The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Damien Sneed

SMDCAC Presents

The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Damien Sneed

With special guest Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson

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$35-$60; $80 VIP*; $90 Rotary Sponsor**

An homage to one of the most beloved singers of all time, created by accomplished musician and composer Damien Sneed, who toured with and was mentored by Franklin herself. Sneed gathers a superb group of jazz, gospel and soul musicians to accompany six-time Grammy Nominee Valerie Simpson in soaring performances of Franklin’s timeless hits, including Respect, Think, Freeway, and Natural Woman.

Valerie Simpson is half of the songwriting-performing-producing entity known as Ashford & Simpson. Their award-winning collaborations began in the late ‘60s, and she along with her late husband Nick Ashford have penned 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,” “I’m Every Woman,” and many others that were made famous by Aretha Franklin.

* $80 VIP ticket will include table seating and a complimentary beverage.

** $90 pre-show reception hosted by the Rotary Club of Perrine/Cutler-Ridge Palmetto Bay!  All funds raised will support the Club’s project in West Perrine.

Recommended for ages 13+. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket, regardless of age. Outside food & beverage are not allowed into the venue. Strollers are not permitted inside the auditorium. Senior and Military discounts are available in person only.  Please contact the Box Office for more information. $5 tickets for students ages 13-22 available at

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It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available in the Main Stage Auditorium and the Black Box Theater space. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, CART, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314,, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).