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2019 American Music Festivals

Florida

Kaya Fest

Kaya Fest is a two-day Music and Awareness Festival named one of the Top 10 Music Moments of 2017 by Miami New Times. Each year Kaya Fest invites an incredible roster of reggae-influenced artists to celebrate one love, unity, peace and “overstanding” alongside supporters from all over the world.

When: April 6 – 7

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Miami Haitian Compas Festival

One of the top 10 outdoor festivals in the United States, the Haitian Compas Festival is a staple in the Haitian Community. As the Haitian Compas Festival celebrated 20 years of music it’s important to show appreciation to pioneers in the industry. 20 years of music, 20 years of success, 20 years of culture… are you ready? The tradition continues!

When: May 18

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Jazz In The Gardens Music Fest

Jazz in the Gardens has easily become the City of Miami Gardens premiere entertainment event. Having 11 years of history under its belt, Jazz in the Gardens celebrates diversity, culture, and art through various genres of music. Event-goers find themselves entrenched in the rich beats and musical stylings that vibrate from the stage. The event not only brings world-renowned talent to Miami Gardens but it gives local artists the opportunity to be seen, heard and possibly discovered.

Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival has been deemed as the undeniable “travel destination for the spring.” JITG occurs annually in March and serves as the inaugural event of the highly anticipated music festival season. The JITG experience is complemented by scenic beaches, plentiful shopping, incredible golf courses, 5-star restaurants, and many other inviting attractions which make South Florida a “must visit” destination. The City of Miami Gardens and its partners are committed to producing an extraordinary experience for our supporters and sponsors.

The JITG brand has extended its reach domestically and internationally by way of an aggressive marketing campaign and meticulous attention taken by the sponsorship team. The JITG brand has been strategically featured in many major metropolitan markets including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Houston, Virginia, the Bahamas and South Florida, among others.

Sponsors have face-to-face activation opportunities at JITG and access to exceptional promotional strategies that utilize current social media platforms to reach our highly sought after audience of active consumers. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where sponsors exceed their promotional objectives and thrive! We are eager to partner with you and can’t wait to see you in the Gardens!

When: March 9 – 10

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Tampa Bay Black Heritage & Music Festival

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (TBBHF/The Festival) is a ten-day cultural event that features speakers, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople locally and nationally. The festival traditionally begins the week-end before and concludes the week-end after the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to promote diversity and cultural sensitivity. Each day of this ten-day experience provides both children and adults with an opportunity to increase their awareness of African and African-American culture and history. This event strives to increase diversity and cultural sensitivity

When: January 10 – 20

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Georgia

AfroPunk Fest

Afro: as in, born of African spirit and heritage; see also black (not always), see also rhythm and color, see also other, see also underdog.

Punk: as in, rebel, opposing the simple route, imbued with a DIY ethic, looking forward with simplicity, rawness and open curiosity; see also other, see also underdog.

AFROPUNK is defining culture by the collective creative actions of the individual and the group. It is a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you.

When: TBA

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ONE Musicfest

2 Days, 40,000+ Culture Shifters, 40,000+ Music Lovers, 30+ Artists, 40+ DJs, 40 Incredible Merchants, 40 Food Vendors and ONE incredible weekend.

When: TBA

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Louisiana

Essence Festival

The annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, presented by Coca-Cola, is one of the nation’s largest live events. Each year, the Festival draws nearly 500,000 attendees who gather for three days of music, entertainment, empowerment and culture.

Now in its 24th year, the ESSENCE Festival has featured some of the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most influential speakers, authors and leaders, including Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Prince, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Steve Harvey, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Magic Johnson, Iyanla Vanzant and many more.

When: July 4 – 7

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Celebrating 50 years, “Jazz Fest” continues to showcase the most important names in music both locally and nationally. Celebrating decades of musical and cultural memories, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, R&B, Cajun, country, zydeco and much more

When: April 25 – 28 and May 2 – 5

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New Jersey

Hot 97 Summer Jam

Summer Jam is the annual hip-hop fest held in East Rutherford, New Jersey and sponsored by New York-based radio station Hot 97FM. Normally held in June, the concert features the most popular acts that hip-hop and R&B have to offer in a particular year.

When: July 11 – 13

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New York

AfroPunk

When: TBA

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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positivity of Hip-Hop culture. The Festival offers a variety of culture based educational and entertainment events, which are in addition to its performances. Activities include panel lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings and even a family-friendly block party for all. The Festival’s initiative is to celebrate and preserve Hip-Hop’s legacy of promoting artistic progression, community building and social change by bringing together all lovers of this great culture.

In the last twelve years, the Festival has achieved a number of memorable milestones with an impressive roster of Hip-Hop acts. These include Nas; Talib Kweli who brought out the Crooklyn Dodgers for a classic old school performance of “Crooklyn”; Common who brought out Foxy Brown; Jay Electronica who surprised his audience by bringing out Jay Z and J Cole for one of the most memorable Hip-Hop performances in Festival history; Busta Rhymes and Friends performance where Busta brought out Leaders of the New School for one of the best old school reunion performances yet; lyric virtuoso, Rapsody, who first announced on our Festival stage her signing to Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation; a “Q-Tip & Friends” concert where Q-Tip surprised his audience with performances by Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought of The Roots, Monie Love so many more to mention.

The Festival’s week long event has also expanded in programming and diversity. Exciting new panels and discussions with cultural influencers and Hip-Hop legends have been added to our Hip-Hop Institute. The Dummy Clap Film Festival has expanded its lectures with discussions centering on current tv shows and movies. Our Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition has added a number of showcases and exhibitions to highlight the various elements of Hip-Hop culture under one roof. We are approaching this year with renewed vigor and commitment to showcasing the legends of our culture alongside the new generation

When: TBA

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Afro Latino Festival NYC

The Afrolatino Festival NYC is a boutique community-supported Festival founded in 2013. The Festival provides a holistic opportunity to educate, celebrate and affirm people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. We represent the vanguard of a burgeoning national and Hemispheric creative, cultural and community based movement. Our goals are to affirm, educate, & celebrate. Join us!

When: TBA

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Oregon

Soul’d Out Music Festival

SOMF draws some of the world’s best R&B, soul, and blues musicians to Portland each spring. Erykah Badu headlined at last year’s festival.

When: TBA

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Texas

Houston Black Heritage Fest

When: August 3

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