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.
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.
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