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Brandy & Sugarhill Gang added to JITG line-up

As if the lineup weren’t already stacked, R&B singer Brandy and American hip hop group The Sugarhill Gang have been added to the 2019 Jazz In The Gardens (JITG) Music Fest, with one month and seven days to go until one of the greatest parties in the City of Miami Gardens, which will be hosted once again by Rickey Smiley, takes place.

Brandy will take to the stage on night two with legendary R&B powerhouse Lionel Richie, who festival producers say has been one of the top-requested artists from social media, and the JITG All Stars – neo-soul songstress Maysa, saxophonist Nelson Rangell, jazz bass guitarist Gerald Veasley, keyboardist Lao Tizer, guitarist Chieli Minucci. Tye Tribbett will bring the gospel

The Sugarhill Gang have been tapped for the opening night party at the Hyundai Club at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida, on Friday, March 8 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday performances include Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Teddy Riley and Friends, featuring 1990s superstars Blackstreet, Dave Hollister, Bobby Brown and Doug E. Fresh, with special guests En Vogue and R&B favorites Jagged Edge. Rounding out the R&B line-up will be Stephanie Mills and The O’Jays, as well as eclectic violinists Black Violin.

This year’s JITG is for people that love “real” music – music they can understand the lyrics of. If you’re one of these people, this JITG is a must-not-miss event, according to Star 106 Hits Programming Director Tony Williams.

For the 11th year eight people will be able to take in the awesomeness that is JITG for free, as The Nassau Guardian and Star 106 Hits team up with Bahamasair to give away four weekend getaway packages for two for the March 9-10 event at the Hard Rock Stadium, inclusive of concert tickets, airfare with the national flag carrier, hotel accommodations at Comfort Suites Sawgrass and La Quinta Inns & Suites, and transportation with Hertz Dollar Thrifty

Persons can win two ways: filling in the entry form printed in The Nassau Guardian, clipping it out and dropping it off at The Nassau Guardian, located on Carter Street, Oakes Field; or listening to Star 106.5 FM and sending a WhatsApp voice note saying “Take me to Jazz In The Gardens” to telephone number (242) 431-1605, to be automatically entered. Two winners will be randomly selected from each medium on Friday, March 1.

People can enter as many times as they want. The Nassau Guardian and Star 106 Hits will also be doling out a number of concert tickets, apart from the grand prize winners, in the upcoming weeks.

“We’re making it really easy for people to enter,” said Williams, who has attended JITG every year since 2009 and is excited for this year’s lineup.

Williams, who says he’s always wanted to see Lionel Richie and JITG, is offering the opportunity to do so.

“Every year we say ‘How are they going to top this year?’ … But this year they topped it. Everyone who loves old school music will love the artists on this year’s lineup. We’ve got folks like Teddy Riley, who was popular back in the 90s, so those folks who grew up with that music will definitely love this year. There’s also En Vogue, Doug E. Fresh … Stephanie Mills, who will just be awesome, and Lionel headlines Sunday night.”

They keep getting better and keep topping the previous year. We always say how are they going to do it, and they always come through.”

Woodrow “Woody” Wilson, Bahamasair senior consultant of sales and marketing, says JITG is normally the highlight of his year. As usual, he is encouraging people who want to attend the 14th JITG Music Fest to book their flights early and take advantage of their early ticketing prices that start at $256. As the concert weekend draws near, he said, airline seats will be hard to come by, and prices increase due to the popularity of the event.

He said the partnership between The Nassau Guardian and Star 106 Hits and Bahamasair for this event continues to be phenomenal, as they’ve seen hundreds of people travel on the airline for the JITG weekend.

Wilson, like Williams, is looking forward to seeing Lionel Richie, as well as Doug E. Fresh, on the stage.

“I remember one year early on meeting him (Doug E. Fresh). He wasn’t in the line-up that year, but he came out and did an impromptu [performance] that set the crowd on fire, so I’m really looking forward to seeing him as a part of the act.”

Wilson said at Bahamasair they’re working to bring on new partners to accommodate the Bahamians who will be flying to Florida for the event at great rates. As of today, Comfort Suites Sawgrass is offering a $109 nightly rate; La Quinta, next to the Broward Mall, is offering a $159 nightly rate, based on double occupancy; and Indigo Lakes, which he said also has a great rate, is the closest hotel to the venue. Hertz Dollar Thrifty is offering convenient vehicle rates for those who are just going to go ahead and book their weekends without waiting to see if they’ve won.

And if you’re one of those people who have yearned to attend JITG, but just haven’t done so yet, Williams said this is the year to experience it for the first time.

“If you haven’t experienced Jazz In The Gardens, and if you’ve never experienced an outdoor concert before on this scale, this is the one to go to.”

“The problem always is people looking for airline seats at the last minute. And for anyone wanting front-row seats at the concert, those seats are gone early,” he said.

Outside the concerts and party, the third annual FMAC (Film.Music.Art.Culture), where business meets art meets the community, will take place, as well as the eighth annual Women’s Impact Luncheon and the third JITG Poetry Contest with a $10,000 first prize.

JITG line-up

Saturday, March 9 (Gates open at 3 p.m.)

Teddy Riley & Friends – Blackstreet, Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, EnVogue, Jagged Edge

Stephanie Mills

Black Violin

Sunday, March 10 (Gates open at 3 p.m.)

Lionel Richie

Brandy

JITG All Stars – Maysa, Nelson Rangell, Gerald Veasley, Chieli Minucci

Tye Tribbett

O’Jays

Opening night party

Who: The Sugarhill Gang

When: Friday, March 8

Where: Hyundai Club, inside Hard Rock Stadium

Time: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

JITG available tickets as of Thursday, December 31 (at jazzinthegardens.com)

Two-day ticket prices ($16 facility fee on top of each ticket price)

Platinum – $225 in advance, $247 day of show

Prime – $158 in advance, $18 day of show

Reserved – $137 in advance, $158 day of show

General admission – $99 in advance, $119 day of show

Single-day ticket prices ($8 facility fee on top of each ticket price)

Reserved – $89

General admission – $72

Packages

Silver Ambassador – $1,203 (includes two-day platinum tickets in row two or three, two tickets to the official JITG pre-party, two two-day wristbands for the VIP restroom facilities, one parking pass for Saturday and Sunday, exclusive JITG merchandise inclusive of a JITG laminate and T-shirt.

Shavaughn Moss

Lifestyles Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Shavaughn Mossjoined The Nassau Guardianas a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor.Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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