked like it was on loan from Pharell. Though her set started out slowly, Badu gathered musical momentum throughout her show with sing-along classics like,”Cleva”, “Bag Lady” and the crowd favorite,”Tyrone”. Miss Erykah Abi Wright had the predominantly female crowd singing along to every single lyric and eating out of the palm of her hand by the end of her time up onstage. Magic.

Which leads us to the Saturday headliner at the 10th Anniversary of Miami Jazz in the Gardens: Maxwell. After two songs, there was no question that the promoters knew exactly what they were doing in choosing him as the final act. He and his relatively small band flowed seamlessly through his smooth R & B catalog. A top-notch singing stage performer who worked the 35,000 person crowd like a professional without ever seeming like he was pandering or cheesy. Maxwell’s voice was in perfect shape. Able to soar from falsetto to scream (often times in the same song) his control and timbre are unmatched in modern music. Stellar.

With thousands of people in attendance, the crowd was mesmerized by spectacular performances and remained behaved, cool and even polite. A good day to be in the gardens. #JITG10 @JITG10 @jazzgardens

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson

Miller Lite HEAT Experience & Watch PartySunday, March 22, 2:30pm – Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3115 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale

The Ticket and Miller Lite are rewarding a special listener and their friends the ultimate Miller Lite HEAT Original Experience. Register to win a chance to play on the Miami HEAT court April 13th. Entourage included. Courtesy of Miller Lite, the original light pilsner. A proud partner of HEAT Nation.

Here’s how: Join Zaslow for the HEAT Pregame Live Broadcast at 2:30 pm at Bokampers in Fort Lauderdale followed by a HEAT Watch Party with Zaslow & Joy. Here you can register to win to play on the Court with The Ticket hosts and Miller Coors.

Plus, $3 Miller Lite drafts and 12 oz bottles from 7pm on as the Miami HEAT take on Oklahoma City. Prizes given away all night long and unbeatable beer specials only at Bokampers in Fort Lauderdale off of 32nd Ave! So Join Miller Lite and The Ticket on March 22nd and enter to win!

New Paella and Sangria Sundays at Ball and ChainSunday, March 22, 2pm – Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St, Miami

Join the new Sunday happenings at Ball & Chain. Every Sunday starting at 2pm Ball & Chain will be serving up authentic and delicious Paella paired with refreshing Sangria. This week Ball & Chain also features live music by The Jazhel Trio followed by a DJ set by the Haitian Hillbilly.

 

 

Sunday Social WMC Rooftop Pool PartySunday, March 22, 12pm-10pm - Congress Hotel South Beach, 1052 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

Sunday Social returns to where it all started 2 years ago! Oceanfront view, 6 stories in the sky, the beauty of Miami Beach all around you, and the best vibe imaginable. Join Sunday Social 2 year anniversary WMC edition at Congress Hotel South Beach. Lineup includes: Mark Starr, Donnie Lowe, Jeremy Ismael, Dan Carraway, Beki Powell, BassTian, Xpans, Brock Lambert, and surprise guest! Admission is $20.

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Miami Beach Concours d’EleganceSunday, March 22, 12pm-5pm, Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Rd, Miami Beach

The 1st Annual Miami Beach Concours will take place on Sunday March 22nd, 2015. In collaboration with the Miami Beach Centennial, the Miami Beach Concours will be a celebration of the greatest sports, exotic and racing automobiles of the past 100 years. $800,000,000 worth of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and vintage Mercedes will come together in Miami Beach for your visual perusal during the first Miami Beach Concours d’Elegance. Tickets range from $40-$200.

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Japanese Spring Festival at Miami Beach Botanical GardenSunday, March 22, 11am-4pm - Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Japanese Consulate in Miami are teaming up for this year’s annual Japanese Spring Festival to bring a kimono fashion show to the Garden, as well as taiko drumming performances, sushi, arts and crafts and much more. The fashion show will feature kimonos by Hiromi Asai, whose kimonos are featured in Vogue, in national television ads by Verizon Wireless, and worn by celebrity musician Nicki Minaj. Ms. Asai will also talk briefly on the history of kimonos and present the material they are made of to educate the audience on the process of creating and wearing a kimono. FREE and open to public.