Usher is getting back to the music after flitting around to Art Basel parties — and charging his phone in unusual places (if you don’t get this reference you may want to Google his name along with the term “female anatomy”).
He is doing what comes naturally Saturday night — singing and showcasing his sharp choreography skills during a stop on his UR Experience World Tour at AmericanAirlines Arena. The tour was influenced by live shows from U2, Bruce Springsteen and Frankie Beverly.
“There’s this connection, and that is what gave the inspiration for this show,” he told the AP of the veteran acts.
The Texas born, Tennessee-raised R &B star, 36, will play many of his hits, from U Remind Me to Yeah! to OMG, on his first tour in three years.
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Though Usher will surely be greeted with screams from fans, his youngest son Nayvid Ely Raymond, who turns 6 later this month, isn’t so impressed.
“He doesn’t care about what I do as much,” the multi platinum singer said. “He’s like, ‘I’m the star. Who are you? You sing?’”
Earnest singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is the latest musician heading to the Arsht Center. It will be his first time playing this venue. The Grammy award-winning musician is currently touring behind his latest album Yes!. Along for the show will be the Los Angeles folk-rock quartet Raising Jane, whom Mraz collaborated with on the all-acoustic Yes! The concert is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets at arshtcenter.org
Andrea Bocelli can’t get away from opera, even when he’s relaxing at home. His 2-year-old daughter, Virginia, prefers opera to traditional lullabies.
“My daughter … likes every kind of music, but in particular there is a song that she loves very much, Funiculi Funicula, ” he said of the Neapolitan song, which he performs regularly at live shows. “She wants me to sing [it] for her always.”
Bocelli and his longtime companion, Veronica Berti, were married in March on their daughter’s second birthday. They have a home in North Miami Beach. The 56-year-old blind tenor, who has been touring Europe, will perform a show at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Valentine’s Day.
But you can still hear Bocelli’s mellifluously haunting voice for the holidays. He makes an appearance on pianist Jan Mulder’s new album, Christmas.
SUNDANCE OR BUST
Who says Miami doesn’t have film cred? Two shorts screening Dec. 20 at this year's Borscht Film Festival have been accepted into Sundance, Robert Redford’s prestigous fest in Utah, being held Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2015. They are Papa Machete, about a Haitian farmer with extreme martial arts skills by New World Symphony videographer Jonathan David Kane, and El Sol Como Un Gran Animal Oscura (The Sun Like A Big, Dark Animal) a computer-human love story by filmmaking duo Bleeding Palm, aka Ronnie Rivera and Christina Felisgrau. More info: http://borschtcorp.com
Phil Collins feels badly about disappointing those who came out Saturday night to the Fillmore to see him perform. Due to an undisclosed malady, the music legend, 63, pulled out as per doctors’ orders, read a statement from his Little Dreams Foundation. Those who braved Basel traffic and paid up to $380 for a ticket should be somewhat relieved to hear that the charity is offering a “voucher for the full, face value of the ticket in lieu of refunds” for next year’s gala. Collins also made a personal donation of $100,000.
NBC-6 morning anchor Jawan Strader got dozens of “likes” with this Facebook post: “We are forever grateful and blessed! Thank you Lord for blessing us with our daughter Sienna Marlene Strader,” along with a picture of the new little person and his wife, Yolanda. Sienna was born Monday weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.