Roberto Carlos has never been waylaid by trends or tradition, choosing instead to blaze his own trail by creating sounds that are diverse and distinctive. After more than a half-century of performing, he remains one of the world’s most accomplished singers, an artist known to release an album a year, in a multitude of languages, no less. The inspiration for the cultural movement of the ’60s known as “Joven Guarda,” he’s written more than 500 songs and sold more than 120 million records, actually eclipsing the Beatles in Latin American sales. At age 73, he still commands a devoted worldwide following, thanks to his unfailing vitality and verve. Although Carlos has shared billing with the late Luciano Pavarotti, sung for Pope John Paul II, and entertained millions at home with his traditional end-of-the-year television special, his performance at 8 p.m. Friday at the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) in downtown Miami promises to be a special event in and of itself. Suffice it to say, Miami loves him and he loves Miami, a mutual adoration that’s long been assured. Tickets cost $59.50 to $148.65 and can be purchased via ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Don’t procrastinate; a sellout is a certainty.
Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., 2014