“Music is the vernacular of the human soul.” Geoffrey Latham
Here we go again! Arctic blasts, wind chills below zero, and in some regions the coldest March in decades with record-breaking lows nationwide, has many folks searching for summer somewhere. Alas, this weekend Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival (JITG) dubbed “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.” ushers in the 14th Annual fest along with its ancillary official JITG events. Hard Rock Stadium will host The City of Miami Gardens’ festival filled with spectacular music, amazing food, fabulous shopping and abundant fun in the South Florida sun. Bye winter.
Consider the line-up of this quintessential event: Lionel Richie, Stephanie Mills, The O’Jays, Teddy Riley & Friends featuring Blackstreet, Dave Hollister, Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh with special guests En Vogue and Jagged Edge, Black Violin, Tye Tribbett, and the Jazz in the Gardens All-Stars with Maysa, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, and Nelson Rangell and hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality, Rickey Smiley.
Music is the healing force of the world / It’s understood by every man, woman, boy and girl / And that’s why that’s why I say I love music…
JITG will produce the celebrated event for an anticipated 70,000 attendees at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. Headlining the JITG festival stage will be the voice of R&B royalty Lionel Richie, Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Teddy Riley & Friends featuring Blackstreet with Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister, Bobby Brown, and Doug E. Fresh with special guests En Vogue and Jagged Edge, the legendary smooth trio The O’Jays, the soul-stirring Stephanie Mills, eclectic violinists Black Violin and gospel sensation Tye Tribbett.
Back by popular demand, this year’s Jazz in the Gardens All-Stars will feature Maysa, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, and Nelson Rangell. More artists are being announced, such as local artists Bigg D & Da Band and Sherronda Daye.
“It’s JITG 2019 and we are excited about the talented artists who will be gracing the stage,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “The diversity in the music and talent offers something for everyone, from the most requested artist for the JITG stage, Lionel Richie, to gospel and of course jazz. The city is extremely pleased with the growth of the festival and the opportunity to showcase our home, Miami Gardens, to the thousands of patrons it attracts.”
Other JITG-related events this week include:
The 3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC) is an exciting one-day, multi-genre experience that will educate and showcase celebrated, diverse art forms and locally and nationally based artists at the FIU Kovens Center, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami.
3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens: The national poetry contest is an exciting addition to Jazz in the Gardens that explores the best in spoken word. Poets and spoken word artists age 18 and over are encouraged to enter the competition for a chance to participate in the final rounds during the FMAC. Prize money is $10,000 1st place, $5,000 2nd place and $1,500 3rd place. The event will be held at Lorna’s Restaurant.
The 8th Annual Women’s Impact Luncheon (WIL) is back by popular demand in honor of Women’s History Month. The action-packed experience is curated to inspire women to live centered, active, fulfilled and balanced lives. Attendees will be entertained and engaged as distinguished guest speakers deliver powerful expertise on how to create a happy, healthy, spiritual, and centered existence. Men are welcome and celebrated too! The event will be held at the FIU Kovens Center.
All roads lead to the official Jazz in the Gardens Opening Night Party held at the luxurious Hyundai Club located inside Hard Rock Stadium. Featuring The Sugarhill Gang rockin’ the mic while bringing back old school hip-hop vibes; this party is an opportunity for Jazz in the Gardens attendees to kick off the “fun filled” weekend of music, dancing and great weather!
Last year, I ran into my “Oh so fly” Kappa Phi Soror, Melanie Massie, during the mass exodus at the conclusion of this stellar event. We were on Cloud 9! Mel and her crew had a blast! She highly recommends the festival and fondly remembers,
Whether a girls trip, date night, family get together, hanging with the fellas, or a solo journey, you’re guaranteed to make melodic memories at Jazz in the Gardens. Grab your dancing shoes, sing your heart out, and get ready for the time of your life! Can’t wait to see you there!
For additional information call 305-490-9145, 917-881-2468; visit jazzinthegardens.com; Facebook: facebook.com/jazzinthegardens; Twitter: twitter.com/jazzgardens ; Instagram: http://instagram.com/jazzgardens
Plant, nurture, cultivate and sow Sacred Seeds everywhere you go…”