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Raheem Devaughn headlines Overtown Music Festival

Miami Times staff report | 7/10/2014, 9 a.m.
Grammy-nominated Raheem Devaughn will headline the fourth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival (formerly named Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival), ...
Grammy-nominated Raheem Devaughn will headline the fourth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival.

Grammy-nominated Raheem Devaughn will headline the fourth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival (formerly named Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival), which will take place in the heart of the Overtown Business District, NW 3rd Ave between 9th and 11th Streets on Saturday, July 19. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

The event has attracted thousands of attendees over the past three years and plans to widen visitor demographics with its star-studded lineup of musical artists. Entertainment also includes live performances by Keke Wyatt, Case, Jaguar Wright, Teedra Moses, Sebastian Mikael, Deep Fried Funk Band, and Larry Dogg. 

Once known as “Miami’s Little Broadway,” Overtown previously hosted music greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin.

In the past, the city was frequently visited by international guests seeking to enjoy the unique food, music and entertainment that “Colored Town” offered. Artistic and cultural celebrations highlight historic, cultural, economic, and social context of a community — an essential foundation for developing and enhancing a sense of place. The Overtown Music and Arts Festival presents an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage that the Overtown community provides to the landscape of South Florida.

“I would like to encourage everyone to join me at the fourth annual Overtown Music and Art Festival. The CRA and the City of Miami have worked tirelessly to make this a most exciting and enjoyable celebration," said City of Miami District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

“The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Overtown Music and Arts Festival,” said Clarence Woods, Executive Director of the SEOPW CRA, “This year’s festival lineup aligns with our agency’s objectives to boost economic development and introduce new comers to the area. Our goal is to provide positive revenue and exposure to local businesses and non-profit organizations here in Overtown.”

The event will also include a Youth Zone presented by Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (T.E.E.S) incorporating an educational health and wellness component and fun fitness activities for toddlers to teens.  HistoryMiami will curate youth arts and crafts activities related to “Urban Arts” as well as music inspired activities.

Non-profit agencies involved in the event include: Animal Adoption by the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department and the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. Florida Department of Health will be on-site conducting HIV Testing.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will be at the festival giving free license renewals and ID’s for kids.