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  • Calendar: Highlights
    Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has plenty of Gold Bond money to invest in his heralded traveling comedy show. He’s also fired his old promoter and inked a new contract to take...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Kandi Burruss is known, of course, for her time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. But true fans of Burruss know she’s also an R&B legend. Burruss started in the business as a teen...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Anthony Hamilton has a voice that gets better as the years go by. An R&B favorite since 2003, the Grammy Award-winning Hamilton has not only achieved solo success but has also enriched the...
  • Crossfade: Q&A
    Lil Boosie, the purported inventor of ratchet, recently got out of prison after serving four years of an eight-year drug sentence. And he has emerged a humbled man. These days, the Baton...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Right this way, giant Fukushima millipedes! This Saturday’s SoleFest, Florida’s touring sneaker convention, kicks up its mint-condition-collectible heels at the James L. Knight...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    For the rest of the country, Memorial Day weekend marks the end of winter and the beginning of barbecue season. Families break out hamburgers and hot dogs, huddle around their grills, and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Conversations about the old-school days of hip-hop don’t get very far before someone brings up Sugar Hill Gang. These three dudes from New Jersey were the first to break onto the...
  • Crossfade: Guides
    Longer days, getting a tan on your walk from the car to the office, and kick ass shows almost every single night of the week ... That' summer in the Magic City for you. And with music...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Tyler Perry is a machine. The writer, actor, songwriter, director, and mass producer of African-American dramas, comedies, dramadies, and romcoms produces so much work it wouldn’t be...
  • Crossfade: Guides
    With perfectly chiseled beach bodies, (mostly) sunny skies, and 80 degree weather in the middle of winter, Miami is like some sort of magical wonderland. And with never-ending music...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Never heckle comedian Katt Williams. He will jump off the stage with a quickness and slap the nose off your face. He will pull out a pistol and stamp a .45 on your forehead. He will unzip...
  • Crossfade: Guides
    With mindless drivers who must've bribed the DMV to get a Class E license, con artists who make a living by stealing children's Social Security numbers, and comedians who run for public...
  • Crossfade: Last Night
    R. Kelly James L. Knight Center, Miami Thursday, October 17, 2013 Hotter Than: "Sex in the Kitchen" ... Uh huh. A night with Robert Sylvester Kelly is just as sexy as we'd always...
  • Crossfade: Guides
    It's never easy letting go of the beloved weekend, but sometimes there's nothing else to do but face the music. And by facing the music, we mean watching talented artists from...
  • Crossfade: Lists
    What 46-year-old man do the ladies want to just reach out and fondle? Who sings the dirtiest, freakiest things with a voice sweeter than sugar and smooth as molasses? What American icon...
  • Crossfade: Over the Weekend
    At 9 o'clock sharp in downtown Miami, the Weeknd -- also known as Abel Tesfaye -- took to the microphone behind a translucent curtain hanging from the rafters above a nearly pitch-black...
  • Music: Feature
    Imagine being so successful that you could buy a house and have no idea what it looks like. Sounds awesome, right? Wrong! It's fucking terrible! A life of travel and excess is nothing but...
  • Crossfade: Department of WTF
    Welcome to The Weeknd's Kiss Land. It is a glitteringly cold, irreversibly twisted, bleakly sexy netherworld where we're "all faded off the wrong thing" and we "gotta pay with [our...
  • Crossfade: Guides
    Aside from year-round beach weather, one of the perks of living in the Magic City is the stellar talent that passes through our sandy shores. There's always some local act, up-and-coming...
  • Crossfade: Q&A
    When music flows from a deep well of emotional honesty, the world can't help but be moved. Such is the case with the haunting and elegant melodies of Banks. This young woman from Los...
  • Crossfade: Lists
    Imagine being so successful, you could buy a house and have no idea what it looks like. Sounds awesome, right? Wrong! It's fucking terrible! A life of travel and excess is nothing but drug...
