Aretha Franklin has canceled her March 19 headlining performance at the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival at Sun Life Stadium. Festival organizers have recruited 11-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson to take her place on the bill.
A statement from festival organizers on Wednesday said the 73-year-old Queen of Soul would not perform “due to lack of band personnel.” Performances in St. Augustine (March 24) and Sarasota (March 29) also have been canceled.
A representative for the singer had told Billboard on Monday that this weekend’s Jazz in the Gardens concert would be unaffected.
A founding member of the iconic funk trio the Gap Band, with a half-dozen Top 20 albums on Billboard’s R&B chart since his 2000 comeback, Wilson was the recipient of the 2009 Soul Train Icon Award and the BET Awards’ 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year, he published a New York Times best seller, the memoir “I Am Charlie Wilson.”
The 11th annual Jazz in the Gardens festival takes place March 18-20 at SunLife Stadium, with performers including Usher, Janelle Monae, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kool & the Gang, Michael McDonald, the Average White Band and others.
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