The inaugural Richmond Jazz Festival, titled Jazz at Maymont, on Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15 was such a success that it exceeded expectations. Thousands attended the two-day event on the grounds of Maymont, where jazz greats like Chaka Khan, Chuck Magione, and Boney James, performed on two stages – along with some regionally acclaimed jazz musicians. Food, snack, and beverage vendors were on hand to complete the day. Besides the fabulous jazz filling the afternoon and evening, the best news is that this festival is an inaugural one – meaning it will be back! Saturday’s event under sunny skies was a tad more crowded; but Sunday’s cloudy skies and scattered showers may have held a few people back. They should have braved the weather: the showers were sprinkles and they didn’t last long – and the music was great! Here’s a sample video from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Enjoy!
Jazz Festival planners thought of everything, amazing for a first time event in a first time venue. You could rent a tent for your family and friends, free shuttle service from multiple remote parking areas so no parking hassles, even wine tasting for the adventurous. All in all, it was a wonderful experience for Richmond – and Richmond’s visitors who came from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Thanks to all who planned and executed this great event! We’ll see you again next time! We promise!
And, if you plan to come from out-of-town for the next Richmond Jazz Festival, consider our historic Fan District bed and breakfast as your accommodations. You’ll be close to Maymont and you’ll get a taste of living in an historic neighborhood!