  • Crossfade: Last Night
    J. Cole and Wale What Dreams May Come Tour James L. Knight Center, Miami Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Better Than: Any evening when Rick Ross doesn't suddenly emerge from the darkness....
  • Crossfade: Guides
    The weekend may have flown by as quickly as the end of summer. But hey, in your mind it's still Friday. And with shows from J. Cole's smooth rap to Maroon 5's rockin' serenades to Depeche...
  • Music: Feature
    Wale's third full-length release, The Gifted, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 when it dropped in July. But the D.C. rapper still hasn't scored a platinum single, and he's cool...
  • Music: Feature
    How many rappers are there with multiple number-ones and college degrees? How many rappers ignore the media circus, refusing to change who they are physically or morally? How many rappers...
  • Crossfade: Q&A
    Wale's third full-length release, The Gifted, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 when it dropped in July. But the DC rapper still hasn't scored a platinum single, and he's cool...
  • Crossfade: Lists
    Toni Braxton's been riding the roller coaster of fame ever since she broke into the R&B world in 1996 with the breakup anthem of all breakup anthems, "Un-Break My Heart." Through the '90s...
  • Crossfade: Lists
    How many rappers are there with multiple number-ones and college degrees? How many rappers stay pure amid the media circus, refusing to change who they are physically or morally? How many...
  • Crossfade: Show Announcements
    "Foreplay," The Weeknd tweets, "has come to an end." A few days ago, the future R&B seducer revealed that his sophomore album, Kiss Land, the follow-up to the House of...
  • Crossfade: Fourth of July
    Happy 237th birthday, America! In honor of Independence Day, we'll be exploding massive fireworks in the sky, grilling hotdogs, drinking endless PBR, and enjoying a four-day work week....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Chris Rock. Louis C.K. Jerry Seinfeld. Sarah Silverman. Those are just some of the stand-up comics considered royalty among their industry peers and diehard fans. However, the comedic...
  • Cultist: Around Town
    If you and your mother aren't particularly close, a once-a-year, fancy-pants Mother's Day brunch can be more than a little awkward. There's the forced small talk, the uncomfortable silences,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Jillian Michaels is this generation’s Jack LaLanne. She’s a fitness guru, a wellness coach, an author, a charity spokesperson, and one terrifyingly motivating presence in the...
  • Cultist: Film and TV
    Jillian Michaels is this generation's Jack LaLanne. She's a fitness guru, a wellness coach, an author, a charity spokeswoman, and one terrifying motivating presence in the gym. For 11 years,...
  • Crossfade: Last Night
    Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas Tour James L. Knight Center, Miami Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Now 78, Leonard Cohen almost certainly wouldn't be pounding the tour trail, if his finances were...
  • Music: Feature
    In September 2010, noted music journalist (and former editor in chief of Spin and Vibe) Alan Light was among 4,000 people sitting in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for Yom Kippur...
  • Crossfade: Cancellations
    Who in the 305 "want[s] to get up close and personal with your favorite #RizinStar artist?" Well, sorry. It ain't gonna happen 'cause the Rizinstar Tour with Travis Porter, Kirko Bangz,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Damn, ladies, you’re looking fine. You know what you deserve? You hard-working, independent ladies are due a night out on the town with your girls and some superhot eye candy. Oh, and...
  • Crossfade: Heads Up
    God bless Atlanta, dammit. In terms of hip-hop, the ATL is always at the forefront of swag, pumping out bangers from some of the game's crunkest solo artists and rap crews. Among them...
  • Cultist: Weekend Guide
    Wait for it... Wait for it.... IT'S FRIDAY! And it's almost as though we didn't even have to wait that long, right? Surely enough secret shots under your desk pulled you through the week...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Theresa Caputo licks her lips, clicks her French-manicured acrylic nails, and takes a deep breath of the afterlife. In a flash, your dead grandma, holding a bouquet of roses, appears to her....
  • Crossfade: Show Announcements
    He's gotten "head on the unmade bed" in the Chelsea Hotel. He's smoked a million cigarettes. And he's written dozens of perversely profound songs about love, sex, religion, and other...
