Jazz in the Heights Celebrates Community, Music, and Small Businesses

Jazz in the Heights Celebrates Community, Music, and Small Businesses

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne L. McGhee of District 9 recently presented the much-anticipated Jazz in the Heights Southern Soul Mother’s Day Edition at Zoo Miami on Saturday, May 11th. This event, a celebration of community, music, and local entrepreneurship, drew attendees from far and wide, including places like Miramar, to join in the festivities honoring Mother’s Day.

The event was made possible by the generous support of sponsors who believe in uplifting local talent and businesses. Over 10,000 guests enjoyed an evening filled with soulful music, delicious food ranging from seafood to tacos to hamburgers, and a vibrant atmosphere that encapsulated the spirit of South-Dade.

The highlight of the evening was the recognition of the contributions of local businesses and individuals. Keys to the City of Miami were awarded, and a proclamation was presented to Grant Miller, a stalwart of community news. The night also saw the mothers in attendance receiving a heartfelt standing ovation, acknowledging their pivotal roles in families and communities.

The musical lineup, curated by DJ Tony Neal from WHQT Hot 105, featured performances that kept the crowd dancing throughout the evening. South Dade’s own Gia Wyre, fresh off tour with Charlie Wilson, serenaded the audience with soulful ballads. TK Soul brought infectious energy, getting everyone on their feet, while headliner Sir Charles Jones stole the show with his hit songs, creating an unforgettable experience for concert-goers.

Adding to the ambiance, a cigar vendor provided a lounge where attendees could relax and enjoy a smoke while soaking in the music and festivities on this beautiful breezy night in South-Dade.

James T from 99 Jams and TK Owens served as lively hosts, engaging the audience and ensuring a seamless flow of entertainment. The night was a testament to the power of music and community coming together, fostering connections, and creating cherished memories.

Jazz in the Heights not only entertained but also showcased the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit of the community. It provided a platform for local businesses, many of whom had graduated from McGhee’s Small Business Bootcamp initiative, to showcase their products and services, contributing to the economic vitality of the region.

Commissioner Kionne McGhee’s dedication to supporting small minority businesses was evident throughout the event. His initiatives, such as the Small Business Bootcamp and partnerships with organizations like the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, have empowered entrepreneurs, fostered growth, and created a thriving ecosystem of small businesses in Miami-Dade County.

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