You know how some people have that envious storyline that goes, “I saw [insert name of amazing music artist here] at [intimate, informal setting)] back in [year]”? You can claim one such storyline this Saturday, Dec. 18, in the parking lot of Sarasota's Robert L. Taylor Community Center, where R&B star Musiq Soulchild will put on a free concert.
Musiq Soulchild recorded Billboard chart-topping singles from 2000 to 2011, and has been nominated for a Grammy 13 times for both songs (one a duet with Mary J. Blige) and albums. He’s also been featured on singles with Santana and The Roots.
The event is preceded by a free holiday giveaway. In the spirit of a family-friendly festival, you're invited to bring the kids and a lawn chair. There will be bounce houses, food vendors and, from 9 a.m. to noon, a drive-through at which families can receive free food, toys and clothes. There will also be a community health fair, offering free Covid-19 vaccines, Covid testing, blood pressure checks and a host of other on-the-spot health prevention services.
The concert kicks off at 1 p.m. and will also feature area singers Jac Ross, Alyssa Moneyse and Chris Louis. Sarasota City Commissioner Kyle Battie will be a guest speaker.
The event, “Miracle on 27th Street Holiday Giveaway,” is in its second year and is slated to become an annual mainstay. Indelible Business Solutions Inc. is sponsoring it with the added support of the City of Sarasota, the White House Family Foundation, the Giving Closet and the Hay Family Foundation. Indelible helps local governments manage federal monies and supports minority health equity, education, college success, internships and food security across the state. One of the company's founders, Michael White, grew up in Newtown, where the event is being held.
Guests are encouraged to register here. Registration isn't necessary, however. The event will take place outdoors at the Robert L. Taylor Community Center, 1845 34th St., Sarasota, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. Park at nearby Booker High School; shuttles will be provided.