dotsJazz in the Gardens Grows in Attendance from the Previous Year, With 41K at Hard Rock Stadium

Published on March 15, 2024 by Sonya's Spotlight
Tamia performs on Day 2 with her dancers Photo Credit: Nate Veal Photography
Music Royalty and Chart-Topping Artists of Multi-Genres Maxwell, Summer Walker, Jazmine Sullivan, Uncle Luke, Jeezy, T.I., Babyface, Fantasia, Tamia, Kirk Franklin, and October London Illuminate the Stages at Jazz in the Gardens

Legendary Civil Rights Leader Ben Crump Receives a Proclamation from Miami-Dade County, While Legendary Rappers Trick Daddy and Trina Receive the Key to the City of Miami Gardens

 JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2024 (JITG), hosted by the City of Miami Gardens, has grown in attendance from the previous year, with more than 41,000 fans gathering at Hard Rock Stadium. In its inaugural partnership with Black Promoters Collective (BPC), the festival, in its 17th year, saw a remarkable 25% increase in ticket sales. The 2024 festival, with its diverse lineup and unforgettable performances, spanned two days and featured two magnetic stages.

On March 9th and 10th, festival-goers showed up and showed out to enjoy all of JITG’s culture-driven offerings. From a varied lineup in food, music, brand activations, vendor merchandise, and art, every attendee could find their place at this annual homecoming.  

JITG crowd on Day 1.
Photo Credit: Jr Mead Photography

This year’s events were made even more remarkable by the presence of a highly curated sponsors lounge and activations for fans to enjoy. Sponsors included SimplyCalder Casino, The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami-Dade District 1, Amscot, AARP, Aetna, Bahamas Air, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, and more. 

Simply activation at the Women’s Impact Luncheon.
Photo Credit: Jr Mead Photography
The festival included two special performances with the “Welcome to the Crib” stages hosted by DJ Nasty, which gave the fans a special taste of Miami with performances by Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Ball Greezy, Major 9, and Wayne Wonder. 

DJ Cassidy gave fans an unforgettable treat with his “Pass The Mic Live!” stage, featuring some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Uncle Luke, Lil Kim, T.I., and Too $hort.

Trina and Trick Daddy take the stage during DJ Nasty’s “Welcome to the Crib” set.
Photo Credit: Jr Mead Photography & Nate Veal Photography 

DJ Cassidy performs his “Pass The Mic Live” set.
Photo Credit: Nate Veal Photography

T.I. and Lil Kim take the stage during DJ Cassidy’s “Pass The Mic Live” set.
Photo Credit: Nate Veal Photography & Jr Mead Photography
Two of the highlights included a surprise presentation to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who was honored with a proclamation from Miami-Dade County, while legendary rappers Trick Daddy and Trina received the key to the City of Miami Gardens from Mayor Rodney Harris and Vice Mayor Katrina Wilson. 

(Picture 1) Ben Crump receives proclamation from the city of Miami Gardens and poses with Councilman Reggie Leon, Chairman & Commissioner-District 1 Oliver Gilbert, Rickey Smiley, Mayor Rodney Harris, Councilwoman Linda Julien and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. (Picture 2) Ben Crump holds proclamation alongside Chairman & Commissioner-District 1 Oliver Gilbert, Mayor Rodney Harris and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.
Photo Credit: AJ Shorter Photography
On Saturday, platinum-selling singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger opened up and set the tone for the energetic performances to come throughout the day. Chicago-born songstress and rapper Tink served the crowd real rawness with her high-energy hits. Fantasia hit the stage and had everyone out of their seats with her rendition of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” Kirk Franklin‘s adrenaline-pumping spiritual performance had the crowd going to church, while Jazmine Sullivan gave the most powerful performances for the ladies. Afrobeats artist Davido kept the energy high and the crowd moving. Saturday night closed out with the sexy and sultry sounds of Summer Walker

Summer Walker closed out Saturday night in a sparkly beaded white corset.
Photo Credit: Nate Veal Photography

Eric Bellinger and Jazmine Sullivan take the stage on Day 1.
Photo Credit: Nate Veal Photography & Jr Mead Photography
JITG’s second day brought more recognition to the festival. Rising star October Londonopened the day with the smooth sounds from his debut album. Songbird Tamia sang hit after hit, and the crowd broke out into the “Can’t Get Enough” challenge. Jeezy gave the fans what they wanted with a rousing performance, while R&B legend Maxwell, who had a spectacular stage presence, closed out the festival. 

Jeezy performs on Day 2.
Photo Credit: Nate Veal Photography

Maxwell headlines Day 2 at the 2024 JITG Festival.
Photo Credit: Jr Mead Photography

JITG continues to bring the best in urban music while highlighting the community, and this year’s event was nothing short of spectacular. With great attendance, unforgettable performances, and meaningful recognitions, JITG once again showcased its ability to unite music enthusiasts and celebrate the power of music diversely and dynamically.
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