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The complete guide to the 30th annual 2nd Street Festival in Jackson Ward

The weekend of Saturday-Sunday, October 6-7th the streets of Jackson Ward will filled music, art, and more.



For the past 30 years, thousands have gathered for the 2nd Street Festival. The festival takes place in Jackson Ward which at one time was referred to as the “Harlem of the South”. Traditionally the 2nd Street Festival takes place the second weekend in October. This year the festival is presented by Altria, Dominion Energy, and produced by Venture Richmond. The fun takes place Saturday-Sunday, October 6-7th.

The free festival is a celebration of the rich culture of the Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood and features an amazing lineup of music and entertainment throughout the weekend. There will be four stages of music, food vendors, a marketplace, a Kidz Zone programmed by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, balloon twisting by Balloons By Extreme and Artists Row featuring David Marion with Liberated Flow, creator of this year’s festival poster.

There are three new events this year:

FREE Walking Tours
New this year, Venture Richmond Events will provide FREE guided walking tours led by Gary
Flowers who has a four-generation family connection to Historic Jackson Ward. “Educating the
public to the place Historic Jackson Ward holds in commerce, education, and dismantling racial
segregation in the United States of America is critically important to me,” Mr. Flowers said.

Hippodrome in Jackson Ward – Photo courtesy of Valentine Museum.

“Renaissance Roll Call”
Also new this year, and in addition to walking tours, Mr. Flowers will also conduct a “Renaissance
Roll Call.” This will allow attendees to be drawn to a special recognition of the many
religious, benevolent, fraternal, and sororal institutions which were organized in the 1800s and early
1900s to uplift Richmond’s Black community during the Jim Crow era in Jackson Ward.  A
“Renaissance Roll Cal”; will be conducted for current members – as well as people whose families were members – of organizations such as, but not limited to: The Independent Order of St. Luke, Independent Order of the True Reformers, Historic churches in Jackson Ward, The Richmond
Planet, The Astoria Beneficial Club, The Theban Beneficial Club, Masonic Lodges, The Order of
the Eastern Star, Divine 9 historically Black fraternities and sororities, among many others. Participants are asked to wear uniforms, insignia, medallions and paraphernalia representing the
respective organizations.

Community Cubes Project
The Community Cubes project, sponsored by Art on Wheels, will showcase how our everyday
living is an individual as well as a shared experience. Their belief is that art is a tool to help
transform and build happy and healthy communities. A cube bench is created from castings of
everyday objects that people carry with them. During the 2nd Street Festival, clay slabs will be
available and festival attendees will be asked to press something they are carrying into the clay to
make an impression. The clay will be used as a mold to cast into a cube bench for sitting. This will
be installed at the bus stop located near 2nd and Broad Streets.

The festival features two headliners, Stokley on Saturday and The Art of Noise on Sunday.

Saturday’s Headliner, Stokley
Stokley, former lead vocalist for hit-making R&B band Mint Condition and two-time Grammy
Award nominee is Saturday’s headline performer.

Photo Credit: 2nd Street Festival

In the mid-1980s Stokley became a founding member of Mint Condition, and after several years of
gigs, the band crossed paths with that of lauded multiplatinum producers and his Minneapolis
hometown heroes Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Fresh off the success of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm
Nation, Jam & Lewis recruited Mint Condition to their label’s roster and released their debut, Meant
to Be Mint,in 1991. The group soon found success in their Billboard Top hit classics “Breakin’ My
Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes),” “U Send Me Swingin’,” “Forever in Your Eyes” and “What Kind of
Man Would I Be,” to name a few.

Stokley charts a new course with his debut solo album, Introducing Stokley, featuring guest
appearances by the likes of GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper and Estelle.
Introducing Stokley offers listeners a fresh perspective of a dynamic voice that has resonated with
core fans around the world for over two decades. Some of his hit songs as a solo performer include
“Level,” “Organic” and “Not My Daddy,” with Kelly Price.

Sunday’s Headliner, The Art of Noise
The Art of Noise draws music lovers of all ages, races and genders who have a true appreciation for
the art that is music. The pictures are painted as each DJ, artisans in the skill of hip hop, feed and
vibe off each other’s groove and rock the crowd. The Heavy Hitter DJ Lonnie B and DJ Marc
transform the noise of the streets into nostalgia. The experience is like colorful impulses stimulated
by the record scratching, the base booming and the vibration of the treble. Mad Skillz and Kelli
Lemon help the audience come together as bodies move like fluid and voices sing in unison. Their
performances produce “a magnetic energy flowing throughout the room when they play that one
song and the crowd erupts as people start to remember exactly what they were doing when that song
came out.”

The poster this year is by Richmond based artist David Marion. This David’s fourth year as the returning artist.

Featured Poster Artist

Every year a new poster is revealed. We haven’t seen it yet but the artist is Richmond based David Marion. A graduate of Hampton University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, he always found time to continue following his passion and practicing his craft. Using oil as his medium of choice he has specialized in figurative art and portraiture for nearly a decade. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, South Carolina, and Virginia, and is on his way to becoming a nationally-recognized artist.

