Planning a block party can be a lot of work. You’ve got to secure permits, book entertainment, and prepare enough food to stave off a riot. It’s never easy to be the party planner, but being the guest at a well-orchestrated bash is a blast. Don’t fret, enthusiastic-but -unorganized partiers: the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival in Miami Gardens promises patrons all the fun of a rocking block party, with none of the work.
A number of notable musicians will be taking their talents to South Beach for the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival in March. The festival, in its eighth year, has drawn several high profile acts from the pop, R&B, and, of course, jazz worlds. The bill will feature Earth, Wind, and Fire, Monica, Fantasia, Ne-Yo, and Najee. The festivities will run March 16 and 17 and be held at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. Also returning is host Michael Baisden, a nationally-syndicated radio personality who played emcee at the 2011 event.
The Jazz in the Gardens Festival is not just another concert. The festival menu features dishes from across the culinary spectrum, with Jamaican, Haitian, Latin, Chinese, and Bahamian foods to be served. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available, as will various souvenirs such as arts and crafts, CD’s, and t-shirts.
Last year, the festival pulled in about 45,000 guests, both locals and out-of-towners, and hopes to pad that number this year.
“We want to make this the best entertainment experience anyone could ever attend in the U.S.,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “It’s going to be an all the way live weekend.”
General admission tickets are being sold in advance at $75 for two-days, and $45 for one-day; tickets purchased at the gate are $95 for two-days and $57 for one day. Group ticket sales and flight packages are available. A quick tip about travel: Miami Gardens just as close to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as it is to Miami International Airport, so check both hubs when booking your flights. If you're planning to rent a car (which you should, since it's South Florida and you need a car), you can also check out flights to Palm Beach International Airport, which is only an hour away.
So if you’ve got a love for music, food, and good company, plan on booking a trip as soon as possible.