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Praise and gratitude with Shirley Caesar at Broward Center

Gospel icon Shirley Caesar will bring nearly 70 years of praise and worship music to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, July 15, a concert that will pay tribute to the late Rev. Joe C. Johnson of Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

The Rev. Johnson died May 25 after leading one of Broward County’s oldest churches for more than four decades. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Johnson “a moral and spiritual giant.”

Sunday’s concert, which features guest soloist Christine Robinson and the New Sounds of Joy Ministry, also will honor Fort Lauderdale clergymen Bishop C.E. Glover, of Mount Bethel Baptist Church, and Bishop Jimmie Williams, of Lighthouse Worship Center.

The 79-year-old Caesar, who has sung for presidents and world leaders, and collaborated with popular artists including Al Green, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, has won 12 Grammy Awards in a career that has included more than 40 albums, most recently 2016’s Grammy-nominated “Fill This House.”

If we’re lucky, Caesar will deliver the fiery testimony of “Hold My Mule,” if only to reclaim it from the likes of Chris Brown. The R&B singer helped popularize a recent remix of Caesar’s song — powered by the refrain “I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, hams, rams …” — into a minor social-media dance craze called the #UNameItChallenge.

Caesar’s song and its instructive story, about appreciating the simple blessings in life, deserve better than that.

When: 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $35.10-$118

Contact: 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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