Miami Gardens, Florida-
Everything seemed just perfect for patrons attending the 2023 Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival. The weather was perfect which seriously helped contribute to a festive atmosphere at Hard Rock Stadium. In my humble opinion though the star of the weekend was reggae superstar artist Sean Paul who rocked the JITG crowd like no artist that I have ever seen. From the outset the Jamaican dancehall artist brought the energy like he was Bob from FPL. Running through hit after hit, keeping everyone dancing and screaming. The performance was flawless as Paul masterfully played the crowd along with his backup DJ’s and sexy dancers. This may be among the greatest JITG performances of all time. Legendary.
There were other standouts on Day 2. Charlie Wilson simply does not miss. Everyone expected a great performance and Uncle Charlie brought the smoke. Just like the mailman all Charlie Wilson does is deliver.
Keshia Cole I thought was electric. Running through a string of hip hop r&b hits, and soul stirring ballads she was outstanding. Local artist Ronnie VOP along with South Florida’s own Deep Fried Funk Band saturated stage 2 with a very impressive performance of classic soul and r&b hits. Ronnie Vop is special.
Day one featured one of my all time favs Jodeci who performed their classic 90’s flavored r&b. Ari Lennox was great, El Debarge stood out and Jill Scott was amazing. Everyone was so excited as the festival kicked off on Saturday after a raucous party on Friday Night at Hard Rock Stadium. The food, the fashion, the culture was on display all weekend. Congratulations to Miami Gardens Mayor Rodney Harris and his entire team. Job well done. We now look forward to next year.