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Saxophonist Eric Darius entertains at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts party

| Sunday, July 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
Eric Darius and Shawn Hopson during the South Beach Party â?? Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
Bill Peduto, Donna Baxter and Dr. Nelson Harrison during the South Beach Party â?? Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

If ever there were a time to prove that the saxophone can indeed rock the house, it came during a South Beach Party at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on July 27.

The man responsible for bringing some serious soul to the crowd of 200 was musician Eric Darius, who has shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Prince, George Benson and Brian McKnight, all by the tender age of “20-something.”

As far as the theme goes, that was put into motion by host Shawn Hopson (with Lisa), who blamed his love of “Miami Vice” for inspiring the atmosphere.

“Many people in Pittsburgh don't get to experience that kind of environment, so I thought, ‘Why not bring that environment to Pittsburgh?' ” he said.

Amongst the crowd were the evening's trio of honorees — Soul Pitt Media prexy Donna Baxter, Pittsburgh Jazz Network founder Dr. Nelson Harrison and Bill Peduto — and mistress of ceremonies Debbie Norrell, Skylor Massie, Betty Hunter,Chip Hawkins,Gerri Coffee, Lisa Mesha and Terri Epps.

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