The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) will host “The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 8 p.m. A dynamic presentation celebrating the late soul icon’s incredible musical legacy, the show is the creation of accomplished musician and songwriter Damien Sneed who toured with and was mentored by Franklin herself.
For this all-new multimedia traveling show for 2022, Sneed brings together a superb band of jazz, gospel and soul musicians to accompany six-time Grammy-nominated Valerie Simpson in haunting performances of Franklin’s timeless hits, including “Respect “, “Think”, “Highway” and “Natural Woman”.
Valerie Simpson is one half of the writing-performing-producing team known as Ashford & Simpson. Their award-winning collaborations began in the late ’60s, and she, along with her late husband Nick Ashford, wrote classic hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “You’re All I Need to Get By, “Reach out and touch (someone’s hand)” and “I am all women”.
“Many of us have been touched by the works of Aretha Franklin,” said Eric Fliss, CEO of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. “To welcome this tribute performance by those who have been personally touched by it, including the legendary Valerie Simpson, is an honor and a thrill.”
American singer, songwriter and pianist Aretha Franklin is often referred to as the “Queen of Soul”. She ranked first on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list and ninth – twice – on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Franklin has recorded 112 Billboard-charted singles, including 17 top-10 pop singles and 20 number-one R&B singles. Franklin also received numerous honors throughout his career, including the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1987, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin is recommended for ages 13 and up. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket, regardless of age. Food and drinks from outside are not allowed in the room. Strollers are not allowed inside the auditorium. Senior and military discounts are available in person only.
Tickets for The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin range from $35 to $80 and are available by calling 786-573-5300 or clicking here. There will also be a $90 pre-show reception hosted by the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay. All funds will support the Club’s project at West Perrine.