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Miami Soul: 5 Things to Look Forward to at the 11th Annual Jazz in the Gardens

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It’s countdown time until the 11th Annual Jazz in the Gardens takes over South Florida for two days of the best in music and entertainment in the heart of Miami Gardens. Whether it’s become an annual tradition between friends, a vacation getaway for music lovers from all over the country, or the perfect date between couples, Jazz in the Gardens has grown to become the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the nation. Last year’s festival was a milestone as the tenth year since the City of Miami Gardens conceptualized the genius idea to create this brand and position the city as a hub of music and entertainment. Box office records were also broken with more than 73,000 people in attendance and 42,000 festival-goers attending the Saturday show alone – the first sold-out day in the history of the festival.

This year’s festival hits all of the right notes. The star-studded lineup features Usher, Charlie Wilson, Babyface, Janelle Monae, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band, Michael Mcdonald, Brian Culbertson, Fred Hammond and The Jazz in the Gardens Allstars featuring Najee, Regina Bell and Alex Bugnon along with local artists CriStyle Renae, April Raquel and Kouture Band, and LaVie. Returning to the stage as host is comedian and nationally-syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley.

In addition to the music, expect a weekend of festivities from the opening night party to the Women’s Impact Conference. Here’s what else you can look forward to for the big music weekend.

1. Conch in a pineapple.

It’s an experience! Juicy, full of flavor, and definitely worth the long wait in the food line just to get a taste. Every Jazz in the Gardens fan knows about the infamous Conch salad from Chef Keith Reed, and it’s always heavily on demand at the festival. Served in scooped-out pineapples, Chef Reed wows you with the presentation and it’s a must have while you’re there.


2. A party in the aisles.

Do the wobble, dab, cupid shuffle, and whatever else the Jazz in the Gardens spirit leads you to do. In between sets and during artist’s performance, there’s always a party going on in the aisles, lots of dancing, and definitely a sing-a-long. With the hottest DJ’s from Hot 105 spinning, including Tony Neal and Big Man Kelly, expect to hear a heavy rotation of funk, R&B, and Hip-hop to keep the party going.


3. Girl Power.

Everything about the Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon is fierce and fabulous. From Cynthia Bailey of the Real Housewives of Atlanta to Lisa Nicole Cloud and Dr. Heavenly Kimes of Married to Medicine and other inspiring and entrepreneurial women (and men), the conference is the perfect opportunity to be inspired, enriched, and empowered before the weekend shenanigans begin. The Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon is on Friday, March 18 at the Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online at


4. Jazz, Food & Art

Jazz in the Gardens is more than just music; it’s a cultural affair. While feeding your soul with the best music and the most delectable ethnic cuisine, be sure to check out six awesome art pieces at the festival’s Art Gallery as featured by the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience. Shop small and also check out exotic finds from the local vendors on exhibit.


5. A fashion affair.

From chic sundresses to fashionable natural hairstyles, it’s lights, camera, action at Jazz in the Gardens. Over the past ten years it’s become more than just a concert to being a destination for fashion trends. While you’re keeping it cute and chic be sure to also keep it comfortable wth the right shoes for all of the dancing, singing, and partying you’ll be doing.


If you haven’t already purchased your tickets yet, they’re still available at Tickets on sale at For more info, visit