6th Annual Richmond Jazz Festival this weekend at Maymont
8/7/2015, 3:25 p.m. | Updated on 8/7/2015, 3:25 p.m.
Thousands of music lovers will gather in Maymont Park this weekend to enjoy the soulful sounds of jazz, neo-soul and rhythm and blues from dozens of artists.
It’s time for the 6th Annual Richmond Jazz Festival.
More than 30 performers are scheduled to perform outdoors Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9, at Maymont in the city’s West End.
Iconic 1980s R&B group New Edition is headlining, as well as Natalie Cole, Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray and Anthony Hamilton, according to Johnson Inc., the Richmond marketing firm coordinating the event.
Other top acts include the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, smooth saxophonists Joshua Redman and David Sanborn, jazz fusion guitarist Mark Antoine, a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock and jazz favorites Pat Martino and Kirk Whalum.
Individual tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $85 each; tickets for both days are $160. Gates open at 11 a.m. both days, with performances starting at noon.
Festival attendees should enjoy the music under mostly sunny skies both days, according to the forecast, with temperatures projected to reach the mid-80s.
Ahead of the festivities at Maymont, other venues will host jazz shows for the festival.
On Friday, Aug. 7, “Homegrown at the Hipp” will take place 6:30 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theater, 528 N. 2nd St. in Jackson Ward. An array of local and national jazz artists are scheduled to perform. Tickets are $30.
On Thursday, Aug. 6, free jazz shows are scheduled at 6 p.m. at two venues. One is at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, on North Side. The other is at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard.
Further festival details: Johnson Inc., www.jazzatmaymont.com or (804) 644-8515.