  • Cultist: Weekend Guide
    So long, 2012. We will not miss your corny apocalypse jokes. We will not miss the crazy people you brought by way of Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut. We will not miss the scares...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    There’s nothing funny about an explosion. And for that matter, there’s nothing funny about earthquakes either. Well, unless it’s a Comedy Explosion. In that case, laughter...
  • Music: Show Preview
    For U.S. citizens, traveling to Cuba can be un tremendo dolor en el culo. Unless you have special permission from the friggin' Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, your...
  • Crossfade: Heads Up
    For U.S. citizens, traveling to Cuba can be a tremendo dolor en el culo. Unless you've got special permission from the friggin' Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, your...
  • Crossfade: Lists
    With just six days left until the American public elects the 45th President of the United States, Latinos for Obama surrogate Marc Anthony is back on the campaign trail rallying the...
  • Crossfade: Last Night
    R. Kelly Single Ladies Tour James L. Knight Center, Miami Sunday, October 21, 2012 Better Than: A night at the strip club. From The-Dream to Trey Songz, an entire generation of R&B...
  • Cultist: Weekend Guide
    YES! It's the weekend! Turn to your left and tell your neighbor! We're not sure about the rest of y'all, but this week was comparable to hell. Man, was it rough. But the good news is we're...
  • Music: Feature
    He's an R&B genius. He's also a filthy freak. Lately, though, this oh-so-nasty man — known to the authorities as Robert Sylvester Kelly — has been tryin' hard to behave himself,...
  • Crossfade: Interviews
    He's an R&B genius. He's also a filthy freak. Lately, though, this oh-so-nasty man -- known to the authorities as Robert Sylvester Kelly -- has been tryin' hard to behave himself,...
  • Crossfade: Show Announcements
    See also "R. Kelly Cancels Love Letter Cruise." Desperate to slow jam at sea with R. Kelly? Sadly, your wettest dreams won't be coming true. Because Kells' ocean-bound R&B adventure,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Since the turn of the millennium, both fate and faith have held Tercer Cielo together. It began when Juan Carlos Rodríguez, a well-respected music producer and composer, invited his...
  • Crossfade: Recap
    See also Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Tour in Miami: A 15-Photo Recap -- plus Nicki Minaj's Top Seven NSFW Moments. If you need a bad bitch ... Call Nicki Minaj. After...
  • Crossfade: Photos
    See also Crossfade's show report, "Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Pussy Poppin' at Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Show in Miami." Some call her Nicki. And some call her Roman. But she calls...
  • Crossfade: Fashion Freakouts
    See also Crossfade's show report, "Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Pussy Poppin' at Pink Friday Roman Reloaded Show" -- plus a 15-photo recap of Nicki Minaj in Miami. Nicki Minaj is a freaky...
  • Crossfade: Useless Lists
    See also Crossfade's show report, "Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Pussy Poppin' at Pink Friday Roman Reloaded Show in Miami" -- plus a 15-photo recap of Nicki Minaj in Miami. In the summer of...
  • Music: Feature
    Nicki Minaj rolls deep, traveling with so many alternate personalities that a PET scan of her head must look like the Predator's family Christmas card. When she beez in the James L. Knight...
  • Crossfade: Lists
    See also Crossfade's show report, "Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Pussy Poppin' at Pink Friday Roman Reloaded Show in Miami" -- plus a 15-photo recap of Nicki Minaj in Miami. Nicki Minaj rolls...
  • Crossfade: Heads Up
    Since the turn of millennium, both fate and faith has held Tercer Cielo together. It began when Juan Carlos Rodríguez, a well-respected music producer and composer, invited his friend,...
  • Cultist: Art Basel Miami Beach
    See Art Basel 2011's winners and losers.As Art Basel, the crown jewel of all South Florida art events since 2002, continues to gain notoriety worldwide, it only makes sense that the event's...
