Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Janelle Monae round out the performer lineup for this year’s Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival. The 11th annual music and food fest will take place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on March 18-20.
Franklin will headline the first night of performances on March 19. The evening’s lineup includes Kool & the Gang, Michael McDonald, the Average White Band and the Jazz in the Gardens All Stars, featuring Najee, Alex Bugnon and Regina Belle. The following evening, Usher leads a roster co-starring Babyface, Janelle Monae, jazz/R&B/funk keyboardist Brian Culbertson and gospel icon Fred Hammond. Comedian/actor/radio personality Rickey Smiley will host. For ongoing updates, visit JazzInTheGardens.com.
More than 73,000 attended last year’s Jazz in the Gardens, which marked the festival’s 10th anniversary. Performers included Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Sheila E. and Roy Ayers with onstage cameo appearances by Empire’s Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray.