Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert is all about jazz: 8th annual Jazz in the Gardens

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert is all about jazz: 8th annual Jazz in the Gardens

Oliver G. Gilbert III, the second mayor of Miami Gardens, Fla., can barely contain his excitement about the upcoming 8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival event at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, March 16. Returning host is nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden.

Miami Gardens’ 8th annual two-day Jazz in the Gardens music festival will feature Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, New Edition, Earth Wind & Fire, Najee, Rachelle Ferrell, Babyface, Ne-Yo, Monica, Mary Mary, any many more.

“Attendees will have an extraordinary time,” offers the Miami Gardens native and first-term mayor. Read what else he has to say. –yvette caslin

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert is all about jazz: 8th annual Jazz in the GardensWhat can tourists and visitors expect at this year’s Jazz in the Gardens?

They can expect a wonderful experience, from the food, the entertainment to the music and the people and have an extraordinary party. Jazz in the Gardens is an expression of our community’s love of entertaining, love of socializing and enjoying good food. It is really extraordinary. It’s more than a concert.

What sets Miami Gardens apart from other cities in South Florida?

It’s the people. We are a relatively new city — 10 years old. We’re predominantly a community of working class African Americans. South Florida is a place to visit, specifically, Miami Gardens.

How does Jazz in the Gardens positively impact the community?

It brings people here and shows Miami in a positive light. If you are from other cities around the country – Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York – you probably never heard of Miami Gardens, but after Jazz in the Gardens, you’ll love this place, love your visit here and love your experience as well as coming back next year.

Jazz in the Gardens helps in defining us a destination spot. It’s city in Miami-Dade County, which is the heart of the hottest tourist attraction in the country. It also gives visitors a chance to not only see the beaches, but the people and enjoy the culture of the city of Miami Gardens.

Is there a traffic plan in place?

We do a wonderful job with getting people in and out. We’re ready all around – from stage production to traffic, vendors and ticketing. This will be the most successful Jazz in the Gardens that we’ve had in the eight years we’ve been doing this event. It has been a wonderful experience just preparing for the event.

Check out the lineup:

Saturday, March16
4:00 p.m. Unselfish
4:15 p.m. Maria Zouroudis
4:30 p.m. Sons of Mystro
5:00 p.m. Najee
6:00 p.m. Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds
7:00 p.m. Fantasia
9:00 p.m. Charlie Wilson
10:30 p.m. New Edition
Sunday, March 17
4:00 p.m. C1 Jazz
4:30 p.m. Mary Mary
5:35 p.m. Rachelle Ferrell
6:50 p.m. Monica
8:05 p.m. Ne-Yo
9:40 p.m. Earth Wind & Fire

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