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, Brelin, 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…