Lauryn Hill, Anthony Hamilton and Jazz in the Park: Highlights from The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont 2015

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, RVA Jazz Festival at Maymont

Anthony Hamilton threw it up and took it all of the way down at the Richmond Jazz Festival on Sunday evening.

New Edition, RVA Jazz Festival at Maymont

New Edition kicked it old-school on Saturday night.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, RVA Jazz Festival 2015

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, RVA Jazz Festival at Maymont

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.

But wait. That wasn’t it…


  1. August 11, 2015 / 11:47 pm

    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.

    • August 12, 2015 / 11:49 am

      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.

  2. August 12, 2015 / 8:30 am

    WOW…you really captured the energy of that fabulous event! Your photos are great!

    • August 12, 2015 / 11:46 am

      Thanks so much! You know how fun the event is, I’m glad the pictures captured the event!

  3. August 12, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    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!

  4. August 12, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Ooh I’m so jealous!! LOVE Lauryn Hill!!!! The Unplugged album is everything! Looks like you and a great time, love the photos.

  5. August 13, 2015 / 8:50 am

    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.

  6. August 13, 2015 / 9:01 am

    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.

    • August 13, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Bernetta, live music is my LIFE. New Edition was excellent, they put on a heck of a show!

  7. August 13, 2015 / 11:29 am

    So this is what was going on while I was at Diner En Blanc??? Very nice. My parents were there – they attend every year!

    • August 13, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      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!

  8. August 13, 2015 / 11:59 am

    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.

    • August 13, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      I can’t even front…it was tooooo good! Anthony Hamilton, especially. He was absolutely FANTASTIC.

  9. August 13, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    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.

  10. August 13, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    I am jealous, whaaaat!! I love Lauryn Hill and Macy Gray, looks like you had a blast…

  11. August 14, 2015 / 3:34 am

    OMG I almost lost it when I saw L-Boogie! I haven’t been to a concert this good in a long time!

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