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Miami Soul: Top 7 Moments at the 2016 Jazz in the Gardens

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Didn’t make it to Jazz on the Gardens? Shame on you…just kidding. But no worries. We’ve captured some of the highlights that will make you feel close enough to actually being at the festival.

1. That time when Usher…

Fans went crazy when Usher jumped on staged during Babyface’s set for a quick duo of “Every Little Step.” Usher’s sex appeal and Babyface’s ‘cool’ was the perfect combo. And then they went crazy again with Usher’s one man show. He performed all of his classic hits, teased the ladies with his sexy moves, and reminded us why we still love him.


2. Janelle Monae gets a little wet.

All donned in her marquee black & white outfit, Janelle Monae said to hell with the light sprinkle of rain then jumps off stage to party with festival goers, gave hi-fives, and borrows a fan’s umbrella while she dances in the aisle and in the rain. Talk about a true fan favorite.


3. Babyface reminds us why he’s still so cool

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds still got it! He took it back to 1987 and performed a 17-song set of some of his greatest hits that he’s either performed or written. He even unbuttoned his shirt to show that he’s still cool. Don’t be surprised if a few babies were conceived later on that night.



4. Fred Hammond takes us to church.

When Gospel music superstar Fred Hammond shared his testimony on stage and performed some of his most inspirational songs, he had the crowd hollering Hallelujah and Amen. It’s surprising that he didn’t do an alter call for how much he blessed the crowd with his set.


5. Charlie Wilson proves that age is only a number.

Uncle Charlie proved that he can outperform any entertainer out there and give the most entertaining show. And in true Charlie Wilson fashion, he took us to church with his usual testimony of being drugged up and hitting rock bottom then God turning it all around for him to be back on top at the ripe age of 63.


6. Rickey Smiley and the mighty Que Dawgs.

If Rickey Smiley is hosting then you better believe that at some point during the festival the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will be hopping to “Atomic Dog.” Rickey Smiley hopped on stage and bruhs from all over the festival took over the aisles. Hopefully all of the bruhs have recuperated by now.



7. Brian Culbertson brings the funk.

Brian serenaded the crowd with a perfect fusion of jazz, R&B, and funk. Then he shut it down when he played the keyboard backwards.