Richmond Jazz Festival kicks off tonight with all-star roster of performers

Richmond Jazz Festival kicks off tonight with all-star roster of performers

This year’s festival includes Pat Metheny, Bob James, Common, and Erykah Badu. Robert Cray, and The Isley Brothers.

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The Richmond Jazz Festival will return for its eighth year this weekend with an all-star lineup. Held August 5th through 10th, the festival will once again host headliners at Maymont along with several performances at smaller venues.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the historic Hippodrome Theater, and local favorite Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will all host shows. On Saturday and Sunday, the festivities continue at Maymont.

As it has in previous years, this festival boasts an impressive lineup of talent that caters to both jazz purists and lovers of contemporary jazz. This year’s artists include Pat Metheny, Bob James, Common, and Erykah Badu. Robert Cray, The Isley Brothers, Jazmine Sullivan and The Manhattan Transfer are also among the noteworthy acts who will be on hand to entertain the festival crowd.

This year, the Richmond Jazz Festival introduces CaRue, a prelude to the festival that features free, live performances by local and regional artists in numerous venues in Carytown, including the Byrd Theatre. This ultimate pairing of music and Carytown culture takes place afternoons and evenings from Saturday, August 5th through Thursday, August 10th.

In addition to live jazz, the festival will also feature complimentary wine tastings by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, as well as chef demonstrations, artist meet-and-greets and over 30 food and merchandise vendors from across the region. The 100-acre Victorian estate at Maymont will also be open to enhance the festival experience.

Admission is free to the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the Jazz Café at VMFA performances on Thursday, August 10th. Tickets are $30 plus fees for “Homegrown at the Hipp” at the Hippodrome Theater on Friday, August 11th.

Starting July 7th until the day of show at Maymont on August 12th, single-day passes will be $85 and weekend passes will be $150.



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