Major Announcement … Proof that Persistence Works

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I’ve got MAJOR NEWS! I have just received confirmation that I will be covering the 9th Annual Jazz In the Gardens next weekend as PRESS!! This little blogger gets to interview all the amazing talent, attend the weekend concert and write about all the behind the scenes action! I have to thank Elvis Anderson, Public Relations Director of Circle of One Marketing, for putting up with me calling him multiple times over the last month. I really appreciate this amazing opportunity and I will definitely be ready next weekend as the budding journalist I am becoming.

Laurean D. Robinson, MA

Word on the Street About Jazz In the Gardens – Is It Worth Going?

So I’m in my favorite hair salon (Split Endz in Miramar, FL) finally taking care of the mass of deeply depressing hair I’ve been neglecting, getting a much-needed R&R session when I hear a young lady discuss her experience with attending  Jazz In The Gardens as she getting her lengthy weave sewn . She confesses that she went last year only to see Charlie Wilson but glossed over the rest of her experience. When pressed, she admits that she didn’t like all the walking she had to do, kicking herself for wearing heels. Another woman chimed in on the complaints with her arduous experience of “waiting two hours in line to use the restroom” and having to pay $5 just to use the facility. So naturally, both women were reluctant to attend this year’s festival.

This conversation made me wonder about what other obstacles are in the way of locals (and even regional fans) from embracing this music lover-friendly weekend. What are the streets REALLY saying about Jazz In The Gardens?

If you’ve read my previous posts about my experience last year, there is a different depiction. It’s not to say that I went wearing rose-colored glasses but it was just different. I was just may be more prepared for Miami’s heat and elements.

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If you have never been to Miami, be prepared for sweltering sun and humidity that will melt into body sweat. Arrive early so you can survey the landscape and seating. If you can’t go on both days, pick the day that has all your favorite artists and enjoy.

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But the most important tip I would emphasize is having  a POSITIVE ATTITUDE! It’s an outdoor festival, not a club!

Laurean D. Robinson, MA

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Updated Performance Times For The 9th Annual Jazz In The Gardens

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Finally! The Updated Schedule for Performing Acts for this year’s Jazz in the Gardens!
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Originally posted on Jazz In The Gardens Blog:

Fri March 14 – Opening Night Party

  9:00 PM Doors

10:00 PM Dazz Band

11:45  PM SOS Band

Sat March 15

  3:00 PM Doors

4:00 PM Local Band

4:30 PM Local Band

5:00 PM Boney James

6:20 PM Mint Condition

7:40 PM Kelly Rowland

9:00 PM Trey Songz

10:30 PM Jamie Foxx

Sun March 16

  3:00 PM Doors

4:00 PM Local Band

4:35 PM Rachell Ferrell

5:55 PM Stanley Clarke

7:10 PM Anthony Hamilton

8:30 PM LL Cool J

10:00 PM Frankie Bev

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Jazz In The Gardens Performing Artist Trey Songz, an artist with a conscience and purpose

Originally posted on Jazz In The Gardens Blog:

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First Trey Songz is an acclaimed R&B artist, with five successful albums, and even a budding acting career, but the 28 year old singing star also believes it’s important to use his platform to be engaged with politics and the community.

He’s held voter registration drives in Texas and helped get-out-the-vote in his home state of Virginia. And he continued that work at Essence Fest, where he performed to a huge crowd Saturday night, then joined Rev. Sharpton on PoliticsNation Sunday to discuss his activist work.

“Coming from where I come from, and so many of us come from, and having the opportunities I’ve been given I think it’s my duty to share that with the people that listen to my music,” he said. “To give them the insight that I have on the world and to give them hope that this is not all that life is. Whatever you’re surrounded by doesn’t…

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