The Heart of the Matter

Eight open-heart surgeries would leave most of us in a helpless heap on the floor crying for our mommies, but not 28-year-old Barry Brandon. This South Florida-born and -bred guy became a professional singer, songwriter, dancer, and comedian after suffering since birth with Shoenes Syndrome, a life-threatening disease that put the entire left side of his heart in need of repair. Tonight he stars in a show chronicling his medical miracles entitled In My Own Words. But don't expect rambling monologues; this show is more a concert set to the beats of what those-in-the-know refer to as "ElectroGlamPop." Many of the tunes are from his debut album Scar 2 Star and are brought to life with the help of various guest musicians and performers. If you become a bit of a groupie after the show, keep an eye out for the upcoming documentary The Tin Man Project based on his life before, during, and after his last surgery.

Get your heart on at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Abdo New River Room, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the show benefit The Heart Foundation, which Barry founded to help ease financial burdens for families of cardiology patients. Call 954-462-0222, or visit
Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., 2009

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