The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont is in its 6th year and it just keeps getting hotter! Local and international jazz artists grace the stage for the three-day long festival. The event kicked off Friday, August 7th at the historic Hippodrome Theater in Jackson Ward, with a festive crowd “second lining” down Broad Street, led by the St. Paul’s men’s choir and New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band. The festival moved into the 100-acre public park, Maymont, on Saturday for the duration of the festival.
I made the event a combination of work and play– some of my very favorite artists were headlining this year’s festival:
Anthony Hamilton threw it up and took it all of the way down at the Richmond Jazz Festival on Sunday evening.
New Edition kicked it old-school on Saturday night.
Ms. Lauryn Hill started out her set “Unplugged” by stirring the crowd, finishing with a rousing rendition of “Doo Wop (That Thing)”.
Macy Gray and Anthony Hamilton had a chat while watching Lauryn Hill’s set.
The photos didn’t stop after the headliners. Maymont is BEAUTIFUL and I spent two glorious days listening to wonderful music and hanging out with great friends.
My aunt and my sisters were my partners in crime on Saturday.
The park is beautiful and we strolled from stage to stage.
BMW of Richmond is one of the longtime sponsors of the event.
Rebirth Brass Band took the stage again on Saturday.
The orchestra takes its final bow.
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra kept the crowd dancing.
Will Downing is surprisingly funny. If you’ve heard his music, you know what I mean.
This is one of the times when you’re happy to see folks from work on the weekend! Hi John and Michael!
Andrew is the meteorologist with the mostest!
Kendra was doing what is referred to as “sangin’ “.
This begins the section I call “Friends on Phones”.
“Friends on Phones”.
“Friends on phones”.
“Friends on Phones”
My friend, Brelan, works for JILive, the company that produces this amazing event.
I swear Anthony is looking right at me. #DeepEyeContact
Anthony kept the crowd rockin’!
Karla is not only a terrific anchor, but one of the sweetest people I know.
Can’t stop the music.
The whole neighborhood comes out for the jazz fest!
The crowd captures Lauryn any way they can.
Lauryn Hill started off with unpluggled and amped up into a finale of “Doo Wop (That Thing)”.
But wait. That wasn’t it…
This look likes so much fun. I have never been to a Jazz festival but I think it would be so awesome to attend one. I am here for Lauren Hill and some great Music. Love the pictures.
Kita, I’m telling you, even if you’re not a jazz fan, Jazz Festivals always seem to have the niceest ambiance and greatest people. Lauryn was great and so gracious with all of us after the show.
WOW…you really captured the energy of that fabulous event! Your photos are great!
Thanks so much! You know how fun the event is, I’m glad the pictures captured the event!
Looks like a good time and perfect way to end the summer! I have not seen Macy Gray in a while – she still looks the same!! Thanks for sharing this!
Ooh I’m so jealous!! LOVE Lauryn Hill!!!! The Unplugged album is everything! Looks like you and a great time, love the photos.
I don’t really think I’ve ever been to a Jazz festival before. It seemed like you guys had a blast.
This looks like a great event! Anthony Hamilton. New Edition and Lauryn Hill…oh my! I would have been in heaven. Thanks for sharing your experience.
I promise I need to get out to see more live music shows!! This looked like fun. I really want to see New Edition in concert.
Bernetta, live music is my LIFE. New Edition was excellent, they put on a heck of a show!
So this is what was going on while I was at Diner En Blanc??? Very nice. My parents were there – they attend every year!
You didn’t know your parents were in Richmond turning up without you, did you? It really is an awesome event, Jonna, you should come next year!
Oh this looks like tons of fun! I am a HUGE Anthony Hamilton and Lauryn Hill fan so I know I would of really enjoyed this festival.
I can’t even front…it was tooooo good! Anthony Hamilton, especially. He was absolutely FANTASTIC.
I need to make it to this event next year! All of the candid shots invites us in to experience the event through your eyes. ” Second lining” down the road and seeing my home state brethren Mr. Hamilton, would have been worth it all. Fantastic article.
I am jealous, whaaaat!! I love Lauryn Hill and Macy Gray, looks like you had a blast…
OMG I almost lost it when I saw L-Boogie! I haven’t been to a concert this good in a long time!