Mega Jazz Festival To Bring Some Of The Biggest Names In Jazz To Richmond, Va
and corporate leaders announced the inaugural Richmond Jazz Festival at
Maymont, featuring some of the biggest names in local, national and
international jazz. The festival will be held August 14-15 at the
100-acre Maymont park and museum in Richmond, Virginia.
two-day, multi-stage event, with Altria Group serving as the presenting
sponsor, will feature more than 20 artists representing mostly jazz, as
well as other diverse music genres. A portion of the proceeds from this
event will benefit the Maymont Foundation, the Richmond Jazz Society and
Educational Learning Opportunities. Artists scheduled to perform
include Chaka Khan, Boney James, Poncho Sanchez, Norman Brown, Stanley
Clarke, Ledisi (pictured above), Chuck Mangione, Rick Braun and Richard Elliott, Big
Sam’s Funky Nation, Alex Bugnon, and many more. Local performers include
Sharon Rae North and Plunky and Oneness.
The festival offers an
experience unlike any other in the Richmond region, according to
Jennifer Hunter, Altria Client Services’ Vice President of Corporate
Affairs. Along with high-caliber music, concert-goers will enjoy wine
tastings from Altria Group’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, watch chef
demonstrations, take self-guided tours of the Maymont grounds and meet
the Festival’s musicians, she said.
“Altria Group has been a
strong supporter of the arts for more than 50 years, ” Hunter said. “We
believe that cultural events such as the Richmond Jazz Festival at
Maymont help make our headquarters community vibrant and engaging for
our employees, their families and neighbors. We are pleased to be a part
of this exciting, new event for the region.”
The festival will
be held from noon to 10 p.m. on August 14 and from noon to 9 p.m. on
August 15. Advance tickets are $25 for one day or $40 for a two-day
pass. Also, tickets purchased onsite at the gate will be $30 for one
day, or $50 for a two-day pass. Maymont will be open only to festival
ticket holders during the two-day event.
In addition to being
presented by Altria Group, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont has
Verizon and Dominion as stage sponsors, and also Richmond BMW, the
Virginia Lottery, NBC12, the Richmond Times Dispatch and WCVE Public
Radio as sponsors. For more information, visit www.jazzatmaymont.com.