MIAMI — South Florida-native superstar Jason Derulo isn’t too big too come back and do some good for a hometown cause!
Derulo’s planning to give a little back on Nov. 11 with a unique, private concert at downtown Miami’s Mandarin Oriental.
The 28-year-old is scheduled to perform for more than 500 fancy-footed South Floridians at the 30th Annual Yacht RendezVous, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
It’s a safe bet that Derulo will Wiggle, Talk Dirty and Swalla.
Derulo’s hits are a favorite among kids and well-heeled folks with mega yachts who’ll dock them at Fisher Island for the three-day long RendezVous.
“I do quite a few charity appearances,” Derulo said in a telephone interview from New York. “But, this one is special. I was a member of the Marti Huizenga Club in Holllywood, and that’s where I learned to do a lot of things. I learned music and basketball, pool and ping pong. Every day after school. This one definitely hits home.”
A lot it seems.
Derulo is performing several concerts in New Zealand this weekend, still he’s trekking back 13,000 miles to South Florida so he can make the Nov. 11 show.
What a guy!
Derulo, born Jason Desrouleaux to poor Haitian immigrants, credits the Boys & Girls Club for teaching him what he needed to know to launch his hip-hop career.
In fact, at the Y2K Yacht RendezVous, when Derulo was just 11, he hopped on stage to sing I Believe I Can Fly with 1980s sensation Michael Bolton.
For real! Derulo still has a video of it.
So, this place means a lot to Derulo, who still has ties to South Florida even though he sold his Coconut Creek mansion for nearly $2 million last year, so he could spend more time in Los Angeles.
“Well, LA is for my work,” he said. “But Miami is for my family. I did buy a condo in Miami Beach recently.”
The Yacht RendezVous starts with a VIP party on Nov. 9 at Fisher Island’s dock, continues Nov. 10 with a yacht hop and finishes up on Nov. 11 with the Derulo gala.
Tickets are on sale here. It’s $1,500 for the three days, or $500 for the yacht hop and $500 for the Derulo gala.