The 7th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest returns to Florida's Riviera this November in a weekend celebrating the soulful sounds of jazz music. Taking place from Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 16, the event is being produced by the City of Sunny Isles Beach in partnership with the Sunny Isles Beach Tourism and Marketing Council to benefit Joshua's Heart Foundation.
"We are excited to host Jazz Fest 2014," said Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup. "This music festival weekend isn't only about extraordinary jazz. It's an opportunity to experience all that Sunny Isles Beach has to offer. Spend the day soaking in the sun on our white sand beach, discovering a new adventure, shopping or enjoying a spa day and then stroll over to the park on Saturday night for a cool jazz concert under the stars."
Expected to attract more than 2,000 festival goers, this year's Jazz Fest will celebrate the theme "What a Wonderful World," befitting Sunny Isles Beach where residents and guests alike enjoy world class weather, services, amenities and cultural activities. The festival opens on Friday, Nov. 14 with a dinner event at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, located at 17875 Collins Avenue.
The main event takes place on Saturday evening at Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Avenue, featuring local jazz artists like Leon Foster Thomas, a unique force in modern jazz labeled as "the next big thing on his instrument" by All About Jazz, accompanied by the Melton Mustafa Orchestra. Other featured artists include LeNard Rutledge, named Best Jazz Artist by the Miami New Times, and celebrated vocalists Brenda Alford and Rochelle Lightfoot.
On Sunday, Trump International Beach Resort, located at 18001 Collins Avenue, will host a Jazz Brunch pairing a menu of savory Southern cuisine with soulful jazz to close the weekend festivities.
Visitors and residents alike are invited to enjoy one of Miami's most vibrant music festivals, with a jam-packed weekend of live music, culinary experiences and white sand beaches to enjoy.
The 7th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
The event will benefit the Joshua's Heart Foundation, which aims to empower those in need and to improve their quality of life. This non-profit organization provides items of basic necessity, including food and water. The foundation also engages and educates communities at home and abroad about how to take steps towards fighting hunger and poverty on a global scale.
Sunny Isles Beach is ideally positioned to take advantage of everything South Florida has to offer. This eclectic destination nestled between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale is part laid-back coastal city, and part luxury resort and shopping mecca. Whether visitors are looking for a warm-weather holiday centered around golf or tennis, a family vacation with great activities for the kids, or an extraordinary and romantic wedding or honeymoon destination, look no further than Sunny Isles Beach.