Jazz In The Gardens (JITG) and its ancillary events were the latest to fall victim to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert on March 11 at 10:48 p.m. signed a local state of emergency for the City of Miami Gardens due to the virus.
“After much consideration and in abundance of caution, I’ve made the decision to postpone the Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival and its ancillary events – Poetry in the Gardens, Women’s Impact Luncheon, the official press conference and Opening Night Party, as well as the Music Festival on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15,” said the mayor in a written release on the JITG site.
While he knows people are disappointed, the mayor said the decision was made with fans of the event in mind.
As of 9 a.m. yesterday, Florida had reported 26 positive cases of COVID-19 – five Florida cases repatriated (the return of a Florida resident to the U.S.), three non-Florida residents and two deaths. There were 301 negative test results; 147 pending test results; 476 currently being monitored; and 1,230 people monitored to date.
JITG is the hottest concert in South Florida. This 15th edition produced by Live Nation Urban and Live Nation Miami which was to be held at Hard Rock Stadium featured a stellar lineup with Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, H.E.R. Stokley from Mint Condition, Kirk Franklin, SWV, The Roots & Bilal with Uncle Luke, Nelly, Keyshia Cole, Ludacris, saxophonist Mark Felton and Mike Phillips. Comedian Rickey Smiley was once again tapped to host.
Off the concert stage, the Women’s Impact Luncheon is an inspirational experience designed to inspire women to live centered, active, fulfilled and balanced lives. It’s an event to which men are welcomed to attend and celebrated as well. Attendees are entertained and engaged by guest speakers who deliver powerful expertise on how to create a happy, healthy, spiritual and centered existence.
Let’s Talk Film, Music, Art & Culture (FMAC) provides professional development and networking opportunities for those passionate about art and culture, and features prominently among the music festival’s events.
FMAC was scheduled to feature singer, songwriter and author Anthony Hamilton (book discussion – message behind the music); Melissa Mitchell of Abeille Creations, actress; Tanisha Cidel, actress and screenwriter, OWN’s “David Makes Man”, “Moonlight”; Kelsey Scott, actress/screenwriter; Anthony “Lump” Lumpkin, artist; Lucien Adderley, actor/writer, OWN’s “David Makes Man”; Richard Byrd Wilson, writer, OWN’s David Makes Man; and Jordan Bolger, OWN’s “David Makes Man”, Netflix’s “The 100 Peaky Blinders” and Netflix’s “IBoy”.
JITG Music Festival is a vibe that’s like nothing else you will ever experience. It allows you to go to the festival alone, or with a friend. If you attend alone, rest assured there are people that will dance and sing with you, and if you attend with a friend you will leave with more friends, because it’s not just a concert, it’s a complete experience.
Bahamians are among the thousands that flock to JITG in droves for the city’s signature event. And for 11 years, The Nassau Guardian and Star 106 Hits have partnered with Bahamasair, Comfort Suites Sawgrass and Dollar Thrifty Hertz to give Bahamians the opportunity to take in this amazing experience that Tony Williams, Star programming director, describes as “fantastic”.
JITG is a show that Tony said he definitely looks forward to annually, but he said he’s most excited to partner with JITG to give The Nassau Guardian readers and Star 106 Hits listeners the opportunity to enjoy a great show and experience.
“Very seldom do you get the opportunity to see this many artists together, and so for me to be able to do this for our readers and listeners is a real treat. Through our partnership with Jazz In The Gardens we can give them an opportunity to see the best show in town in the City of Miami Gardens.”
Williams is looking forward to the event’s rescheduling to ensure that this year’s Nassau Guardian and Star 106 Hits winners, Amanda Curling and Lynette Williams, and their guests get to take in the experience – Curling for the second time and Williams for the first time.
Woodrow “Woody” Wilson, Bahamasair senior consultant, sales and marketing, said at the national airline they look forward to partnering with The Nassau Guardian and Star 106 Hits every year for JITG and he looked forward to the event being rescheduled, as it’s a hot ticket item.
“This is one of our major events because we know it’s an event the Bahamian public looks forward to, and we look forward to providing the public with the best rates out there to take them to Jazz In The Gardens. We’ve been a partner from day one, and as long as The Nassau Guardian and Star are promoting Jazz In The Gardens, we will be there with them.”