The term "phenomenal" will become synonymous with "unforgettable," whenever a reluctant crowd member from last weekend's mega-event mentions the ninth-annual Jazz in the Gardens!
A two-day experience of electrifying and non-stop entertainment; the packed show erupted in ticket-sales weeks before – a whopping total of 68,000 plus tickets sold; a new record for the privileged organizers, further signifying the famed event as a cultural mainstay.
An All-Star line-up which included Jamie Foxx, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Hamilton, Rachelle Ferrell, Melton Mustafa, Stanley Clarke, LL Cool J, Trey Songz, Boney James, Mint Condition and the incomparable Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The mixture of genres triumphantly created more memories than many of the fan-attendees can count on one hand…
Special surprise guests came out the woodwork – everyone from Nelly to Joy Reid of MSNBC, Kevin Hart, Sommore, Tank, Harry Belafonte, Doug E. Fresh, Gabrielle Union & Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade to name just a few. The #JITG9 host, D.L. Hughley interjected with side-hurting laughter in roast-styled comedic sets.
In retrospect, Saturday’s kick-off demanded more from the performers than years' past. Challenging each artist to top the previous set; dancing saxophonist, Boney James – who knew? Then, shirtless Trey Songz to follow after sultry Kelly Rowland -- who poured out hits like “Dilemma”, “Bootylicious” and “Motivation”.
Ambitious fans yelled – “Pick me! No...over here,” to get face-time on stage? Some ladies literally hurdled to give Miley Cyrus a run for her money during Jamie Foxx’s enticing #TwerkOff contest! Prized actor, Foxx shelled out a measly $5,000 for the winner…maybe in homage to his spirited “Blame It” classic – fitting for an evening of consumptional activities.
Fans from Sunday even attempted to photo-bomb LL Cool J given the current self-ie obsession and fighting over long stemmed roses – a signature player move by James Todd Smith; thematically appropriate for a jazz music-festival held in Miami Gardens.
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