9th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest Annual Poster Art Is Chosen

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The winner of the 9th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest Poster Art Contest is Florida resident, Adorable Monique. The Sunny Isles Beach Annual Jazz Fest has it all, from Friday evening's jazz served up with delicious cuisine to Saturday's main event in an open-air venue, and finally a Sunday brunch in a luxury beachfront resort.

2016 SIB Jazz Fest Poster

The winner of the 9th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest Poster Art Contest is Florida resident, Adorable Monique. The artist is known for her bold, vibrant acrylic studies of culture and nature. Ms. Monique says, "…my work invites you to look for meaning beyond color."

Adorable is based in this country, but was brought up in Central America and studied at La Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Marazan in Honduras. Her mentor there helped to enrich her artistic vision. Growing up surrounded by different cultures also expanded her overall view of life. Her personal intention with the art she creates is to express identity and cultural heritage along with “the core value of the spirit of nature.” She is inspired by the beauty around her and appreciates “the noble values of life.” Sunny Isles Beach is thrilled to have this beautiful artwork, “Rising Notes”, represent the spirit of our jazz event which supports musical, artistic expression.

The 2016 Sunny Isles Beach Annual Jazz Fest offers three days of music at various venues, Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. Friday night Brenda Alford will perform at Acqualina, at Saturday’s main event at Heritage Park the headliner is saxophonist Michael Lington with guests Doug Walker and Lourdes Valentin, and the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Trump will feature Jazz Duo SoulSista.

On Friday, November 18, Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach will host Opening Night for the 9th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest from 7:30pm to 11pm. Enjoy the sultry sounds of legendary jazz artist Brenda Alford while you savor a delicious, prix-fixe dinner from Il Mulino New York ($65 plus tax and gratuity). Guests interested in savoring the smooth sounds from the expansive bar area can reserve a spot for $25 (food and beverage not included). For reservations, please call Elizabeth Giordano 305.918.6843 or 305.466.9191 or email at egiordano(at)ilmulino(dot)com.

The City of Sunny Isles Beach hosts the main event on Saturday, November 19, featuring Michael Lington with guests Lourdes Valentin & Doug Walker, at Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Avenue. Michael Lington is a charismatic and soulful saxophonist who has touched the emotions of audiences worldwide for more than 20 years. With countless hit singles on the radio and 8 albums to his credit, he has performed for royals, presidents and as a special guest with Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell and Randy Crawford. Michael’s current album, “Soul Appeal”, has been number one on the charts for 16 consecutive weeks. His sales are Top 5 on iTunes and Top 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.

Guest performer, Doug Walker, is a Steel Drum Artist whose unique sound is influenced by jazz, salsa, reggae and rhythm and blues. Doug’s music “captures the flavor of his home,” Miami Beach. The third performer, well-known to locals, is Lourdes Valentin. Her training in classical, jazz, pop and musical theater gives her a unique perspective which she brings to every performance. Her spirit shines through in her music.

This year the lawn seating on November 19 is provided at no cost to event goers; however tickets are limited and required. Obtain them prior to the show date. Tickets will be offered at the gate only if space is still available. Pricing is as follows: General Admission is free (ticket required, bring own chair or blanket), Reserved Seating is $10, and the VIP Ticket is $50 (includes beverages, food, & seating within the VIP area).

Sunday November 20 from 12:00-4:00 pm enjoy a Jazz Brunch at Neomi’s Grill - 2nd floor Trump International Beach Resort (18001 Collins Avenue). Entertainment by the Jazz Duo SoulSista. $50, plus tax & gratuity, a “Jazz Fan” is entitled to brunch plus one complimentary Mimosa. A “Jazz Fanatic” will receive unlimited Mimosas with brunch for $58 plus tax & gratuity. For reservations call 305.692.5600 and visit http://www.trumpmiami.com for menu details.

For more information, about Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest, tune to SIBTV on Atlantic Broadband Channel 77 (107-5) or AT&T U-verse Channel 99. Details, online ticket sales and alerts can be found on sunnyislesbeachjazz.com, or by following on Twitter & Facebook (@SIBJF). Share your Jazz Fest monuments using #sibjazzfest2016. For questions, please contact Cultural and Community Services at 305.792.1706 or visit the City’s official website at sibfl.net.

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