By now you’ve come to expect a two-day fete of great music, good vibes, and lots of fun at the annual Jazz in the Gardens music fest. This year’s festival is no different with a lineup including Philly’s own Jill Scott and The Roots, the rapper who never ages LL Cool J, blue-eyed soul singer Robin Thicke, rap lyricist Common, plus Morris Day & The Time and Herbie Hancock for the old heads. They’ve got Smokie Norful for the saved and sanctified, and Esperanza Spalding with all of her jazz funk. There’s even the Jazz in the Gardens Allstars featuring Chante Moore, Marion Meadows, Will Downing and music by newcomer Andra Day.
What’s different this year are added experiences that expands the weekend lineup. Check out these additional events to boost your festival experience.
1. Jazz in the Gardens Opening Night Party
Miami’s own A. Randolph presents a musical experience featuring The SMASH Room Project for this opening night party hosted by Hot 105’s Rick Party.
2. Film, Music, Art, and Culture Conference
This year’s JIG adds a new element to the weekend experience. The Knight Foundation has teamed up with JIG to present Arts in the Gardens Conference, a half day conference on film, music, art, and culture. In addition to discussions on creative industries, the conference also includes art installations and interactive art experiences, networking with people from diverse industries, a local film showcase, Poetry in the Gardens competition, and a luncheon and panel discussion with industry leaders. Featured panelists include Rico Love, Monica, Felecia Hatcher, Kalyn James, Michael Maulden, Abebe Lewis, and more.
3. Jam Session with Eric Roberson
R&B Soul Man Eric Roberson throws down for a jam session following the battle at the mic between twelve finalists competing for up to $10,000 in the Poetry in the Gardens contest earlier in the evening from 8pm to 11pm.
4. “As A Matter of Black” Art Exhibit
Presented by MUCE 305, the exhibit features art from here and across the country and will be showcased at the festival. You can check out the exhibition at the festival.