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The 2nd Avenue Competition will return this fall, reside and in individual, Saturday – Sunday, October 1-2. Marking its thirty fourth 12 months, the competition 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 road festivals. 1000’s go to historic Jackson Ward to reminisce in regards to the days when 2nd Avenue was the guts and soul of Richmond’s African American neighborhood and was generally known as “the Harlem of the South.” Immediately, 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 reside musical leisure together with well-liked meals distributors, a market and Artists Row to buy, and the Richmond Metropolitan Vintage Automobile Membership.

“I’m excited to deliver Grandmaster Flash again to Richmond. He final carried out in 2015 and primarily based on our preliminary announcement in July, RVA is raring to see him, too,” stated Sharon Bassard, reserving and competition 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 folk deliver their very own chairs to finest benefit from the exhibits 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 “Huge 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 – Blissful 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 Style on 2nd Avenue
4:10 – 5:00pm Johnny Lee Lengthy Band

1:15 – 2:00pm Dr. Michael J. Jones & The Village of Religion Reward Crew
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 competition opens with Jackson Ward’s historic organizations. No floats wanted as we recreate and honor the benevolent, spiritual, monetary, fraternal/sororal and civic organizations that performed an important function within the historical past of the Jackson Ward neighborhood. The quick 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 competition and present your neighborhood help! In case your group want 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 had been the beginning of what would grow to be a world phenomenon — the daybreak of a musical style. He was the primary DJ to bodily lay his fingers 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 as we speak. 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 Modern Portraiture that Grandmaster Flash together with different hip hop artists corresponding to LL Cool J, Erykah Badu and Frequent are featured. And in 2022, Grandmaster Flash and The Livid 5 had 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 the ability of music. He has performed with a few of Jazz Music’s biggest 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 well-liked demand, this Grammy nominated and three-time NAACP Picture Award keyboardist has carried out twice on the competition and is a fan favourite. He can 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 biggest 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 primarily based 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 primarily based in Richmond.

“Drawing inspiration from African textile design, up to date 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 together 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 her artwork. Greatest identified for her naturalistic portraits of ladies in eloquent poses, she typically focuses on the feminine African American expertise.” Mending Partitions RVA

The brand new poster can be unveiled on September 21, watch on Fb Stay! Posters can be accessible on the market on the Enterprise Richmond tent on 2nd Avenue on the competition.

Radio One “2nd Avenue MIX” Weekend

Again once more for an additional 12 months, 2nd Avenue Competition companion Radio One’s “2nd Avenue MIX” weekend will get you prepared for the competition 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 USA of America is critically essential to me,” Mr. Flowers stated. Tour teams meet on the sidewalk on the Maggie Walker Nationwide Historic Website, 2nd & E. Leigh Avenue, and depart at 1:00pm on Saturday and at 1:00pm on Sunday. 60-minute excursions.

Kidz Zone

The Youngsters’s Museum is again to provide the much-loved Kidz Zone! A number of the enjoyable actions deliberate embody 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 can be on web site for some balloon twisting enjoyable too! The Kidz Zone is positioned within the car parking zone between Clay and Leigh Avenue off of 2nd Avenue.

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