2nd Street Festival 2018 Stage Schedule

WAVERLY R. CRAWLEY MAIN STAGE (sponsored by Virginia Union University)


11:45 – 12:30pm                                 Corey El and the Fam

1:00 – 2:00pm                                     Mighty Joshua

2:30 – 3:15pm                                     Comedian Antoine Scott

3:45 – 4:45pm                                     Legacy Band

5:30 – 7:00pm                                     Stokley



1:00 – 1:50pm                                     F.A.B.C. Music Ministry All Stars

2:30 – 3:30pm                                     Debo Dabney

3:45 – 4:00pm                                     Elvatrice Beslches, Historian

4:30 – 6:00pm                                     The Art of Noise




12:00 – 12:50pm                                 Marsha Meekins & Company

1:10 – 2:00pm                                                 Debra Dean & The Key West Quartet

2:20 – 3:10pm                                                 Richard D’Abreu & Jazz in the Spirit

3:30 – 4:30pm                                                 Fabian Lance Project

4:50 – 6:00pm                                                 Quintessential Jazz



1:00 – 1:50pm                                                 Matthew Steele & The Revolution

2:10 – 3:10pm                                                 Tonya & The Groove Mastas

3:30 – 4:30pm                                                 Bassist Mike Hawkins

5:00 – 6:00pm                                                 Curv Appeal




12:30 – 1:00pm                                   Fitness Warriors

1:30 – 2:30pm                                     Hip Hop Karaoke

3:00 – 3:30pm                                     Dynamic Angels Dance Team

3:45 – 4:10pm                                     Jump Starzz Jump Rope Team

4:40 – 5:40 pm                                    Rodney The Soul Singer


1:00 – 2:00pm                                     Guitarist Zack Artis

2:20 – 2:50pm                                     Crown’s Fashion Show

3:20 – 4:10pm                                     We Don’t Know Yet Band

4:40 – 5:40pm                                     The Quinton Jones Band




12:00 – 12:30pm                                 Minds in Motion

1:00 – 1:30pm                                     Bhangra Dancers – Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School

2:00 – 3:00pm                                     Carlos Viera “The Line Dance Prince”

3:25 – 3:45pm                                     Community Roll Call with Gary Flowers

4:00 – 4:30pm                                     Astounding Divas – Youth Creative Dance Academy

4:45 – 5:10pm                                     Happiness Dance Studio



2:30 – 3:00pm                                     Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church Music & Movement Ministries

3:30 – 4:30pm                                     Guitarist Zack Artis

4:40- 4:50pm                                      “Not the Average Black Girl” presented & adapted by Dr. Bert

5:00 –5:45pm                                      D & G Line Dancing


Visit the 2nd Street Festival’s Facebook page or website.



Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



By Laura Olson

The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors.

The updates also included changes for schools, with federal health officials now urging everyone in K-12 schools to wear a mask indoors. That includes teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status and the level of community transmission.

The update in CDC guidance was prompted by new data indicating that although breakthrough infections among the vaccinated are rare, those individuals still may be contagious and able to spread the disease to others, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wearing a mask indoors in areas with “substantial” or “high” transmission of the virus could help to reduce further outbreaks of the highly contagious delta variant, she said.

Some 39 states have infection rates that have reached “substantial” or “high” levels of transmission, according to a data tracker on the CDC website. The CDC rates Virginia, with 56.4 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days and a 5 to 8 percent positivity rate, as having a “substantial” level of community transmission. However, that varies widely by locality.

“As always, we will thoroughly review these recommendations,” said Alena Yarmosky, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ralph Northam.  “The governor has taken a nuanced and data-driven approach throughout this pandemic—which is why Virginia has among the nation’s lowest total COVID-19 cases and death rates.

“As he has said repeatedly, the only way to end this pandemic is for everyone to get vaccinated. The facts show vaccines are highly effective at protecting Virginians from this serious virus — over 98 percent of hospitalizations and over 99 percent of deaths have been among unvaccinated Virginians.”

The agency also tracks infection rates on the county level, and 63 percent of U.S. counties are in those two categories of concern.

“This was not a decision that was taken lightly,” Walensky said. She added that other public health and medical experts agreed with the CDC that the new information on the potential for vaccinated people to have contagious infections required the agency to take action.

President Joe Biden described the agency’s revision on recommended mask use as “another step on our journey to defeating this virus.”

“I hope all Americans who live in the areas covered by the CDC guidance will follow it,” Biden said. “I certainly will when I travel to these areas.”

The mask-use changes may not be the only changes coming as the White House attempts to respond to the spiking infections. Biden also said Tuesday that a vaccination requirement for all federal employees is under consideration.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs already has required its frontline health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

But the new recommendations on masks are expected to be met with resistance.

Areas of the country with the highest spikes in COVID-19 infections tend to be those with the lowest vaccination rates and places that were the fastest to end mask mandates for public settings.

Some have taken legal steps to prevent future mask mandates. At least nine states — Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Vermont — have enacted legislation that prohibits districts from requiring masks in schools, according to a CNN analysis.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, blasted the updated guidance in a statement Tuesday, describing it as “not grounded in reality or common sense.” Iowa’s level of community transmission is rated as “substantial” in the latest CDC map. 

“I’m concerned that this guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools across the country, something I do not support,” Reynolds said, adding that the vaccine “remains our strongest tool to combat COVID-19” and that she will continue to urge vaccinations.

Walensky sidestepped a question during Tuesday’s news briefing about the level of compliance that the CDC expects with the new recommendations, saying only that the way to drive down rising community transmission rates is to wear masks and to increase vaccination rates.



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Train Derailment Near Hollywood Cemetery Again

This derailment occurred Friday afternoon. A train also derailed in the same vicinity on June 9th.



All photos courtesy of RFD Twitter.

Posted by RFD Twitter on July 23rd

At approximately 1:26 p.m., crews responded to an area down the North Bank Trail near Hollywood Cemetery for the report of a train derailment. Once on scene, they found multiple freight cars that had been tipped over. The cars were carrying coal.
Some of the load spilled onto the track and ground in the area, but there was no coal in the water. No injuries reported. The incident was marked under control at 1:59 p.m. and turned over to CSX.



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Suspect Sought in West Clay Street Burglary

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards.



Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in the Jackson Ward neighborhood last month.

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards. A photo of his distinctive pink and black sneakers is also attached.


Anyone with information about the identity of this person is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.



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