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Stevie Wonder celebrated his 63rd birthday a week after the big day (May 13) with a private concert for almost 700 high rollers, VIP guests and media types Tuesday night at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The legendary Wonder performed for well over two hours, singing covers by The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley as well as his own greatest hits. Wonder also invited some of the audience, this writer included, to audition for him on his hit, Part Time Lover. While he told us we were better than the previous, uh, contestant, we’ll be keeping the full time day job.

Star studded downtown hot spot Zuma continued earning its reputation with a slew of celebs including actor/New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg, having dinner with friends in the private dining room. Also there, regular Lenny Kravitz, celebrating a friend’s birthday and dressed like a rock star in snakeskin pants and heeled boots. Also there, Jeff Soffer’s fiancée, Elle Macpherson, having Sunday brunch with a friend.

Grammy-award winning Colombian singer Carlos Vives was spotted over the weekend at the ultra-luxurious Hotel Beaux Arts, where he was staying in a suite. The noted performer — who has been MIA from the music scene for quite awhile — was in town to perform at the 11th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars gala at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

Spanish singer-songwriter and actress, Beatriz Luengo was spotted Tuesday night at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar with husband and rapper Yotuel Romero, of the members of Cuban hip hop group Orishas.

Enrique Iglesias and two friends had dinner Wednesday at Caffe Abbracci. After dinner, they headed to the bar to catch the dramatic finish of the Miami Heat game, cheering for the home team.

Shaquille O’Neal, in town with the TNT crew for the Eastern Conference Finals, was seen making a quick stop Wednesday at Hyde AmericanAirlines Arena before the Heat’s big game to say hello to some friends. After the game, Shaq headed to Prime 112, where Chicago Bulls player Carlos Boozer also happened to be eating.

Charles Barkley had dinner Thursday night with the Miami Herald’s Dan LeBatard and friends at the bar at Morton’s The Steakhouse on Brickell. Barkley, we’re told, held court in the bar while barflies listened to him talking about the Miami Heat and the NBA.

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