“One good thing about music… when it hits you, you feel no pain!”

—  Bob Marley


Florida Grand Opera and PNC Arts Alive present HIT ME WITH MUSIC is a fun, family-friendly, intriguing musical “mash-up” where opera meets reggae, bridging communities through the magic of music.  This show combines the rich and vibrant genres of opera and reggae, leveraging their universal appeal to break down barriers and foster inclusivity.  By both fusing and juxtaposing these distinct musical styles, we create a unique and captivating experience that is sure to resonate with people from all walks of life.  Featuring Florida Grand Opera’s Studio Artists, the Hal “Reggae Man” Anthony and Friends Reggae Band, and a special guest appearance by chart topping, Grammy nominated Reggae artist, Luciano, HIT ME WITH MUSIC transcends genre boundaries and creates a harmonious blend that celebrates our shared humanity.  Join us on this exciting journey as we revolutionize the arts landscape!

HIT ME WITH MUSIC is made possible through the generosity and support from Dr. Dahlia Blake, Dr. Akilan Selvaraju, Dr. Elvire Jacques, the Rhythm Foundation, the Miami Beach Bandshell, the City of Miami Beach, the City of Miramar, The Brain Love Podcast, and Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen.

“ ‘Red, red wine,’ from UB40 and ‘O vin, dissipe la tritesse’ from Hamlet are both odes to wine.  ‘She’s royal’ by Tarrus Riley and ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from The Elixir of Love are both about being enamored of a woman. Bob Marley’s ‘Turn your lights down low’ and ‘Deh vieni alla finestra’ from Don Giovanni are both serenades and seductions.  I thought it would be a fun juxtaposition.”

— Neil Nelson, Samuel M. Townsend Studio Artist Program Manager and creator of Hit Me with Music

Featuring the Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists and the Hal “Reggae Man” Anthony and Friends Reggae Band
Special appearance by Luciano

Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers of the City of Miramar