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The 2nd Street Festival will be back this fall, live and in person, Saturday through Sunday October 2-3. Marking its 33rd year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of historic Jackson Ward in downtown Richmond. This FREE event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.
Over the years, it has grown into one of the biggest street festivals in the Mid-Atlantic. In 2019, thousands of people visited the Jackson Ward Historic District to remember when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South” . Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community. The 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration and two-day homecoming that features three stages of live musical entertainment with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a market and Artists Row for shopping, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.
This year, the festival presents the headliner Plunky & Oneness on Saturday October 2. Many other great artists will be featured during the two-day event.
Headliner for Saturday, Plunky & Oneness
J. Plunky Branch
For more than 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the forefront of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music and go-go, weaving together these interrelated musical forms in a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity and cultural awareness. A native of Richmond, he has been mentored by local R&B musicians and music teachers including jazz violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr.
With his band Plunky & Oneness, he has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in black music including Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown and many others. . His song “Every Way But Loose” was in the top ten of the soul charts in London in the 1980s and his single “Drop” was released in 2007. He also wrote “2nd Street Jaunt”, a song that Venture Richmond used in television commercials promoting the 2019 festival.
In addition to being a seasoned saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch has served as administrator, speaker and teacher. Plunky is a two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowships and in 2017 was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Promotion of the Arts in Virginia. Throughout his career, Plunky has entertained and taught thousands of people, and in the process, developed a large and loyal following.
More information on the 2nd Street Festival and other performers will follow later this summer as we continue to follow CDC and state guidelines for the Covid-19 protocol for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and compliance with local, state and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial.
For up to date information on the 2nd Street Festival, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2021/
The 2nd Street Festival is presented by Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp. and the city of Richmond
The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored by Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar
Group, Community Foundation, Radio One Richmond, NBC12 and CW Richmond