Another Jazz in the Gardens has come and gone. Everyone has their own opinions however his year’s performances definitely get my stamp of approval. The two day music festival was hosted by Michael Baisden and took place in Miami Gardens, Fla at the Sun Life Stadium (formerly the Dolphin Stadium) March 20th and 21st.
First up on the recap, Ms. Lauryn Hill. Before i go on, when did Lauryn Hill start going by Ms. Lauryn Hill, did I miss the memo? Anyhow, I heard mixed reviews about her get-up (see pic) and her tardiness but we all know that she’s been on her “artistic don’t care craziness” for a couple years now.
Her look is….interesting. It looks like bag lady meets artist. Some say the look was too “all over the place” but I actually like everything about it, even the fact she is wearing a flat brimmed Yankees hat, layers of shirts and hot red leather jacket with a black puffy ball gown. I know she had to be roasting in those layers of clothing considering she performed in Miami under hot stage lights. To each his own, it works for her.
Though her get up was a bit different and she was late due to “technical difficulties” no one can deny her talent. During her performance she belted out tracks from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as well as classic Fugees cuts: “Superstar,” “How Many Mics”, and my personal favorite “Everything Is Everything.”
Up next on the recap, the “Heads of State (Bobby Brown, Johnny Gil and Ralph Tresvant). They performed many of their hits such as Tresvant’s “Stone Cold Gentleman,” Brown’s “Every Little Step,” and Gill’s “There U Go.” The performance seemed pretty civilized But then halfway through “Roni,” Brown reverted to the back in the day Bobby Brown…you know the unpredictable stage hogging Bobby Brown that may just do something crazy during the show. And that is exactly what he did.
He first paused to address the females in the audience: “Are there any Ronis out there tonight? Single? Or that your man’s getting on your goddamn nerves? One or the other, you choose. I’ll be here! I’ll wait!” He kneeled down. “You know, sometimes when I ain’t got the words to tell my lady how I’m feelin’ at the time, this is the shit I do. I ask my guitar player to come over, stand outside the window, and just take it there. Take it all the way there while I do this shit!” And then the self proclaimed “King of R&B” Bobby Brown dry-humped the stage like an animal in heat. Can’t say that is wasn’t entertaining though!
Charlie Wilson did his thing as well. He came out vibrantly stepping with his backup dancers in a black and purple glittery ensemble and tore the stage down! At 58 who knew he had it in him? He performed classic hits like the Gap Band’s “Party Train” and ran through R&B baby-makers like “Let’s Chill,” “Whatcha Wanna Do,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Charlie definitely gave his fans their money’s worth.
Musiq Soulchild also hit the stage and blessed the crowd with his soulful voice. The crowd sang along to his hits “Buddy” and “Love.”
En Vogue put on a spectacular show as well! The foursome sashayed onto the stage in skin tight shinny leggings and flowy sequin blouses. They definitely showed the crowd that their moves and sexy are still very much in tact. After performing their hits, “Hold On,” “My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Free Your Mind,” and “Whatta Man” it is clear to see how they have sold over 8 million records.
The celebs weren’t the only ones performing. Check out these folks busting a few old school dances during an interlude and Charlie Wilson’s performance!
If you missed Jazz in the Gardens this year, no worries. It’s an annual music festival and you can catch another awesome lineup in 2012.
For more info go to www.jazzinthegardens.com