In the beginning of 2016, we learned that Homestead would once again have a proper music venue. The historic Seminole Theatre was to undergo the third renovation of its 95-year lifespan. And, soon, it would host shows with both local and national acts. The Wailers, Bob Marley's old backing band, and the old school R&B group known as the Drifters were the first to break in the Seminole Theatre on January 21 and 24, respectively.
Since then, it's housed a mishmash of small to mid-size plays, bands, and other artistic ventures. It's been a welcome creative hub to a city known more for its cinnamon buns and farmland than its bustling arts scene.
But if you're going to get the average, centrally located Miamian to drive down to Homestead, you'd better have more than a pastry at your disposal. That's surely been the Seminole Theatre's biggest hurdle: luring out-of-town talent to a part of Florida most only pass through thanks to a malfunctioning GPS.
But perhaps there's hope yet for Homestead. Yesterday, the Seminole Theatre announced its biggest booking yet: Art Garfunkel.
Look, we know it's no Diplo, but Art Garfunkel is a bit of a musical legend and a homie who could fairly easily fill out a more prominent northern venue like the Arsht Center, or the James L. Knight Center, or the Fillmore Miami Beach, or even the Olympia Theater.
The point is, Art's got options, bro. He's got "The Sound of Silence" options.
And still, he's going to Homestead. Maybe it's a sign of things to come or maybe everywhere else was booked, but either way, good for you, Homestead. This year, Garfunkel — next year, Beyoncé.
Art Garfunkel. 8 p.m. Friday, February 3, at the Seminole Theatre, 18 N. Krome Ave., Homestead; 786-650-2073; seminoletheatre.org. Tickets cost $66 to $135 via axs.com.