Please join Ex Norwegian, The Velocity Gospel and friends for a celebration of love, music, and devotion to dedication to a man who changed and influenced so many of our lives and left the world a better place than which he found it, Clark Douglas Burris.
SUNDAY, April 3rd at the North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
FREE EVENT, starts 7PM
The event’s lineup represents four decades of performers born through Burris’ inspiration, not just as a teacher, but also a friend and mentor. All groups are almost entirely comprised of former music students and aides. Burris, the beloved quadriplegic music teacher, fostered hundreds of artists through his 40-year tutelage at Miami Beach Senior High School and his Rock Ensemble program – the first ever of its kind – started back in 1972. Burris passed away on January 28th at the age of 73 after a lifetime battle with multiple sclerosis.
Spacekamel, an up-and-coming groove band, will kick off the show followed by The Macsters, a power pop band who originally formed in the late ‘80s. Psychedelic experimental rock act The Velocity Gospel will follow before Ex Norwegian, proclaimed as one of the “brightest pop rock bands” by RingMaster Review, brings the night to a close. In between acts will be acoustic performers connected to this local legend: David Weinstein, Jennifer Kaiser, Rodolfo Troncoso, and Karen Feldner, and more.
“To Burris, every day was an invitation to enjoy great music. This concert will unite his fans, his friends, and anyone who shares a part of his spirit through their love of music will come together, said Emmanuel Canete. “We will honor him with a once in a lifetime ‘Concert for Burris.’”
Burris wrote in his memoir, Walk & Roll, “The community [always] deserved a free concert, especially around the holidays and in the spring.” This night will stay true to that creed.
The free event at the beautiful open-air North Beach Bandshell welcomes people of all ages and abilities. There will be food trucks and beverage stations available throughout the event.
The city of Miami Beach proclaimed April 11 as “Doug Burris Day,” in recognition of his 40 years of commitment to the musical education of his students, his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry, and for serving as a beacon of accomplishment for others with multiple sclerosis as well as the Miami Beach community at large.