Published on March 20th, 2019 | by Jessica Williams0
Lionel Richie, Teddy Riley, Brandy and More take Over Jazz In The Gardens
For the 14th year in a row, The City of Miami Gardens hosted the Jazz In The Gardens concert at the newly-renovated Hard Rock Stadium. From the toe-stomping tunes, to a variety of belly-filling edible delights, to a one-of-a-kind vendors, this year’s show was definitely an experience for the books.
Hosted by comedian and national syndicated radio host, Rickey Smiley, Jazz in the Gardens gave a crowd of over 70,000 the opportunity to laugh, dance, and sing along to some of their favorite music.
This 2-day event featured performances by Lionel Richie, Teddy Riley & Friends featuring Blackstreet with Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Bobby Brown, and Doug E. Fresh with special guests En Vogue and Jagged Edge, Stephanie Mills, The O’Jays, Black Violin, Tye Tribbett, and the Jazz in the Gardens All-Stars with Maysa, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, and Nelson Rangel.
“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.”
Jazz in the Gardens is much more than just a concert. The 5-event week was kicked off with the 3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC). This exciting one-day event is a showcase that celebrates diverse art forms, as well as locally and nationally based artists on the campus of Florida International University.
The second event of the week was the 3rd Annual Poetry Gardens. This event features a national poetry contest. 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.
Next was the 8th Annual Women’s Impact Luncheon (WIL), an event created in honor of Women’s History Month featured songstress and author Stephanie Mills, entrepreneur Arian Simone, co-host of the Sister Circle Rashan Ali, and NFL agent Kristen Campbell. This action-packed event was curated to inspire women to live centered, active, fulfilled, and balanced lives.
The Official Opening Night Party featured a live performance from, old school hip hop super group, The Sugar Hill Gang.
Jazz in the Gardens is the fasted growing jazz and R&B festivals in the US.