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Keller Williams playing outdoor, “pod-style” concert at Bon Secours Training Center

The socially-distanced pods will be laid out on the football field and fit up to six people.

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A new concert will bring the first “pod-style” concert experience to Richmond this September. Keller Williams will play on outdoor concert at the Bon Secours Training Center field on September 25th, and the concert will be the first of its kind to offer pod-style seating.

The pods, according to The Broadberry, organizers of the show, will seat 4-6 people and be laid out on the field to allow for proper social distancing. Tickets are good for the maximum number of people who fit in the said pod, much like a carload ticket at a drive-in concert.

A four-person pod is 9’x9’. A six-person pod is 14’x14’. There will be six feet of space (left to right) between all pods. There are 10’ walkways in front of and behind each pod. All attendees must arrive together and the pods are first come, first served. All walkways are one way only.

Tickets are only available online and go on sale Friday, August 21st at 10:00 AM. Purchase them here.

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Richmond Night Market Turns on the Lights for its 4th Season

The Richmond Night Market will kickoff Saturday, April 9th from 5pm to 9pm, featuring 30+ vendors and Grammy-nominated Mad Skillz as the DJ for the evening.

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The Richmond Night Market (RNM) is preparing for its 4th season of fresh and unique experiences for the region. The Richmond Night Market will kickoff Saturday, April 9th from 5pm to 9pm, featuring 30+ vendors and Grammy-nominated Mad Skillz as the DJ for the evening.

The Richmond Night Market was presented the 2020 Attraction Partner of the Year by Richmond Region Tourism because of its pivot to a virtual experience and increasing national exposure to the Richmond Market. Now returning to its in person origin, this monthly open air social gathering held every 2nd Saturday, will highlight creativity, commerce, and community while showcasing the layered and diverse aspects of the artistic scene. Attendees will be able to shop local and visiting artists, participate in interactive stations at the Makerspace and enjoy live music and a DJ to complete the night.

Featured programming on April 9th includes a DJ set and soundtrack for the evening provided by Grammy-nominated artist and DJ, Mad Skillz, a musical performance by jazz band Chan Hall and the featured visual artist in the Makerspace, Justice Dwight. In addition, this season of the Richmond Night Market will feature a new interactive experience for market attendees, courtesy of the Prickly Succulent. In celebration of Earth Day, attendees will have the opportunity to plant their own rare succulents and more in this creative workshop onsite. “We are looking forward to the Richmond Night Market returning to the 17th Street Market to assist with the growing downtown arts and culture scene and continue to provide a platform of commerce for our small business and artisan community,” says Adrienne Cole Johnson, Co-founder of the Richmond Night Market.

Specifically aimed to highlight a curated number of independent artists during each Market, acceptance for artists is rolling and programming for the space is revolving. The goal is to keep the elements unique so that it becomes a natural part of your second saturday routine.

As Richmond continues to reconcile its past and as we necessarily remind ourselves of the 400 year anniversary of the enslavement of Africans on this land, it is no coincidence that the RNM will take place at 17th Street Market. “We have a lot of history to reckon with. My hope is that – at minimum – we add an additional layer and texture to the history of the space by re-programming and recharging the energy of Shockoe Bottom.”, says Adrienne Cole Johnson, co-creator of the Richmond Night Market.

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Banding Together: A Benefit Concert for RPS Elementary School Music Programs feat. NO BS! Brass, Fear of Music and More

Three shows March 4th and 5th for both kids and adults.

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In light of the devastating fire at Fox Elementary School, a coalition of local musicians and community partners have come together for a Benefit Concert for RPS elementary school music programs on Saturday, March 5th at The Broadberry. Many members of our RVA music community live in the Fan; some within blocks of the school that just burned down. We feel compelled to give back and offer support during this tender time.

The fire was a tragedy, but, many schools in RPS are already wiped out – without a fire having to do it for them. Let’s take this moment of goodwill, born from a tragedy, and spread it around to all elementary schools in RPS.

In partnership with The Broadberry, the Fox PTA, and local musicians including NO BS! Brass, Fear of Music, and more, we’ll use a sliding scale for concert tickets (starting at $20) and will donate 100% of proceeds directly to the RPS Education Foundation to purchase musical instruments for elementary schools. The evening program will start at 8pm (doors at 7pm).

There will also be a daytime, kid-focused program (2pm doors, 2:30pm show), free for children age 12 and younger, featuring the Diggity Dudes, Jonathan the Juggler, and more.

100% of ticket proceeds from the March 4 concert at The Camel (1621 W Broad St) featuring Honest Debts and the Jared Stout Band will also be donated to RPS Elementary School Music Programs.

