Final acts resonate during Richmond Jazz Fest

Published: Aug. 11, 2014 at 4:39 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2014 at 4:38 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's been four days of one of the biggest jazz music festivals in the world. The final acts of the Richmond Jazz Festival rocked the stage at Maymont, Sunday. Fans from around the country made their way to RVA for the lineup of more than 30 performers, which began Thursday.  

"We have good friends, good food, and good times," said Felicia Young, dancing to the music of one of her favorite groups, Cameo.

The fifth annual Richmond Jazz Fest is only getting smoother, with more stages, stands and free ways for fans to recharge their cell phones with a mobile charging station. Big-name artist Babyface surfaced as the highlight of this year's four-day concert, Saturday night.

"It's the best on the east coast," said Ken Lyda, who attends every year.

Detroit's renown Earl Klugh signed autographs and took pictures with a line of longtime fans, like Glenda Watson. Watson drove from South Carolina for her first Richmond Jazz Fest.

"When I got out of college, I went into Peace Corps… Earl Klugh was almost the soundtrack to my Peace Corps experience," reminisced Watson.
Top performers like Klugh say they felt RVA's love.

"It's obvious (Richmond has) a big jazz fan base here. It's wonderful," said Klugh.

A third stage added to the concert this year focused on more traditional jazz, like singer Diane Reeves.

"Every stage has a little something different. So it's a nice mix for everybody," added Lyda.

"It was fabulous. I was very surprised at the quality of the acts and the quality of the shows," continued Watson.

A slew of local artists performed as well, resonating their vibe with thousands of crowd goers.

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