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2nd Street Festival Releases Full Schedule

The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, live and in person, Saturday – Sunday, October 1-2. Marking its 34th year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond.




The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, live and in person, Saturday – Sunday, October 1-2. Marking 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 grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest street festivals. Thousands visit historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days 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 celebration and homecoming over two days that features three stages of live musical entertainment along with popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.

“I am excited to bring Grandmaster Flash back to Richmond. He last performed in 2015 and based on our initial announcement in July, RVA is eager to see him, too,” said Sharon Bassard, booking and festival manager at Venture Richmond. “The ceremonial kickoff mini parade and the re-opening of the Kidz Zone are some highlights this year! We do suggest that folks bring their own chairs to best enjoy the shows at each stage.”

2nd Street Festival 2022 Stage Schedule

(Subject to change)

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

11:30 – 12:15pm Aubrey Smalls Quartet
12:45 – 1:30pm Ban Caribe
2:00 – 3:00pm Rodney The Soul Singer Stith
3:30 – 4:30pm J Baxter & the S.A.U.C.E.
4:55 – 5:10pm Standing on Their Shoulders- Festival Tributes

1:00 – 1:30pm Cora Harvey Armstrong
2:00 – 2:30pm Virginia Union University Choir
3:00 – 4:00pm KATZ Band
4:45 – 6:00pm I Would Die 4 U; A Musical Tribute to PRINCE


12:00 – 1:15pm COUNTERPOINT featuring Wayne “Big Patt” Patterson
1:45 – 2:45pm Marsha Meekins & Company
3:15 – 4:15pm Jason Jenkins Group
4:45 – 6:00pm The Marvin Taylor Experience

1:00 – 2:10pm Drummer, Billy Williams, Jr.
2:45 – 4:00pm Carl Lester-El Quartet featuring Corey El
4:45 – 6:00pm Nathan Mitchell – Happy Birthday!


11:35 – 11:55am Welcome – Historic Jackson Ward Association- Janis Allen, Lift Every Voice and Sing – Milani Hopkins, Renaissance Roll Call – Gary Flowers
12:15 – 12:45pm Sports Backer’s Fitness Warriors
1:10 – 1:55pm Drums No Guns
2:20 – 2:50pm The Line Dance Prince – Carlos Vieira
3:15 – 3:45pm POSE…Hair Meets Fashion on 2nd Street
4:10 – 5:00pm Johnny Lee Long Band

1:15 – 2:00pm Dr. Michael J. Jones & The Village of Faith Praise Team
2:30 – 3:10pm Sweet Potatoes
3:35- 4:35pm Hip Hop Karaoke
4:45 –4:55pm Roscoe Burnem – Richmond’s Poet Laureate
5:10 – 5:40pm Dancing with Mama D

Ceremonial Kick-Off Parade

The festival opens with Jackson Ward’s historic organizations. No floats needed as we recreate and honor the benevolent, religious, financial, fraternal/sororal and civic organizations that played a vital role in the history of the Jackson Ward neighborhood. The short parade starts at 11:15am on Saturday at 2nd and Broad Street and moves three blocks northward to the Eggleston Community Stage on Leigh Street. Help to kick off the festival and show your community support! If your organization would like to be included in this parade, please contact Gary Flowers, our parade partner, at 773-230-3554 for more information.

Saturday’s Headliner, Grandmaster Flash

The career of Grandmaster Flash began in the Bronx with neighborhood block parties that were the start of what would become a global phenomenon — the dawn of a musical genre. He was the first DJ to physically lay his hands on the 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 started 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 larger listening audience than it had ever known before. The group’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 Museum of American History in honor of Black History Month opened its exhibit RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture that Grandmaster Flash along with other hip hop artists such as LL Cool J, Erykah Badu and Common are featured. And in 2022, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five were awarded the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.

Featured Jazz Stage Artists, The Marvin Taylor Experience and Nathan Mitchell

Richmond native and saxophonist, Marvin Taylor, has lived his life in pursuit of the joy and connection experience through the power of music. He has played with some of Jazz Music’s greatest including Dizzie Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Gladys Knight, Alex Bugnon, Kirk Whalum, Bob James and many others. Taylor performs Saturday, October 1 from 4:45-6:00pm on the Jazz Stage. Closing the Jazz Stage on Sunday, is Nathan Mitchell. Back by popular demand, this Grammy nominated and three-time NAACP Image Award keyboardist has performed twice at the festival and is a fan favorite. He will be featured Sunday, October 2 at 4:45pm.

Sunday’s Closing Performance, I Would Die 4U: A Musical Tribute to PRINCE

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

Official Festival Poster Artist, Jowarnise Caston

The 2022 official poster was commissioned to Jowarnise Caston, a figurative artist based in Richmond.

“Drawing inspiration from African textile design, contemporary fashions, and urban culture, Jowarnise developed a late interest in portraiture, mainly in the mediums of painting and drawing, after earning her Bachelor of Fine Art from Virginia State University. She blends classical painting with her years of graphic design experience. Most of her works combine a wide range of references from classical painting, pop culture, and her personal experience. Jowarnise, visual artist and designer, explores the human condition with them related to race, social class, and culture through her art. Best known for her naturalistic portraits of women in eloquent poses, she often focuses on the female African American experience.” Mending Walls RVA

The new poster will be unveiled on September 21, watch on Facebook Live! Posters will be available for sale at the Venture Richmond tent on 2nd Street at the festival.

Radio One “2nd Street MIX” Weekend

Back again for another year, 2nd Street Festival partner Radio One’s “2nd Street MIX” weekend will get you ready for the festival by bringing you mixes from the hottest DJs in the city! Tune into 99.3/105.7 KISS FM on Saturday, October 1 from 4:00pm-midnight and Sunday, October 2 from noon-7:00pm. Hear mixes from DJ King Tutt, DJ Drake, and DJ Lonnie B playing all your favorite 2nd Street Festival hits!

FREE Walking Tours, guided by Gary Flowers

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. Tour groups meet on the sidewalk at the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, 2nd & E. Leigh Street, and leave at 1:00pm on Saturday and at 1:00pm on Sunday. 60-minute tours.

Kidz Zone

The Children’s Museum is back to produce the much-loved Kidz Zone! Some of the fun activities planned include making their iconic bag hats, creating a community art mural, assembling a cardboard house puzzle of the Maggie Walker house as well as a physical activity area with a variety of yard games. Balloons By Extreme will be on site for some balloon twisting fun too! The Kidz Zone is located in the parking lot between Clay and Leigh Street off of 2nd Street.

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