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Miami Soul: R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Maxwell, & Erykah Badu Headline 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens

March always means two things: spring break and Jazz in the Gardens. Celebrating a milestone 10th year as the fastest growing jazz and R&B music festival in the nation, Jazz in the Gardens is expected to be bigger than ever with an all star lineup of R&B heavyweights Toni Braxton and R. Kelly performing on the first night on Saturday, March 21 and Maxwell and Erykah Badu on Sunday, March 22. The signature event for the City of Miami Gardens will be hosted by funny men D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley and also features classic performances by Run DMC, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson, Sheila E. and more as well as over 40 exotic food vendors and a vendor marketplace.

The two-day festival at SunLife Stadium is expected to break last year’s records of 68,000 tickets sold with an anticipated 71,000 tickets sold this year. Don’t miss the party! Jazz in the Gardens is March 21 – 22, and tickets are on sale at

Event Lineup:

Jazz in the Gardens Men’s Good Fellas Day

Thursday, March 19, 5PM – 9PM – Knocker’s Sports Bar at Tootsies Cabaret, 150 NW 183rd St, Miami Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens presents an event just for the men. Food, billiards, and the basketball playoffs.

Women’s Impact Conference and Luncheon

Friday, March, 20 – Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl, Miramar

This year’s conferenced themed “There’s No ’S’ on my Chest but a Hero Lives Within” kicks off Jazz in the Gardens weekend with keynote speaker and reality show personality, Omarosa Manigault, along with a dynamic slate of women engaging in inspirational discussions on spirituality, wealth building, mentoring, hair, and relationships. The conference also features an Author’s Lounge, a Relaxation Oasis, a Sponsor and Merchandise Row, a Liquid Lounge, and a Meet and Greet reception. Rickey Smiley Show co-host Claudia Jordan and R&B crooner Howard Hewett will lead the session “Is It Really a Man’s World?” Tickets for the conference only is $99 and Super Hero tickets for conference and luncheon $135 and are available at

Opening Night Party on the Plaza

Friday, March 20, 7:30PM – Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl, Miramar

The official Jazz in the Gardens opening night party is hosted by The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and features The DMC Band, a comedy show, and live entertainment. Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 day of show.

Jazz in the Gardens – Saturday, March 21

Local artists Karina Iglesias and John Erinosho warm up the stage before Sheila E. heats it up. Men of Soul makes me a classic appearance with Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson. Toni Braxton hits the stage at 9pm, and R. Kelly closes it out with his set at 10:30pm.

Jazz in the Gardens – Sunday, March 22

Local artist Valerie Tyson opens up followed by Jazz in the Gardens Allstar Band featuring Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith on keyboards, Ronnie Lewis on the sax, and Tom Browne on the trumpet. Brian Culbertson opens up the evening set and Run DMC brings fans back with a throwback set. Erykah Badu comes on at 8:30pm and the sultry sounds of Maxwell ends the night.