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Night of Inspiration

By A’nire Glenn

Groundbreaking artist Jonathan Butler overcame the restraints of apartheid by becoming the first black person to have a record played on white radio in South Africa. He also became a Grammy award winner in South Africa at 12 years old. Every platform he stands on, he spreads his story and his entrancing  jazz and gospel melodies.

Butler brings his talent and tales to FAMU on Saturday to Lee Hall auditorium at 8 p.m. Accompanying him is jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson and spoken word artist Keith Rogers. FAMU’s gospel choir will also be featured.

The production for the concert involved many Butler admirers including Keith Miles. He is “one of the greatest artists of our time,” says Miles, who is also general manager of WANM-FM 90.5, a co-sponsor of the event. “It’s going to be a great concert. People will get a good treat.”

“Fans will get to hangout and people will fall in love (with Butler’s music),” says Melanie Williams, president of PEACH Communications in Atlanta, another co-sponsor. Along with Butler’s performance, citizens from Tallahassee known as “heroes” to Williams will be honored. A single parent who was nominated by family and friends will be awarded a $1,500 prize.

It is important to recognize those in the community who persevere every day, Williams says. She emphasizes that Butler’s concert is a great opportunity for Tallahassee to witness his artistry. Tickets are $10 for students with student ID at FAMU ticket Office, $45 for general admission and $55 for VIP.