in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall





Much anticipated Florida debut of duo comprised of

hip-hop luminary Talib Kweli and critically acclaimed
singer/songwriter Res



Renowned Brazilian singer/composer makes Arsht Center debut



Grammy Award-winning Spanish Gitano superstar returns



Reigning “Queen of Calypso” makes her Arsht Center debut with infectious

Caribbean tunes and charm



Following a sold-out performance three years ago, legendary taiko drumming troupe

returns with a new tour poised to transfix Miami



Grammy Award-winning jazz multi-instrumentalist presents new album


MIAMI, FL July 30, 2012 – Now celebrating its seventh season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to announce its inaugural LIVE AT KNIGHT series in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. This new series, premiering in the 2012-2013 season, will feature a starry line up of popular entertainers representing world music, rock, soul, hip-hop, comedy, pop, literature, current events, lifestyle trends and more. The   LIVE AT KNIGHT season currently features six extraordinary acts such as the Florida premiere of Idle Warship with Talib Kweli and Res; the Arsht Center debut of Lenine, Calypso Rose and Esperanza Spalding; and the triumphant return of Diego El Cigala and Kodo to the Center. Additional performances will be announced in the coming months.

LIVE AT KNIGHT tickets go on sale to Arsht Center members beginning July 30. Tickets to DIEGO EL CIGALA will be available to the general public beginning August 6. Tickets for the remaining performances are available to the general public beginning September 8.

Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

“We are elated to bring some of the world’s top entertainers to the acoustically superb John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, with the launch of the LIVE AT KNIGHT series,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “Our Knight Concert Hall is an ideal setting for these stellar performances as it will complement the eclectic sounds and transformational storytelling that these artists provide. In addition, this varied group of performers embraces the cultural melting pot of our diverse community and will surely engage and captivate audiences with its international appeal.”


Programming for the 2012-2013 LIVE AT KNIGHT SERIES features the following:

The Adrienne Arsht Center presents


October 19, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets $30 to $100

$100 ticket ensures best seats available, post-show meet and greet and photo with Idle Warship

“Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has a talent for summing up ambitious concepts in powerfully concise phrases.” – Spin Magazine

TALIB KWELI is one of the most admired and respected rappers of his time, best evidenced by Jay-Z’s famous Black Album rhyme: “If skills sold, truth be told/I’d probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli.”

TALIB KWELI’s buzzworthy duo act IDLE WARSHIP, with singer/songwriter RES, will make its anticipated Florida premiere at the Center’s Knight Concert Hall. In 2009, the famed rapper joined longtime collaborator RES, a Billboard Dance chart-topping artist and model, to form IDLE WARSHIP. The hip-hop/electro group released their first official album, Habits of the Heart, in November 2011. In a bold and indefinable mash-up of influences, the 12-track album uniquely mixes hip-hop, electronic and alternative music.

Accompanying IDLE WARSHIP will be a nine-piece chamber orchestra headed by local conductor and composer, Sam Hyken.  Hyken, who has more than 10 years of experience in the orchestral world, having played and taught at New World Symphony as well as the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), will lend his symphonic ear as he and his eight classical players join IDLE WARSHIP to create an unconventional way of listening to hip-hop. This performance will mark the first time that TALIB KWELIworks with an orchestral section.

In addition, the critically successful MC and gifted hip-hop artist will also perform hits from his solo career such as the crowd favorites “I’m on One” and “Get By, a track produced by Kanye West.

The Adrienne Arsht Center presents


October 26, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets $45 to $75

“The new prince of Brazilian pop!” – The New York Times

With a stellar international career spanning three decades, Brazilian superstar LENINE is making his way to the Arsht Center with a fusion of cultural influences and a unique song roster.

For his Arsht Center debut, LENINE will perform hits from his highly-acclaimed career, including award-winning favorites “Ninguém Faz Idéia” and “Martelo Bigorna,” as well as new songs from his tenth album, Chão (Ground in English)which was released in October 2011 and produced by Bruno Giorgi, JR.Tostoi and LENINE himself. Chão consists of ten songs marked by intriguing, unconventional sounds like a canary’s chirp, a kettle’s whistle, a child’s heartbeat, waterfalls and a hypnotic digital ping-pong noise courtesy of a Facebook chat.

 LENINE is a songwriter, record producer and arranger who has won five Latin Grammy Awards and a slew of Brazilian Music Awards. His music ranges from alternative rock to sounds from everyday life. In addition, LENINE has written songs for prominent Brazilian artists such as Elba Ramalho, Maria Bethania, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Maria Rita, O Rappa, among others. He has also produced albums for Maria Rita, Chico César, Pedro Luis e a Parede, Cheka, and soundtracks for soap operas, sitcoms, movies, dance musicals and theater.