  • Cultist: Weekend Guide
    Hot damn, y'all, it's finally Friday! The weekend is at our doorstep, politely knocking and waiting to be let in. Let it in, y'all!Monday is Memorial Day, and some of us will have the day...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Memorial Day, arguably the most somber federal holiday of the calendar year, honors the men and women who’ve lost their lives fighting for our country. Without their heroic efforts,...
  • Cultist: Around Town
    The Mayans had it wrong. The world will not end December 21 this year. It ends every year during the last weekend in May.That's when the good people of Miami and the Beaches are swarmed with...
  • Crossfade: Q&A
    Last week, Miami soul queen Betty Wright opened up about her recent collaborative album with the Roots, Betty Wright: The Movie; her unlikely friendship with Lil Wayne and Birdman; and the...
  • Music: Feature
    Betty Wright should need no introduction, especially in Miami. The lifelong 305 resident has been making records in South Florida since 1956, when she sang on an album from her family's...
  • Crossfade: Q&A
    Betty Wright should need no introduction, especially in Miami. The lifelong 305 resident has been making records in South Florida since 1956 when she sang on an album from her family's...
  • Crossfade: Show Announcements
    See also Crossfade's show report, "Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Pussy Poppin' at Pink Friday Roman Reloaded Show in Miami" -- plus a 15-photo recap of Nicki Minaj in Miami. Earlier today,...
  • Crossfade: Guides
    Oye, burnout! Did you know that 4/20 isn't just a day for getting stoned? It's also that time of year when millions of human beings all around the world light a plant on fire at the same...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Gipsy Kings is the OG gitano rock band. Way before Gogol Bordello sang punky odes to the proverbial wanderer, the Kings traversed the globe, blending Spanish rumba and flamenco guitar for a...
  • Crossfade: Heads Up
    Gipsy Kings is the OG gitano rock band. Way before Gogol Bordello sang punky odes to the proverbial wanderer, the Kings traversed the globe, blending Spanish rumba and flamenco guitar for...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Boyz II Men will croon into Miami this Saturday, along with fellow '90s smooth-talker Keith Sweat and gangsta diva Faith Evans. And we anticipate the concert will be a top-shelf seminar in...
  • Crossfade: Show Announcements
    Boyz II Men have announced a Miami stop on their latest tour, along with fellow 90s smooth-crooner Keith Sweat and gangsta diva Faith Evans. And Crossfade anticipates the concert will be a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    You don't get to be one of the most respected and recognized singer-songwriters in the Latin pop world without putting in the time. Of course, Venezuela's Franco De Vita certainly got off to...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Benji Brown's skits are classless and vulgar. So of course he'll have you crying with laughter in two minutes flat. His current show features his most beloved character, Kiki. She's a...
  • Cultist: Comedy
    Martin Lawrence: (noun) A funny motherfreaker. Ex. "Dude, he went on all Martin Lawrence on that bitch. It was hilarious."Some people know him from Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing. Others are...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Hecklers, beware. Comedian Martin Lawrence is a knockout performer, and he’s physically capable of kicking your ass. The former Golden Gloves boxing contender is famous for his...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Good luck having a career like Rubén Blades. The world famous Panamanian salsa singer and songwriter has been in over 35 major Hollywood movies, is a lawyer (with a master’s in...
  • Crossfade: Concert Preview
    Did anyone else see this concert listing on Ticketmaster and say to themselves, "Holy shit! Raphael is still alive?" Though, in retrospect, there's the distinct possibility that if you're...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If you can believe it, there was a time, i.e. back in the day, when a female with a microphone could be cute, dirty, sexy, funny, and smart. This was before Lil Kim and the boom of the MC...
  • Crossfade: Heads Up
    If you can believe it, there was a time, commonly called back in the day, when a female with a microphone could be cute, dirty, sexy, funny, and smart. This was before Lil Kim and the boom...
  • Crossfade: Cancellations
    Call off your trip to New Amerykah 'cause Crossfade just received official word from the James L. Knight Center's assistant marketing director Roxy Este that tonight's Erykah Badu concert...
