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Locals, Tourists To Gather For Concert Celebrating 100 Years Of Miami Beach

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Locals and tourists gathered Thursday for a concert celebrating the centennial of the city of Miami Beach with a 100-hour concert.

The celebration has drawn thousands from near and far including a couple who took a 14-hour drive from Georgia for the special event.

"It's really alive, really a lot of action.  I mean everybody's real pumped up about it," said Paul Jones who drove to the celebration.

The event, which kicked-off at 5 p.m., was organized  by Grammy Award winning producer Rudy Perez  and executive producer Bruce Orosz.

"Miami was birthed on March 26, 1915, so in celebration of that date, 100 years later, we're going to do 100 hours of fun, artsy and amazing events on Miami Beach," Orosz  said.

The concert called, Hard Rock Rising, is being billed as the biggest concert Miami Beach has ever seen. It's the first of what will be global beach concerts by Hard Rock.

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Perez has been busy confirming South Florida's super star local musicians such as, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb, Jon Secada and the latest artist to call Miami home, Andrea Bocelli , who will perform with The Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Other artists performing include Wyclef Jean, Flo Rida and more.

"We are so excited that this is going to be the greatest concert held in Miami Beach," Perez gushed.

The Hard Rock Rising Concert takes place on 7th Street and Ocean Drive.

The free concert officially starts at 5 p.m. There are premium seats available which can be bought online at


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