Jazz in the Gardens Heads for its Biggest Year Yet — Even Without Aretha Franklin (via Miami New Times)

Every year in March, more than 70,000 fans, musical acts, 50-plus food vendors, and dozens of merchandise exhibitors converge on Sun Life Stadium in the City of Miami Gardens for Jazz in the Gardens. This year marks the 11th edition of the show and boasts a lineup including Usher, Charlie Wilson, Babyface, Janelle Monáe, Fred Hammond, Brian Culbertson, and Najee. Jazz in the Gardens is hosted by the City of Miami Gardens for the people of Miami Gardens, and after ten years, Miami-Dade County’s third-largest city now has a pretty impressive festival under its belt. 

“This is my fourth Jazz in the Gardens as mayor, but I’ve been to every Jazz in the Gardens,” Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III tells us. “So many people put so much effort into this event… It started in a small parking lot in Sun Life Stadium for a few hundred local residents, and now people come from around the world.”

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