This weekend: 27th Annual 2nd Street Festival

10/2/2015, 9:41 p.m.
This weekend: 27th Annual 2nd Street Festival
Views of 2nd Street Festival 2013 Photo by Sandra Sellars


The 27th Annual 2nd Street Festival outdoor event has been cancelled because of the threat of potentially dangerous weather. However, a concert by the group Con Funk Shun, will take place, but indoors, according to Venture Richmond, which produces the event. The free concert will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at The Hippodrome, 528 N. 2nd St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with entry being on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info: www.venturerichmond.com

This weekend: 27th Annual 2nd Street Festival

Thousands of people will enjoy music, food, fun and more at the 27th Annual 2nd Street Festival in historic Jackson Ward this weekend.

The two-day festival — set for Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4 — celebrates the history, present and future of the historic neighborhood that was a vital part of daily life for Richmond’s African-American community.

R&B band, Con Funk Shun, and Richmond jazz artist James “Saxmo” Gates are headlin- ing about 40 acts and performers scheduled to entertain festivalgoers on the streets between Broad and Jackson.

Con Funk Shun had a string of top 10 hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including “Ffun,” “Shake

and Dance with Me” and “Chase Me.”

The eclectic Mr. Gates, a 1978 graduate of Richmond’s former John F. Kennedy High School, is a three