  • Music: Show Preview
    After a five-year period absent of new releases, 2008's New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War earned Erykah Badu the kind of critical acclaim most artists seek throughout an entire career. This...
  • Music: Show Preview
    You know what's funny about prime-time pop pageant American Idol? (Nope, not ex-panelist Ellen Degeneres.) It's that the biggest star to shoot out of that black hole was a loser named...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Not only is OG Dirty South spitter Chris "Ludacris" Bridges the star of upcoming films such as Fast & Furious 5, chairman of the nonprofit Ludacris Foundation, and a connoisseur of fine...
  • Crossfade: Concert Preview
    You know what's funny about primetime pop pageant American Idol? (Nope, not ex-panelist Ellen Degeneres.) It's that the biggest star to ever shoot out of that black hole was a loser named...
  • Crossfade: Q&A
    As you may have already read, Miguel Bosé is a living legend. "A living freakin' legend," no less. And you don't necessarily need to know your Paty Cantu from your Pimpinella to recognize...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Miguel Bosé is a living freakin' legend. Maybe it was just his fate, or maybe it comes from being gifted progeny. (Bosé's mother was a famous Italian actress, and his father a...
  • Music: Show Preview
    For those who don't know, El Gran Combo is known as La Universidad de la Salsa (the University of Salsa). And Sergio Vargas is the king of merengue. Which basically makes their gig at the...
  • Crossfade: Concert Preview
    Not only is OG Dirty South spitter Chris "Ludacris" Bridges the star of such upcoming films as Fast & the Furious 5, chairman of the non-profit Ludacris Foundation, and a connoisseur of fine...
  • Crossfade: Concert Preview
    Miguel Bosé is a living freakin' legend. Maybe it was simply his fate, or maybe it comes from being gifted progeny. (Bosé's mother was a famous Italian actress, and his father a celebrated...
  • Crossfade: Concert Preview
    El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is considered the epitome of the salsa orchestra, so much so that the big band was given the title of the La Universidad de la Salsa (which translates to The...
  • Music: Columns
    Is it worse to be self-indulgent or dishonest? "I wish I/Wasn't famous/I wish I/Was still in school/So that I could have you in my dorm room/I would put it on you crazy." What a strange...
  • Music: Feature
    You hear about overnight success stories all the time, but seldom are they as dramatic as that of Camila. With its very first album, this trio from Mexico City took the Latin pop world by...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Singer-songwriter Jorge Celedón and accordionist Jimmy Zambrano released their first album in the States in 2008, but they've been performing together for years. They've put the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If you went purely by his lyrics, you might guess that whenever Trey Songz isn't singing in that syrupy tenor, he's either 1) constantly glued to his phone or 2) under impossibly expensive...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Fanny Lu is a lot of things, and only one of those is super-friggin'-hot. Actually, we could count that quality twice and might continue to mention it. But the Colombian beauty is far more...
  • Music: Feature
    When Colombian pop phenom Juanes announced last year he was planning to hold the second installation of his Peace Without Borders Concert in Cuba, Miami's exile community erupted in discord....
  • Music: Columns
    There are few artists in Latin music — or in any genre, for that matter — as prolific and ubiquitously talented as Rubén Blades. He's a singer and a songwriter. He's an...
  • Music: Feature
    If Grammys were awarded for hard work and hustle, Dainamite would win at least one every year. He'll play anywhere for anyone anytime whatsoever. If he's not performing, he's either...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Colombian performer Totó la Momposina specializes in tribal, Afro-Caribbean, and indigenous sounds. The songs of her collective discography, which spans more than 25 years, thrum with...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Willie Colón is one of salsa's undisputed heavyweights. Over the course of his illustrious 32-year career, he has sold more than 30 million copies of his records and taken part in...

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The Center is a world-class multipurpose entertainment, meeting, and convention complex located in the heart of downtown Miami's business, commercial, and financial district. The theater seats up to 4646 for entertainment meeting and general sessions

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