The Adrienne Arsht Center and Bi Musica present


November 10, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets $40 to $150

“Everything that touches Diego el Cigala’s throat turns into flamenco!” – NY Daily News

 After a showstopping sold-out performance last fall, Grammy Award-winning Spanish Gitano singer DIEGO EL CIGALA returns to the Arsht Center for a second year in a row to captivate audiences with his groundbreaking blend of bolero, Argentine tango, Latin jazz and flamenco.

DIEGO EL CIGALA will perform hits from his extensive catalog including songs from 2003’s Lagrimas Negras, a legendary collaboration with renowned Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés hailed by The New York Times as “Album of the Year” and “one of the great new cross-pollinating documents of Latin music.” Additional successes include Picasso En Mis Ojos, which featured celebrated Spanish guitarist and composer Paco de Lucia and Latin jazz master Jerry Gonzalez, as well as Dos Lagrimas which seamlessly continued his illustrious fusion of flamenco, traditional Latin American melodies and Spanish folk music. Cigala & Tango, DIEGO EL CIGALA’s most recent Latin Grammy-nominated album, is a riveting live recording of the artist’s prestigious Teatro Gran Rex concert in Buenos Aires. “The charismatic singer heightens the odds by aiming to fuse Spanish flamenco with the equally gritty and powerful South American tango. The resulting disc…is electrifying.” – The Observer, UK.

The Adrienne Arsht Center presents


February 9, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets $25 to $65

“Rose is a venerable diva of an all-but-vanished style.” – NPR

Known as the reigning “Queen of Calypso” for her enduring charisma and unflinching voice, CALYPSO ROSE is bringing a taste of the Caribbean for her debut at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall – to help kick start Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago which is February 11-12, 2013.

CALYPSO ROSE, the first female Calypso artist to receive acclaim in Trinidad and Tobago during the peak of Calypso music, is most noted for her hit song “Fire in Meh Wire,” which has become a nationally recognized Calypso anthem. In addition to this legendary hit, the artist will perform songs from her longstanding career including “Israel by Bus,” the world music chart-topping lead single from her latest album Calypso Rose.

McArtha Lewis, CALYPSO ROSE, was born in the small island of Tobago in the West Indies. She started singing at the age of 15, and for over 50 years has been trailblazer in a male-dominated music genre. CALYPSO ROSE was the first woman to win the coveted ‘Calypso King’ crown in Trinidad & Tobago. Organizers quickly changed the title to ‘Calypso Monarch’, which Rose went on to win for five consecutive years.

The Caribbean crooner has taken Calypso music all over the world with her witty lyrics and infectious tempo. She has shared the stage with some of the biggest international stars, including Michael Jackson and Bob Marley.

The Adrienne Arsht Center presents


March 9, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets $30 to $75

“Kodo’s music can raise the roof!” – The New York Times

 Following its sold-out performance in the Knight Concert Hall three years ago, KODO returns for another show that goes beyond a concert to a spectacle of sound, color, and dance. The explosive power of these masters of the ancient tradition of taiko drumming is heart-pounding, bone-shaking and a not-to-be-missed experience.

When KODO began touring the world three decades ago, the performers discovered that the sound of the taiko had a similar effect on its listeners: wherever people heard it, there was an instant sense of community, of oneness. Through this, KODOcreated the One Earth Tour, and carried by the unique sound of the taiko, it has traveled the world with its message of shared humanity, environmental awareness, and peace.

KODO has performed more than 3,400 concerts on five continents and their music continues to produce startling new sounds and unforgettable performances.

The Adrienne Arsht Center presents


April 19, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets $35 to $95

“Ms. Spalding is something else: a charismatic whirlwind proudly hailed, for a while now, as some kind of vital infusion for jazz.” – The New York Times

With an inimitable style and spirited presence that is deeply rooted in jazz, ESPERANZA SPALDING has made an impressive mark in the music world since her 2006 solo debut. A few South Florida fans may recall Spalding’s high-profiled performance at President Obama’s fundraiser at the Arsht Center in 2010. For her anticipated return, the stunning songstress is poised to once again captivate Miami audiences with a full concert showcasing her myriad of talents, all of which are deeply ingrained in her music.

ESPERANZA SPALDING is celebrated for her ability to unify the sounds of jazz, neo-soul and world music, creating a fusion that is unparalleled. The talented bassist, vocalist and composer will perform the brilliant compositions of her new release,Radio Music Society. Inspired by her desire to write for large ensembles, Spalding has crafted her performances to spotlight the talents of her 12-piece world class band including Spalding on electric bass, double bass and lead vocals. Radio Music Society is a companion release, rather than a sequel, to Spalding’s previous internationally acclaimed Chamber Music Society, which culminated in her becoming the first jazz musician to win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award in 2011.  Radio Music Society is ESPERANZA SPALDING’s most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs is accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express her inspiration and story behind each track.

Prices, artists, dates, times and program are subject to change without notice.

Editor’s Note:

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.

 About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue is comprised of the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with PRELUDE BY BARTON G, a full-service upscale restaurant.

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