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Remembering Tina Turner: Her Iconic Performance on Washington Avenue,
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Iconic singer Tina Turner, who sadly passed away at the age of 83, mesmerized audiences worldwide with her unforgettable talent. Throughout her illustrious career, spanning over 1,700 shows, only a select few took place in Florida. In July 1976, immediately after filing for divorce from Ike Turner, Tina Turner graced the stage of 1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (currently M2) in a historic performance. (Picture above)
Over the course of her remarkable journey, Tina Turner delivered over 1,483 concerts as a solo artist, along with approximately 250 performances alongside her former husband, Ike Turner. While she played six concerts in Florida with Ike Turner between 1970 and 1974, she went on to captivate audiences with 24 solo performances in the state from 1976 to 2008. Her final Florida performance took place in 2008 in Orlando, marking a poignant moment in her career.
Tina Turner knew her voice had no limitations. It was a tool of liberation and vibration. A tool to connect with the divine. And Turner used her voice to get free.
Black women like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, and Betty Davis were the vocal bibles for rock and roll. These Black women, along with others like The Shirelles and Lavern Baker established the foundation of the genre. Their vocal Blackness and swagger was emulated and duplicated by white rockers of the blues revival in 1960s like Mick Jagger who wanted the vocality of Blackness without the presence of Black musicians on stage. Their popularity eclipsed the contributions of Black women in rock. Then came Tina Turner, the original disruptor. A patron saint who returned rock to its original home of auditory Blackness.
Washington Avenue and Miami Beach feel privileged and honored to have hosted the presence of this incredible woman, a true leader and an inspiration to all. As we bid farewell to Tina Turner, her legacy will forever remain alive in our hearts. Rest in peace, Tina.
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WINE, BEER & MARTINI TASTE
Taste the 3-Time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade's
This year, we're excited to announce that the Wine & Beer Taste will feature WADE CELLARS, the acclaimed winery of 3-Time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy some of Washington Avenue's best wines, beers, and martinis.
Wade Cellars was founded in 2014 as a partnership between Dwyane Wade and the famed Napa Valley vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer. Inspired by the opulent Cabernet Sauvignons of this renowned American winemaking region, Dwyane established an eponymous wine brand that has since become synonymous with accessibility and diversity in the wine industry at large.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE ADKINS!
SOUTH FLORIDA TOURISM PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
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This week the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) voted Steve Adkins as the South Florida Tourism Professional of the Year award. Mr. Adkins is the President of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The award represents a cross-section of the local hospitality and tourism industry who have contributed to elevating Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s travel and tourism industry to one of the most admired and successful in the world. Additionally, they enthusiastically supported programs to create an educated, professional industry workforce for the future.