It’s all about love, and those who love music will cherish this free concert featuring The Lee Boys at HistoryMiami Museum.
The concert is part of the South Florida Folklife Center Heritage Spotlight Series, an artist-in-residence program that showcases traditional artists from our diverse South Florida community, which runs through March.
“We are thrilled to have The Lee Boys perform at the museum and share their inspiring music with the community,” HistoryMiami Folklorist Vanessa Navarro said in an email. “These Miami natives perform all over the world and are one of best sacred steel groups in the country. We’re proud and honored to celebrate the band and this local tradition during their residency at HistoryMiami.”
To name just a few of the venues they have played, The Lee Boys have performed as the headline band at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee on guitar and Derrick Lee and Keith Lee at vocals, along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier on pedal steel guitar, Alvin Cordy Jr. on 7-string bass, and Earl Walker on drums. They will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami.
The Lee Boys grew up in Perrine and learned the musical style at the House of God Church where their father, the Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and also a steel guitar player. The band’s music represents traditions that have been passed down in the Lee Family for generations. The musical style is described as “an inspired, unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat.”
The group also will lead a Gospel Singing Workshop for all skill levels at 1 p.m. March 19 as part of the Heritage Spotlight Series. For more information, visit www.historymiami.org.
When individuals and companies fill their hearts to help the homeless it’s always a good thing. The Chapman Partnership in Miami recently was the recipient of a Transit Connect cargo van donated by Ford Motor Co. and its Ford Fund.
The vehicle will help with operations at two homeless assistance centers in Miami and Homestead. The centers care for about 5,000 men, women and families with children each year by providing emergency housing; meals; health, dental and psychiatric care; day care; job training; job placement; and assistance with securing stable housing.
Ford also donated Transit Connect cargo vans to organizations dedicated to hunger relief in Kansas City, Louisville, Phoenix and Dallas. All centers will be able to use the vans “to pick up food, transport it to their facilities, and deliver it to recipients.” Each van can carry 1,470 pounds, which equals more than 1,100 meals per vehicle per trip.
“The first step in creating a better world is helping to fulfill the most basic needs of our neighbors,” Janet Lawson, director of the Ford Motor Co. Fund, said in a release. “More than 48 million Americans live in fear of going hungry each day and these vehicles will deliver meals — not just during this season of giving but throughout the year.”
VILLAGERS GARDEN TOUR
Love gardens? It’s almost time for The Villagers Garden Tour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5. This year, the popular event will showcase private gardens in South Miami and Coral Gables.
The tour is fun for everyone especially those interested in residential landscaping. The Villagers members, as well as owners, professional garden designers and landscape architects, will be at the sites to answer questions.
Tour co-chairs for the 25th annual Garden Tour “Joie! — The Joy of Gardens” are Deena Bell Llewellyn and Sheila Revell. Tickets are $30 advance purchase, and $35 the day of the tour. They are available through Villagers’ members or online, with a $2 service fee, at http://thevillagersinc.org/.
Check the website for more on how the tour works. All proceeds support the preservation and protection of local historic sites and scholarships in historic preservation.
‘FOOTPRINTS’ AT GROVE WOMAN’S CLUB
We love history. For one night only, the play Footprints, based on the lives of Miami pioneers Mary Barr and Kirk Munroe, who were later married, will be performed at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove.
The club is currently celebrating 125 years of service to the community. It began just after Valentine’s Day, on Feb. 19, 1891, when Flora McFarlane and other women including Mary Barr Munroe, Mrs. Joseph Frow, Mrs. Charles Peacock, Mrs. Charles John Peacock and Mrs. Benjamin Newbold founded the Housekeeper’s Club.
Through the years, members raised funds to build a church, schoolhouse, librar, and clubhouse used for literary readings, musical entertainment and theatrical performances. Good works continue today with the recent funding of learn-to-swim programs for more than 700 Grove children and art scholarships for Miami-Dade County Public High School students.
Presented in association with New Theatre, the evening and play are sponsored by Coconut Grove Bank, Peggy C. Hall and J.W. Korth & Co. The performance is at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the clubhouse, 2985 S. Bayshore Dr. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 and $30, which can be purchased at http://womansclubofcoconutgrove.com/wccg-125th%20anniversary or by contacting Virginia Yermoli at 305-858-4699 or Vayermoli@hotmail.com.
For other performances, check New Theatre’s website, www.new-theatre.org/.
CONCERT AND REGATTA
Isn’t it romantic? Plan a picnic and enjoy an evening of rhythm island music from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. The Regatta Moonlight Concert features the Ethan Parker Band. Lawn chairs are OK to bring, but not pets.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Barnacle members pay $8 for admission; future members pay $10; and ages 6-9 pay $5. The concert is free for ages 5 and under. For more visit http://thebarnacle.org/.
The following day go out to enjoy, or join in, Washington’s Birthday Regatta. Sailors are invited to participate in boat races and a chowder party. Registration is open to sailboats of traditional design. Registration is at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 with a skippers’ meeting at 10:30 a.m. and 1st Signal at noon. The Chowder Party is at 5:30 p.m.
The cost is $75 and includes chowder for registered sailors. Fee for each additional guest is $10. Check the website or call 305-442-6866 for more.
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