The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is bringing an electric inventory of cultural programming to South Florida with its 2019-2020 season. Iconic performances include the Broadway national tour of “The Color Purple”; Meat Loaf’s production “BAT” featuring his band, The Neverland Express, and American Idol-winner Caleb Johnson; The Naked Musicians, an Australian duo that performs magic tricks in the near-nude; and “Choir of Man”, an internationally recognized singing group that guests will even be able to join on stage for a pre-show drink.

Celebrating its ninth season, SMDCAC is renowned for bringing a diverse selection of performances to its main stage that appeal to all patrons. Dance enthusiasts will experience nationally and internationally recognized companies, including “America’s Got Talent” acts, a powerful tango duo, and a Miami-based ballet company. Meanwhile, those with a taste for eccentric, visual presentations will enjoy performances from renowned acrobats, illusionists and magicians. In addition to its main-stage lineup, the Center will also have programming in its Black Box and Lab Theaters, which will play host to the intimate performances of rising jazz stars, instrumentalists and dancers.

To kick off the season, SMDCAC is hosting its FREE Backyard Bash event on October 12, which features live music, food trucks and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, pick up information on the upcoming season, and tour the facility. For young audiences, SMDCAC is offering an exclusive lineup of performances through its Family Series. The Center is also continuing to partner with Culture Shock Miami, the County’s young audience development program that offers $5 tickets to performances, museums and cultural attractions around Miami-Dade County productions for young adults.

Here are the ones we’re most excited about:

FREE BACKYARD BASH

Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. – Concert Lawn
The SMDCAC’s annual season kickoff is a FREE, family-friendly celebration of culture, community and music that will feature Classic Albums Live’s recreation of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ classic album “Damn the Torpedoes,” playing beloved hits like “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.” Enjoy great music, craft beer and delicious food.

Photo: Herald Community Newspapers

KATE DAVIS

Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Jazz darling and YouTube sensation Kate Davis started on violin at age five, moving on to media accolades and performances with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the likes of Ben Folds and Alison Krauss. But in her 20’s she turned from familiar accomplishments to writing deeply personal indie rock songs of identity, self-worth, loss and love – now featured on her debut album “Trophy.”

Photo: Charleston City Paper

NELLA

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Nella is a Venezuelan native trained at the Berklee College of Music and a protégé of legendary flamenco artist/producer Javier Limon. She joins us on her first U.S. tour, bringing her luminous, soulful sound and a mix of original and Venezuelan and Andalusian folk songs from her debut solo album.

Photo: NPR

GINA CHAVEZ

Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. – Black Box Theater
A radiant, passionate performer and activist, Texas singer-songwriter Gina Chavez crosses musical and cultural boundaries. A 10-time Austin Music Award winner, Chavez’s bilingual, genre-blending Latin pop and gutsy voice have been a hit on Amazon, iTunes and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Her latest album, “Lightbeam”, chronicles the coming out journey of falling in love with her wife.

Photo: Nazareth College

THE QUEEN’S CARTOONISTS

Saturday, March 7 at 7 & 9 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Take an animated musical journey with this irrepressible, accomplished sextet (based in New York’s Queens, not Buckingham Palace) who play cartoon music, from classics like “Bugs Bunny” to modern animation, along with video projections of the original films. Add comic stories about cartoons and composers, and the result is an antic night of cartoon and cocktails.

Photo: New World Initiative

“THE COLOR PURPLE” BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR

Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. – Main Stage
This is the official Broadway tour of “The Color Purple”, the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that tells the story of a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.

Photo: Washington Post

SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA

Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
The standard-bearers of authentic big band, old school New York salsa and Latin Jazz. This 13-member triple Grammy winning ensemble, led by founder, pianist and former Ruben Blades arranger Oscar Hernandez, excels at rhythmically inspired, energetically raw, musically sophisticated classic salsa – a treasure of Latin culture, dance inspiration, and great music.

Photo: Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Check out the full season here.

Cover photo of “The Color Purple” by Chicago Reader.