Tribute to Aretha Franklin is coming to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center this Saturday

Hard to believe that this month marks the 55th anniversary of the release of Aretha Franklin’s colossal worldwide hit “Respect” (February 14, 1967). And who better to celebrate the late soul icon’s musical legacy than with the gigantic personality of musician and songwriter Damien Sneed and six-time Grammy nominee Valerie Simpson — at “The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” this Saturday, February 5 at 8 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC).

Sneed, who has toured with and been mentored by Franklin herself, assembles a superb band of jazz, gospel and soul musicians to accompany Simpson in soaring performances of Franklin’s timeless hits including “Respect”, “Think “, “Freeway” and “natural woman.”

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Simpson is one half of the writing, performing and producing team known as Ashford & Simpson, who together wrote classic hits such as ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘You’ re All I Need to Get By”, “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”, and “I’m Every Woman”.

“Many of us have been touched by Aretha Franklin’s work,” said Eric Fliss, CEO of SMDCAC. “To welcome this tribute performance by those who have been personally touched by it, including the legendary Valerie Simpson, is an honor and a thrill.”

The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin is recommended for ages 13 and up. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket, regardless of age. Food and drinks from outside are not allowed in the room. Strollers are not allowed inside the auditorium. Senior and military discounts are available in person only.

Tickets range from $35 to $80 and are available by calling 786-573-5300 or visiting There will also be a $90 pre-show reception hosted by the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay. All funds will support the Club’s project at West Perrine.

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