Sunday, March 24, 2013

Miami Gardens 8th Annual Music Festival: Monica Brown, Ne-Yo, Earth Wind & Fire and More

It was on and poppin at the 8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival in Miami last weekend. Jazz in the Gardens captures the essence of the City of Miami Gardens and South Florida and will for years to come.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.March 21, 2013 – Miami Gardens’ 8th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival at Sun Life Stadium is proud to announce it has set a new record for two-day attendance. More than 63,000 fans attended the 8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens festival over the weekend to enjoy performances by Ne-Yo, Earth Wind & Fire, Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Monica, Fantasia, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Najee, Nicole Henry (who replaced Rachelle Farrell who fell ill with the flu) and Mary Mary.

“2013 Jazz in the Gardens was amazing. The numbers don’t lie; 2013 broke all attendance records, single day for Saturday, single day for Sunday and the two-day total. We want to thank everyone that came out to enjoy two wonderful days of world class music, amazing food and perfect weather. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year, which of course, will be bigger and better. The 2014 Jazz in the Gardens is going to be all the way live and hot,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert

 Kenny "Baby Face" Edmonds
Legends Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Charlie Wilson, Earth Wind & Fire and New Edition did not disappoint. Fans danced in the aisles when Charlie Wilson closed with “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” and the crowd went wild when Johnny Gill made a cameo during Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds’ performance. Jazz in the Gardens first timers Fantasia, Monica and Ne-Yo brought the crowds to their feet, representing the younger genre of R&B and soul the festival is famous for. Fresh off his UK Tour, Ne-Yo and eight backup dancers thrilled the crowd with performances of “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” and “Crazy Love.” Nicole Henry, who replaced Rachelle Ferrell who was unable to perform due to a high fever and flu like symptoms, belted out tunes from her new album “So Good So Right”, a tribute to 70’s soul music.
 Charlie Wilson
 Earth Wind & Fire

Gospel Divas Mary Mary offered a rousing and inspirational performance that brought the house down and jazz favorite saxophonist Najee brought his instrumental complexity to the stage.


 The hair is fierce Miss Tina!

Mrs. Monica Denise Brown hit the stage rocking a pink blazer, white pants, and a fabulous pair of multi-color python Louboutin heels.

Ne-Yo arrives in a Rolls Royce though.  Do it big then!
 Ne-Yo on stage
Nicole Henry

Sons of Mystro
Three local acts were lucky enough to share the stage with these legends. Unselfish, a four person “boy band” opened on Saturday with the National Anthem and returned on Sunday for their 20 minute set of covers from Adele and Boys II Men. Maria Z stormed the stage on Saturday with her soulful range of covers and originals. On Sunday, Sons of Mystro dazzled the crowd with their upbeat violin performance.

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