Despite hot weather, thousands flock to Richmond Jazz Festival

Published: Aug. 14, 2016 at 12:30 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2016 at 12:35 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As temperatures rested in the mid-90s Saturday with heat indices well above the century mark, it didn't deter thousands of people from flocking to Maymont for the annual Richmond Jazz Festival.

From Richmond, to Northern Virginia and all points in between, people made their way to the seventh annual event which highlights the best in music and culture across the four-day event.

Lorenzo Downing traveled over 100 miles from Fairfax County to see Al Jarreau and Stephanie Mills perform.

"This is fantastic," Downing said. "It's warm, but it's really good!"

He's staying at a downtown hotel and enjoying Richmond's restaurants, which is beneficial to the local economy. The festival is also enjoyed by people who say it's in their backyard.

"We just live right across the street here, so we get to walk over, and then we can walk home and cool off a bit," remarked Richmonder James Brown.

Brown has also been keeping cool during the 100°+ day by hydrating with a hydration backpack and taking shade underneath a tree.

"I don't want to get too tan today," Brown said laughing.

Many others tried to beat Saturday's heat by listening to the soulful sounds in the shade, using trees and their umbrellas. Others enjoyed refreshingly cool ice cream and water from the multiple vendors at the event.

Saturday's acts ranged from Wyclef Jean to Herbie Handcock.

If you missed Saturday's event, the doors at Maymont open again Sunday at 11 a.m. You can buy tickets on location and performances will begin at noon.

Click here for more information on the Richmond Jazz Festival.

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