It’s back! 2nd Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont!

Make your plans today to attend the 2nd Annual Richmond jazz festival at Maymont.

2nd Annual Jazz Festival in Richmond August 11 - 14, 2011

The jazz starts on August 11th and continues through August 14th, 2011. Last year’s event was a wonderful outdoor music event spanning two days; this year’s will span 4 days!

Jazz kicks off on Thursday August 11th at the newly-renovated Hippodrome in Jackson Ward with local Richmond jazz groups performing  a program titled “Homegrown at the Hipp.”  Doors will open at 6 PM and include great local artists: Joye B Moore, Sharon Rae North, Forte Jazz Band, Shanta “Bunni” Jasper, J. Tucker, Anhayla Stanley, Eric Stanley, and Secret Society. General Admission $20. The Hippodrome is located at 528 North 2nd Street.

On Friday, August 12th, the venue shifts to CenterStage for the Richmond Jazz Festival Kickoff with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Bio Ritmo will open for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the doors of CenterStage will open at 6:30 PM. General Admission $30. Richmond’s CenterStage is located in downtown Richmond at 600 East Grace Street.

The big event all day Saturday and Sunday at Maymont, where gates open at 11:00 AM include such jazz greats as Spyro Gyra, Aaron Neville, the US Army Jazz Ambassadors, Los Lobos, Robin Thicke, and Jazz Attack.  Complete schedule and list of artists.  Day Passes and Weekend Passes are available. Tickets for all events are available on line and at Ticketmaster.  Artists will perform on two separate stages, so wear comfortable shoes to be able to catch it all! The musical selections will be predominantly jazz, but will also include R&B, neo-soul and other genres that add diversity and flavor to the festival!

For the music at Maymont Park, bring a chair, food is permitted but bringing in alcoholic beverages is not.  Maymont is located at 1700 Hampton Street in Richmond, and for the festival only the Hampton Street gate will be open.  Free shuttle service is available for those who park at Dogwood Dell, Richmond City Stadium, or VCU’s parking decks at 801 W Main Street or 1101 West Cary Street.  Enjoy smooth jazz, while taking advantage of products and services sold by vendors on site, scheduled wine tastings and chef demonstrations featuring international cuisine.

Make your plans to attend! You just might find the innkeepers of Richmond’s finest bed and breakfast inn there!

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