The 11th Annual “ Jazz in the Garden” music festival was host to some extraordinary talent this year with performances from the Jazz and R&B Greats Usher, Babyface , Janelle Monae, Charlie Wilson, Regina Belle, Fred Hammond, Brian Culbertson & Kool and the Gang . With the slew of talent all jam-packed into one music filled weekend, the sunny and sultry sounds built the excitement for the over 45,000 fans who got the chance to explore feelings of nostalgia from these seasoned vets of the music industry. Some of the top performances of the weekend came from the OG’s of the stage; there was fierce competition amongst the men and women who took the stage to headline on both Saturday and Sunday night but with one victor.
Kool and the Gang put on a spectacular performance on Saturday night allowing the crowd to reminisce to their chart topping hits but it was all hail to the ace Charlie Wilson, who closed Saturday night’s show, crooning all of his tunes and making all the younger attendees recognize why he is affectionately called “Uncle Charlie”. Sunday night was a night that made the millennials mark their territory in the audience, although the evening’s performances mixed in some old, some new, some R&B, some Gospel, some Soul, some Funk. The variety of performances from Fred Hammond, Janelle Monae, Babyface and Usher had the crowd engrossed, despite the sporadic rain showers; but there were no bigger fans out to show support than #TEAMUSHER. Usher’s magnetic performances had the crowd screaming “Yeah” from start to finish of his set. With an intro snippet of his BET honors performance which was a tribute to LA Reid, the Jazz in the Gardens patrons got a chronological catalogue of his hits with an additional taste of some of the new, never before heard music off of his upcoming LP.
Overall “Jazz in the Garden” remained to be a success and continue to bring folks from all over the country in attendance of one of the most acclaimed Miami music festivals of the year. For more info on next year’s show visit http://2017.jazzinthegardens.com/