Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival streams virtual musical performances

Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival streams virtual musical performances
The 2nd Street Festival, which celebrates Richmond’s Jackson Ward community, will celebrate virtually this year Oct. 3-4. (Source: Venture Richmond/2nd Street Festival)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The 2nd Street Festival, which celebrates Richmond’s Jackson Ward community, is celebrating virtually this year.

The festival, presented by Venture Richmond Events, will feature musical performances, favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, virtual tours, neighborhood testimonials, fun family activities and much more.

“The community understood the difficult decision we made to cancel this year’s festival. In creating a virtual event we wanted to not only carry on the 32-year tradition but also provide our community with the opportunity to take a moment to celebrate music and the heart of the Jackson Ward neighborhood,” Sharon Bassard, Booking Manager for Venture Richmond, said.

Featured artists include Legacy Band, Desirée Roots, EU (experience unlimited) and multiple local musicians coming together to reflect on Herbert A. Dabney, III, for the “Remembrance of Debo Dabney.”

Virginia Union University’s gospel choir, who recently performed on ABC’s Good Morning America with Jose Feliciano, will perform a couple of songs as well.

Families can also enjoy NBC12′s Candice Smith reading a children’s book, a balloon twisting demonstration with festival favorite Eddie Cook with Balloons By Extreme and a special activity by the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

“Gary Flowers of the Historic Jackson Ward Society will highlight community sites in the neighborhood for all to enjoy, and viewers will hear testimonials from longtime residents and business owners of the Jackson Ward neighborhood during the live stream event,” a release said.

The community sites will include the Maggie L. Walker statue and Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church.

From Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, participants can use the hashtag #2Street by posting photos on either Facebook or Instagram of you attending the event. Ten winners will be chosen on Oct. 5 and will qualify for $50-$100 gift cards to spots in the Jackson Ward area.

You can watch this year’s virtual festival on Venture Richmond’s website or on the 2nd Street Festival’s Facebook page. Times to watch include Saturday, Oct. 3, 6-7:15 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4, 5-6:15 p.m.

For more details on events, click here.

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