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East End Festival Announces Lineup

The RVA East End Festival takes the stage on Saturday, Sept. 24th from noon to 9 PM at Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School, 813 N. 28th Street.




Organizers of the RVA East End Festival have unveiled an outstanding lineup of performers for the annual community-wide celebration of music and the arts scheduled for Sat., Sept. 24 from Noon-9:00pm at Henry Marsh Elementary School, 813 N.28 th St. in Richmond. There is no admission fee to enjoy an afternoon and evening of free entertainment by local professionals as well as talented youth musicians and visual artists from Richmond Public Schools students in the East End area.

The lineup includes:

  • Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Band
  • Woodville, Fairfield, Redd, and Overby-Sheppard combined bands
  • Musicians from the Richmond Symphony
  • Mr. Chubby and Sugarfoot
  • James “Saxsmo” Gates
  • Dap Mallory Band
  • Johnny Lee Long Band
  • Tre Charles
  • Richmond Urban Dance
  • Artistry in Motion/Performing Arts Center
  • Decori and NXD
  • BlackLiq
  • Ban Caribe
  • Legacy Band

“We invite the entire Richmond region to join us on Sept. 24 for an exciting and inspirational event to support our amazing students in the East End,” said Rev. Marilyn Heckstall, festival co-chair. “The festival kicks off at noon with a rousing intro by the RPS All City Marching Band followed by a spectacular lineup of some of the best national and local artists in the Richmond music scene.” Festival-goers can also check out 10 food trucks and about 20 vendors that will be on-site.

“Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system,” said James “Saxsmo” Gates, festival co chair.

Donations to support the festival can be made online at and volunteers will gladly accept
contributions at the festival.

To learn more about the RVA East End Festival, contact [email protected] or visit the Festival’s Facebook page or website.

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