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The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Presents "Entourage" in 2nd Annual Premier Music Artist Concert on Saturday, April 29TH, 7 P.M.

The Concert is the Culmination of the Amazing 16-Week Transformation of 12 Extraordinary Local Artists on the Path to Stardom

MIAMI (April 28, 2017)

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center presents "Entourage," a premier music artist apprenticeship program, in its second annual music concert on Saturday, April 29th, 7:00 p.m. The Center is located at 6161 N.W. 22nd Avenue -- the intersection of Moonlight Way and MLK Blvd in Miami. This year's concert theme is LEVELS and features pop and classic soul genres while spotlighting 12 talented artists accompanied by a live band and professional background singers. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students with an ID. To purchase tickets call the Center at (305) 638-6771.

The aspiring vocalists are supported in their development by Future American Music Entertainers (FAME). They were selected from four audition dates and a final review by a panel of professional producers and choreographers in October and November of 2016.

The concert is the culmination of a 16-week transformative journey of diligent training at the Center by the 12 troupe members of Entourage. Participants received private and group sessions from a variety of skilled mentors, coaches and other professionals including training in stage performance, vocals and choreography; services such as headshots, image consultations, hair and makeup styling, video footage and photographs of their performance, social media promotion; and the coveted FAME apparel.

Wesley Wray, a popular member of Entourage, captivated the audience at the Moonlight Celebration held last weekend at the AHCAC with his dynamic performances of "A Change Gonna Come" and "Rise up." The Entourage audience this weekend will have an opportunity see even more of Wesley and other extraordinary talent directed by Zipporah Hayes.
This year's professional artists opening the event include Ashley Wright, AHCAC Hip Hop Dance Instructor, Reese Fletcher, Hip Hop Artist and Dancer, and J. Howard, Vocalist, Musician, and Producer.

Producer, Troy Murray, a member of the judging panel that selected the artists and whose credits include the Universal Music Group will record and produce an original song for the Most Valuable Performer of the evening. That artist will be named at the close of the show. Although this concert remains a non-competitive concert, this opportunity motivates the artists to go above and beyond. This year's show also have a surprise finale not to be missed!

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, has a long-standing reputation of providing high caliber art instruction. Students, ages 5 - 16 years old, receive professional instruction in music, dance, drama, and visual arts within a creative and secure environment after school, Saturdays, spring, winter and summer breaks. For more information about the Center and its programs, call 305-638-6771 during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or visit www.ahcacmiami.org.

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The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is managed and operated by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center was founded in 1975 to serve as the nesting ground for emerging talent in the performing and visual arts in the heart of Liberty City. By providing quality instruction, inspiration and encouragement to young people within the community, the Center has fulfilled its mission for more than 40 years, and everyday creates opportunities for youth to discover their artistic talents.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences.  The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection.  The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay,  as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning.  The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.