Jazz in the Gardens 2022 lineup: Mary J. Blige, HER, Rick Ross, the Isley Brothers
Miami has Ultra, Rolling Loud and III points. But the music festival that often feels overlooked is Jazz in the Gardens, which takes place every March at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. If you don’t like the hectic atmosphere of most festivals, JITG offers a more relaxing experience with lineup from some of the best bands in jazz, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. (Yes, despite the word “jazz” in its name, the festival’s lineup is quite diverse.)
The last edit was in 2019, with the 2020 show being dropped because, well, ‘rona. Acts scheduled to appear on this show included Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, HER, Kirk Franklin and SWV.
Now, the festival is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary on March 12 and 13, with some of the acts announced for 2020 in tow. Mary J. Blige and HER are slated to head the two-day event, with the HER star in particular having risen in recent years. Earlier this year, she won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” for the track Judas and the Black Messiah, “Fight for yourself.” This is in addition to the Grammy, BET, and VMA awards she’s racked up. She is also in the running for eight Grammy Awards next year, including “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year”.
It’s not like Ms. Blige alone isn’t worth the price of admission. She achieved icon status after releasing albums like Share my world, Married, and More drama. And when she’s not singing, she has a successful film career, including earning an Oscar nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in the 2017 film. Muddy.
If those two powers weren’t enough, the lineup also includes Rick Ross, the Isley Brothers, SWV, the Roots with special guest T-Pain, Stokely, Johnathan McReynolds, Mike Phillips and Mark Allen Felton. (Local acts will be announced at a later date.) Radio host and comedian Rickey Smiley will return as host.
Tickets are on sale now and available as a Saturday or Sunday pass and a two-day pass. Festival-goers must present a valid COVID-19 vaccination record or a negative COVID-19 test. Organizers also say social distancing protocols will be implemented and face masks will be strongly encouraged.
Jazz in the gardens. 4 p.m. Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13 at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; jazzinthegardens.com. Ticket prices from $ 129 to $ 285 via ticketmaster.com.