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The 2nd Street Festival will be back this fall, Saturday-Sunday October 1-2. Celebrating its 34th year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in downtown Richmond. This free event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.

Over the years it has become one of the biggest street festivals in the Mid-Atlantic. Thousands of people visit the historic Jackson Ward each year to reminisce about when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community. The 2nd Street Festival is an annual two-day celebration that features three stages of live musical entertainment as well as a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a market and Artists Row for shopping, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club .

This year’s festival features DJ Grandmaster Flash on Saturday, October 1, and many other top artists will be featured during the two-day event.

Saturday’s headliner, DJ Grandmaster Flash

DJ Grandmaster Flash’s career began in the Bronx with block parties that marked the beginning of what would become a worldwide phenomenon – the dawn of a musical genre. He was the first DJ to physically lay his hands on vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward, or counterclockwise motion. He laid the groundwork for everything a DJ can do with a record today. In 1978, he founded his own group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. They went Platinum with their single, “The Message”, and their single, “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel”, introduced DJing to a wider listening audience than it ever had. previously known. The band’s fame continued to grow with ‘Superappin’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Larry’s Dance Theme’ and ‘You Know What Time It Is’. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2021, the Smithsonian

In honor of Black History Month, the Museum of American History has opened its RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture in which Grandmaster Flash and other hip hop artists such as LL Cool J, Erykah Badu and Common are featured. And in 2022, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five received the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum.

Sunday closing show, I would Die 4U: A Musical Tribute to Prince

An audience favourite, this musical tribute group brings the electric joy and eclectic funk of Prince’s music to the stage with recreations of Prince’s greatest hits, funkiest jams and soulful ballads. Accompanied by his incredibly talented band, Anthony Cosby, Jr. takes you on an unforgettable musical journey. Anthony is a Richmond based musical theater artist who has performed in over 30 musical productions including The Wiz, A Chorus Line, Sister Act, Dreamgirls, The Color Purple and many more. He also appeared in multiple episodes of AMC’s hit series “TURN,” the PBS series “Mercy Street,” and Hulu’s latest production, “Dopesick.”

More information on the 2nd Street Festival and other artists performing will follow later this summer. For up-to-date information on the 2nd Street Festival, visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2022/

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