Here's what's great about living, visiting, or whatever the reason is to be in Miami Beach. One of our favorite Sunday events is Global Arts Project, Inc., and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association's free, yes, that's right, free Artscape concert series. See some great music, chill out, and enjoy one of the best parks in the city.
This Sunday, it's The French Horn Collective, and next Sunday, you won't want to miss the soulful sounds of Charenee Wade.
Here's the rundown.
Sunday, Feb. 18, 4-7 p.m. in Collins Park: Global Arts Project, Inc., presents The French Horn Collective, Celebrating Mardi Gras. They are an energetic and progressive band that performs an eclectic variety of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, and modern original French music throughout South Florida. Led by Parisian Musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and songwriter Vincent Raffard, the diverse group consists of anywhere from 3 to 8 highly talented musicians from a myriad of musical backgrounds, with instrumentation including Trumpet, Guitar, Violin, Double Bass, Clarinet, and Vocals. Their wide variety of musical influences, ranging from Gypsy Jazz, Hot Swing, Ska, to Polka, result in the band producing a smooth mixture of progressive Gypsy/Parisian/Swing/World Music. As part of GAP's educational outreach program, the concert will open with a set by students of Dr Ed Calle. A Farmer's Market will also be in the park that day. Admission free.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 to p.m. in Collins Park: Global Arts Project, Inc. presents Charenne Wade, Celebrating Black History Month. Inspired by Sarah Vaughn, Brooklyn native Charenee Wade began singing jazz at the age of 12. Through her years of intense studies in jazz as well as classical music for, she has grown to become a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator. She completed her Master’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music. Charenee has been featured in many configurations from jazz trios to Big Band to the conservatory’s 100-piece Jazz Philharmonia Orchestra. She has performed at the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC, Festival du Riou, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival, and she recently returned from Russia on tour with the Oleg Butman Trio at various venues such as Le Club in Moscow, and the Province Jazz Festival in Orenburg. As part of GAP's educational outreach program, the concert will open with a set by students of Dr Ed Calle. A Farmer's Market will also be in the park that day. Admission is free.
Collins Park is located at 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.