As musicians that have grown up and been celebrated in Richmond, we are honored to be banding together to lift up RPS music programs, and pass on the love and joy of music to future stars of the stage. Join us, and purchase a ticket or make a donation today!

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Richmond Folk Festival Announces More Artists

Richmond Folk Festival has nine new artists for you to check out as we wait, with fingers crossed for the return of Folk Fest.

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The Richmond Folk Festival celebrates its 17th anniversary October 8-10, 2021 inviting fans to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.

The free, three-day, outdoor event is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, the Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces a second group of artists performing at this year’s festival—a program that will again be culturally diverse and artistically excellent, with some of the finest traditional artists performing throughout the weekend.

“We are proud to be back this year on Richmond’s beautiful downtown riverfront,” said Blaine Waide, associate director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. “From returning favorites to up-and-coming artists making their Richmond debut to traditions like Sicilian traditional music
that we have never presented before, this year’s program lives up to the festival’s reputation for offering a dizzying variety of artistic expressions and experiences—all for free!”

Venture Richmond Events continues to closely monitor CDC and Virginia guidelines for COVID-19 protocols for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and recommendations will guide all decisions regarding the festival.(see COVID-19 guidelines)

The nine newly announced artists to be featured at the 2021 Richmond Folk Festival include:

The Brotherhood Singers (African American a cappella gospel quartet singing)
Covington, Kentucky

Donny Broussard & the Louisiana Stars (Cajun)
Kaplan, Louisiana

Jasmine Bell & North Bear (Lakota hoop dance and Northern Plains drum)
Riverton, Wyoming

The Pedro Giraudo Tango Ensemble (Argentine tango)
New York, New York

Rosa Tatuata with Michela Musolino (Sicilian traditional music)
Clifton, New Jersey

Sugaray Rayford (blues)
Los Angeles, California

Taj Weekes (reggae)
St. Lucia by way of New York, New York

Tres en Punto (trío romántico)
Mission, Texas

The Western Flyers (western swing)
Burleson, Texas

The festival’s previously announced artists include:

Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies (Irish)
Yonkers, New York

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (bluegrass)
Charlestown, Indiana

Nava Persian Trio (Persian santour)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Plena Es (bomba y plena)
Sunrise, Florida

Rare Essence (go-go)
Washington, D.C.

Sean Jones “Dizzy Spellz” feat. Brinae Ali (jazz, hip hop, and tap dance)
Baltimore, Maryland

Click here for extended artist bios, plus audio and video samples on our website.

Encore Performances on VPM

Every Saturday at 5:00pm, catch VPM broadcasts of favorite performances from the past 13 years of the Richmond Folk Festival, as well as the three years the city hosted the National Folk Festival (2005-07). Tune in to Richmond public radio VPM stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories. Add these shows to your calendar today:

Aug 28 Dale Ann Bradley
Sep 4 Lurie Bell, Andes Manta
Sept 11 Amargue Bachata Quintet with Andre Veloz
Sept 18 Ahava Raba with Yanky Lemmer
Sept 25 Sona Jobarteh
Oct 2 Maggie Ingram, Frank Newsome, The Paschall Brothers, Clinton Fearon

Interactive Scavenger Hunt

From now through Labor Day weekend, the Richmond Folk Festival is offering an interactive scavenger hunt. It takes about an hour or two to complete, and there are two routes from which to choose. The scavenger hunt presents opportunities to notice often-missed public art, learn about history and different cultures, and listen to relevant musical links along the way. Like the festival, both routes include hills, steps, and uneven ground. Those who successfully complete the festival’s scavenger hunt will be entered in drawings for prizes, with winners selected all summer long! The scavenger hunt runs through September 7.

For all details, please visit our website: https://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/scavhuntintro

More information on the festival and additional artists performing this year will follow soon. For
updates, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org. #RVAFolkFest

To make a donation to the Richmond Folk Festival today, Text to Give! Text FOLK to 44321.

The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the
National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, the Children’s
Museum, and the City of Richmond.

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored by Altria, Dominion Energy, CoStar Group, CarMax,
NewMarket Corp., City of Richmond, WestRock, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation,
Amtrak, LIDL, Virginia Lottery, Atlantic Union Bank, NBC12 & CW Richmond, VPM,
SummitMedia, Hilton Downtown Richmond, ONE Casino + Resort, American Civil War Museum,
National Park Service, Virginia Humanities, JAMinc., Plan 9 Music, RMC Events, PD Brooks,
SmartBox, Virginia Housing, Wells Fargo, Winn Transportation, House of Hayes, TNT Auto
Rental, Federal Reserve Bank, and Virginia War Memorial

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