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5 “Pre Jazz in the Gardens” Events to Check Out Before the Big Festival

Beyond the music, Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival (JITG) dubbed “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.” ushers in the 14th Annual festival along with its additional official JITG events. On March 7, the City of Miami Gardens will present the 3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC) and the 3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens national poetry contest. Both of those events will take place on Thursday March 7, 2019 and the 8th Annual Women’s Impact Luncheon, in honor of women’s history month, will happen on Friday March 8, 2019

The 3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC), happening Thursday March 7th at 11AM – 4:30PM, will open the JITG festival weekend by hosting an exciting one-day multi-genre experience that will educate and showcase diverse art forms. The panel of experts include filmmaker Peter Bailey, Legendary R&B diva Betty Wright, muralist Addonis Parker and Kim Tignor’s Creative Control, who will be discussing the “business of entertainment.” The FMAC will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.

On the evening of March 7, 8PM, the 3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens will present its national poetry contest featuring the best in spoken word across the nation. Artists are competing for the grand prize of $10,000 for 1st place, $5000 for 2nd place, and $1500 for 3rd place. Poetry finals will be held at it’s new venue– Starbucks 19401 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

On Friday, March 8, 2019 from 11AM – 2PM for the 8th year in a row, the annual favorite Women’s Impact Luncheon will honor Women’s History Month by curating an inspiring and exciting experience that will activate every woman in attendance. Special guests include Jazz in the Gardens performer, the illustrious Stephanie Mills, author and entrepreneur Arian Simone, Rashan Ali, co- host of Sister Circle on TV One, and Kristen Campbell, attorney and NFL Agent. The Women’s Impact Luncheon will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL, 33181.

Later that evening on March 8th, the annual JITG Opening Night party will take place with special guests—Kool and the Gang. The kick off festivities will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium in the Hyundai Club. The party begins at 8pm and will go one until 1am.

JITG Opening party will be hosted by the SugerHill Gang.

On March 9th and 10th before the big JITG show begins, take a cultural tour of some of Miami’s historic Black neighborhoods with the Pre-show Heritage tour and Tasting experience. Take advantage of a special 40% savings for Jazz in the Gardens attendees on Saturday, March 9th & Sunday, March 10th. The 3 hour tour will showcase the rich culture, history and music of Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, and Liberty City. You’ll also explore new developments in Miami Gardens, a progressive city on the rise and host city for Super Bowl 2020. The tour will be led by a local, professional tour guide. And will include a delicious food tasting of Southern and Caribbean cuisine made by local Black restaurants. Whether you are from the Miami area or visiting for JITG, there is so much to see and learn about the rich Black history found in Greater Miami. Space is limited. Reserve your seat today! For questions or to book, visit or call 786.507.8500, ext. 901.

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