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The 2nd Avenue Competition will return this fall, dwell and in individual, Saturday – Sunday, October 1-2. Marking its thirty fourth 12 months, the pageant celebrates the wealthy tradition of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond. This FREE occasion is produced by Enterprise Richmond Occasions.

Over time, it has grown to be one of many Mid-Atlantic's largest avenue festivals. 1000’s go to historic Jackson Ward to reminisce in regards to the days when 2nd Avenue was the center and soul of Richmond’s African American neighborhood and was often called “the Harlem of the South.” Right this moment, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and neighborhood.

The 2nd Avenue Competition is an annual celebration and homecoming over two days that options three levels of dwell musical leisure together with fashionable meals distributors, a market and Artists Row to buy, and the Richmond Metropolitan Vintage Automotive Membership.

“I’m excited to convey Grandmaster Flash again to Richmond. He final carried out in 2015 and based mostly on our preliminary announcement in July, RVA is keen to see him, too,” mentioned Sharon Bassard, reserving and pageant supervisor at Enterprise Richmond. “The ceremonial kickoff mini parade and the re-opening of the Kidz Zone are some highlights this 12 months! We do counsel that people convey their very own chairs to greatest benefit from the reveals at every stage.”

2nd Avenue Competition 2022 Stage Schedule

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

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- Competition Tributes

1:00 – 1:30pm Cora Harvey Armstrong
2:00 – 2:30pm Virginia Union College 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 that includes Wayne “Large Patt” Patterson
1:45 – 2:45pm Marsha Meekins & Firm
3:15 – 4:15pm Jason Jenkins Group
4:45 – 6:00pm The Marvin Taylor Expertise

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


11:35 – 11:55am Welcome – Historic Jackson Ward Affiliation- Janis Allen, Carry Each Voice and Sing – Milani Hopkins, Renaissance Roll Name – Gary Flowers
12:15 – 12:45pm Sports activities Backer’s Health Warriors
1:10 – 1:55pm Drums No Weapons
2:20 – 2:50pm The Line Dance Prince – Carlos Vieira
3:15 – 3:45pm POSE…Hair Meets Trend on 2nd Avenue
4:10 – 5:00pm Johnny Lee Lengthy Band

1:15 – 2:00pm Dr. Michael J. Jones & The Village of Religion Reward Staff
2:30 – 3:10pm Candy 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 pageant opens with Jackson Ward’s historic organizations. No floats wanted as we recreate and honor the benevolent, non secular, monetary, fraternal/sororal and civic organizations that performed an important function within the historical past of the Jackson Ward neighborhood. The brief parade begins at 11:15am on Saturday at 2nd and Broad Avenue and strikes three blocks northward to the Eggleston Group Stage on Leigh Avenue. Assist to kick off the pageant and present your neighborhood help! In case your group wish to be included on this parade, please contact Gary Flowers, our parade companion, at 773-230-3554 for extra data.

Saturday’s Headliner, Grandmaster Flash

The profession of Grandmaster Flash started within the Bronx with neighborhood block events that have been the beginning of what would change into a world phenomenon — the daybreak of a musical style. He was the primary DJ to bodily lay his arms on the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, ahead or counterclockwise movement. He laid the groundwork for all the things a DJ can do with a file immediately. In 1978, he began his personal group, Grandmaster Flash and the Livid 5. They went Platinum with their single, “The Message,” and their single, “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Metal,” launched DJing to a bigger listening viewers than it had ever identified earlier than. The group’s fame continued to develop with “Superappin,” “Freedom,” “Larry’s Dance Theme,” and “You Know What Time It Is.” In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Livid 5 turned the primary hip hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame. In 2021, the Smithsonian Museum of American Historical past in honor of Black Historical past Month opened its exhibit RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Up to date Portraiture that Grandmaster Flash together with different hip hop artists resembling LL Cool J, Erykah Badu and Widespread are featured. And in 2022, Grandmaster Flash and The Livid 5 have been awarded the Music Educator Award, introduced by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.

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

Richmond native and saxophonist, Marvin Taylor, has lived his life in pursuit of the enjoyment and connection expertise by way of the facility of music. He has performed with a few of Jazz Music’s best together with Dizzie Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Gladys Knight, Alex Bugnon, Kirk Whalum, Bob James and plenty of others. Taylor performs Saturday, October 1 from 4:45-6:00pm on the Jazz Stage. Closing the Jazz Stage on Sunday, is Nathan Mitchell. Again by fashionable demand, this Grammy nominated and three-time NAACP Picture Award keyboardist has carried out twice on the pageant and is a fan favourite. He will probably be featured Sunday, October 2 at 4:45pm.

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

As a returning crowd favourite, this musical tribute band brings the electrical pleasure and eclectic funk of Prince’s music to the stage with the recreations of Prince’s best hits, funkiest jams, and most soulful ballads. Accompanied by his extremely gifted band, Anthony Cosby, Jr. takes you on an unforgettable musical journey. Anthony is a musical theater performer based mostly in Richmond who has carried out in over 30 musical productions together with The Wiz, A Refrain Line, Sister Act, The Coloration Purple and plenty of extra. He additionally has appeared in a number of episodes of AMC’s Channel hit collection “TURN,” the PBS collection, “Mercy Avenue,” and Hulu’s newest manufacturing, “Dopesick.”

Official Competition Poster Artist, Jowarnise Caston

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

“Drawing inspiration from African textile design, modern fashions, and concrete tradition, Jowarnise developed a late curiosity in portraiture, primarily within the mediums of portray and drawing, after incomes her Bachelor of Effective Artwork from Virginia State College. She blends classical portray along with her years of graphic design expertise. Most of her works mix a variety of references from classical portray, popular culture, and her private expertise. Jowarnise, visible artist and designer, explores the human situation with them associated to race, social class, and tradition by way of her artwork. Finest identified for her naturalistic portraits of ladies in eloquent poses, she usually focuses on the feminine African American expertise.” Mending Partitions RVA

The brand new poster will probably be unveiled on September 21, watch on Fb Reside! Posters will probably be accessible on the market on the Enterprise Richmond tent on 2nd Avenue on the pageant.

Radio One “2nd Avenue MIX” Weekend

Again once more for one more 12 months, 2nd Avenue Competition companion Radio One’s “2nd Avenue MIX” weekend will get you prepared for the pageant by bringing you mixes from the most popular DJs within the metropolis! 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 enjoying all of your favourite 2nd Avenue Competition hits!

FREE Strolling Excursions, guided by Gary Flowers

Enterprise Richmond Occasions will present FREE guided strolling excursions led by Gary Flowers who has a four-generation household connection to Historic Jackson Ward. "Educating the general public to the place Historic Jackson Ward holds in commerce, schooling, and dismantling racial segregation in the US of America is critically necessary to me,” Mr. Flowers mentioned. Tour teams meet on the sidewalk on the Maggie Walker Nationwide Historic Web site, 2nd & E. Leigh Avenue, and depart at 1:00pm on Saturday and at 1:00pm on Sunday. 60-minute excursions.

Kidz Zone

The Kids’s Museum is again to provide the much-loved Kidz Zone! Among the enjoyable actions deliberate embrace making their iconic bag hats, making a neighborhood artwork mural, assembling a cardboard home puzzle of the Maggie Walker home in addition to a bodily exercise space with quite a lot of yard video games. Balloons By Excessive will probably be on website for some balloon twisting enjoyable too! The Kidz Zone is situated within the parking zone between Clay and Leigh Avenue off of 2nd Avenue.

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