The City of Miami Gardens is proud to present the 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The two-day music festival from March 21-22, 2015, will feature: Maxwell, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, Men of Soul’s Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson, and Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne. Comedians and nationally-syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley will co-host the festival.
Jazz in the Gardens will also feature local artists Valerie Tyson and Karina Iglesias of “The Voice” along with more than 40 exotic food vendors, an action-packed Vendor Marketplace, and the most anticipated lineup for the City’s milestone 10th year of its signature event. On Saturday and Sunday, doors to the festival will open at 3 p.m. and the show will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or http://www.jazzinthegardens.com.
The Women’s Impact Conference and Luncheon (WICL) will kick off the Jazz in the Gardens Weekend on Friday, March 20, at the Miramar Cultural Center with the theme “THERE’S NO ‘S’ ON MY CHEST BUT A HERO LIVES WITHIN.” The event will feature keynote speaker reality show personality Omarosa Manigault and R&B vocalist Howard Hewett. Friday night Rickey Smiley and a few special guests from his morning show will host the Official Jazz in the Gardens Pre-Party featuring The D.M.C. Band, a comedy show, live entertainment and dancing.
“Without a doubt, this is our most exciting lineup yet,” said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “And by the reports on ticket sales, there’s no denying it. There is no sunnier, breezier, or better place to enjoy your favorite exotic food, good friends and amazing live performances than in the Gardens in springtime. We welcome our guests who travel from all over the world to celebrate our milestone 10th year of the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in America.”
Predicted early on to break last year’s record of 68,000 tickets sold, tracking a 15% increase in ticket sales, JITG ’10 is well on its way to breaking its record for an anticipated 71,000 tickets sold.