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A Motown & R&B Journey Through The Decades: The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Heats Up This July

June 20, 2024

As part of the City of Aventura’s Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Summer Concert Series, “The Great American SoulBook” promises to take audiences on a journey through decades of Motown, R&B and other iconic soulful musical chart-toppers on Saturday, July 13th at 8:00 p.m.

What Is Soul Music?
In the vast landscape of music, few genres possess the captivating allure and profound impact of soul music. Embarking on a journey through its rich tapestry unveils not just a genre, but a cultural phenomenon that has left an indelible mark on the very fabric of music history.

Rooted in the vibrant African American community of the 1950’s United States, soul music emerged as a revolutionary force, transcending boundaries and captivating the hearts of listeners worldwide. Drawing inspiration from Gospel Music, Soul found its distinctive voice through the fusion of spirited rhythms and poignant secular lyrics. This fusion birthed a sound that echoed the joys, struggles, and triumphs of the human experience.

Encompassing a spectrum of influences, soul music resonates with aficionados of various musical genres, from the melancholic strains of the Blues to the electrifying beats of Rock n' Roll. Its infectious melodies and heartfelt lyricism transcend mere entertainment, stirring emotions and igniting passions in equal measure.

At its core, soul music is a celebration of the human spirit, expressed through the raw intensity of improvised vocals, the infectious energy of call-and-response, and the lush harmonies of choirs. Each note, each beat, is infused with an undeniable sense of authenticity and soulfulness, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in its embrace.

Beyond its musical prowess, Soul Music stands as a testament to the resilience and creativity of the African American community, forging a path of cultural significance that reverberates through the annals of history. From its domination of the U.S. Music Charts in the '60s to its resounding reception in the United Kingdom, Soul Music transcends geographical boundaries, uniting souls in a shared appreciation for its transformative power.

As the '70s dawned, Soul Music continued to evolve, branching out into new territories such as Funk, further solidifying its place in the pantheon of musical greatness.

In essence, Soul Music transcends mere notes and rhythms; it embodies the very essence of humanity, weaving a tapestry of emotions that resonate deeply within us all. So, the next time you find yourself swaying to the rhythm of a soulful melody, remember that you're not just listening to music — you're experiencing the soulful heartbeat of a cultural phenomenon.

The Great American SoulBook
Performed by the high-energy American Soul Band of seven singers and six musicians, The Great American SoulBook will turn up the summer heat with groovin’ and dancin’ music from the ‘60s through the ‘90s and beyond.

In The Great American SoulBook, Lead Singer Deanna Carroll is backed by four choreographed male singers and two dynamic female singers. Together, they bring to life music of The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Luther Vandross, Sam and Dave, James Brown, Anita Baker, Babyface, Peobo Bryson, R. Kelly and many more.

In addition to touring as Diana Ross in Lady Supreme, Carroll’s career credits include recording backing vocals for Jazz Saxophonist Paula Atherton, British Sensation Joss Stone and Bobby Wilson in his tribute to his legendary late father, R&B/Soul Singer Jackie Wilson. Carroll has also been featured in live television performances as a backing vocalist for Vitamin C and performed with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Little Anthony and Darlene Love, among others.

Got Fun? This is it! This is feel good music, that will have you singing along and on your feet, dancing to hits that will appeal to many generations of music lovers. This is a band that will never forget its roots in Motown and Classic R&B, but continues the audience's journey forward, as they pay homage to the most recent decades of soulful hits made famous by the next generations of superstars. American Soul brings the party to a concert near you...don't miss!

Following “The Great American SoulBook,” the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s Summer Concert Series presents a tribute to rock royalty with “She Will Rock You! Starring Stephanie Hodgdon” on August 10th and the Smooth Bossa Nova harmonies of “Brazilian Voices Amazonas, The Rhythm of Nature” on September 14th.

Tickets for “The Great American SoulBook” are on sale now. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at: - By phone at: (877) 311-7469. Or at: (954) 462-0222. Or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. Noon to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at: 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180. Join the conversation, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @aventuracenter or #aventuracenter.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-Square-Foot, 330-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages.

For an evening filled with soulful melodies and unforgettable memories, mark your calendars for "The Great American SoulBook" and experience the magic of music come alive.

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