Hosted by local comedian Chello, Lyric Live is presented on the first Friday of every month at the Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The program includes live music by Jody Hill & Deep Fried Funk and local DJs Proof and K-Chin, happy hour and concessions. Show contestants share their talents on stage and are either greeted with applause or “boos” from the audience, in a format similar to the famed Apollo amateur night in Harlem. Those who don’t gain the audience’s approval are ushered off of the stage by the lively Lyric Live Junkanoo Band, giving the familiar show format a unique Miami flair. A winner is determined by the loudest round of applause for the surviving contestants. Each month’s winner receives a $500 cash prize and is encouraged to return the following month to defend their title. The program’s season began in February and will run through November, culminating with a special “Lyric Live”

Chello

Chello

Allstars Edition featuring the season’s winners competing for the grand prize.

“Lyric Live” is presented by the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to not only preserve the documentary and photographic history of Black South Florida, but also to enrich the present and protect the future through the revitalization Miami’s former Black business and entertainment district, Overtown. The Black Archives and its programming are supported by the City of Miami Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, Miami-Dade County, The Knight Foundation, The Leon J. Simkins Charitable Foundation, Coca-Cola, Macy’s & The Design Group Miami.

Mix & mingle happy hour in the Lyric Lobby at 6 p.m.; Showtime is at 8 p.m. (Upcoming Show dates are Fridays Sept 5, Oct. 3, and Nov. 7)

Where: The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Complex is located at 819 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami’s oldest Black neighborhood, Historic Overtown. Parking is located in the lot on NW 2nd Avenue on the North side of the building. “Lyric Live” parking is $2.

The Black Archives presents “Lyric Live” as one of its signature programs, presented as a part of the organization’s mission to work with community partners to revitalize Overtown through the arts, the preservation of culture and by empowering our neighbors through employment opportunities created by the new facility. This program is supported by the City of Miami Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Association, Miami-Dade County, Macy’s, Coca-Cola, The Design Group Miami and the Leon J. Simkins Charitable Foundation.

More information: For more information, visit The Black Archives website at www.theblackarchives.org or call 305-636-2390. Tickets are $10, $15, and $25 and may be purchased at www.lyriclive.eventbrite.com.

More information: For more information, visit The Black Archives website at www.theblackarchives.org or call 305-636-2390. Tickets are $10, $15, and $25 and may be purchased at www.lyriclive.eventbrite.com.

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