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Just yesterday, London-based pop singer/songwriter Lily Allen opened her first U.S tour in five years at the Fillmore Miami  Beach.  The 19-date run is set to conclude at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium on October 10.  As if that wasn’t enough, Goapele and a long list of contemporary jazz, neo-soul, and vocal jazz artists will be sailing from Fort Lauderdale for a music festival spanning 8-days at sea with stops to Costa Rica, Panama and the Cayman Islands.  To put the cherry on top, Zap Mama will perform live at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in January.  Be still my heart.

OCTOBER 18-26

8th Annual Capital Jazz Supercruise

Sailing aboard the Carnival Freedom from Fort Lauderdale to Costa Rica, Panama and the Cayman Islands. The 2014 lineup includes Goapele, Kem, Lalah Hathaway, Avery Sunshine, Raheem DeVaughn, Patti LaBelle and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1pNnmlw

JANUARY 24

Zap Mama & Antibalas LIVE at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Collaborating for the first time ever, Zap Mama and Antibalas (the band from the Broadway hit FELA!) will come together to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. From Afrobeat to Afro-Pop music, Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony while Antibalas effortlessly seams Afrobeat with New York City Latin funk and traditional drumming of Cuba and West Africa.

More info: http://bit.ly/1rLXqxb