The Richmond Jazz Festival recently announced its musical lineup for 2017 and it is stacked with amazing musicians and bands for its eighth season.
R&B/soul queen herself Erykah Badu will headline, along with Common (with the Richmond Symphony), The Isley Brothers, Jazmine Sullivan, The Manhattan Transfer and Bob James who round out the other big name acts. The rest of the lineup includes Pat Metheny,Peabo Bryson, Harvey Mason, TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band, BJ The Chicago Kid, Melanie Fiona, David Benoit, Joey DeFrancesco + The People, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz with Larry Graham, Robert Cray, Norman Brown, Elle Varner, Butterscotch, Joey Alexander, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars and Maysa.
The Richmond Jazz Festival will take place Aug. 10–13, with performances at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Hippodrome Theater and Hardywood Park Brewery. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival with culminate at Maymont.
This year, the festival will introduce CaRue, a prelude to the festival that features free, live performances by local and regional artists around Carytown, such as the Byrd Theatre.
In addition to live jazz, the festival will feature free wine tastings by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, chef demonstrations, artist meet-and-greets and over 30 regional food and merchandise vendors.
Admission is free for the performances at Hardywood and the Jazz Café at VMFA on Thursday, August 10 and $30, not including fees, for “Homegrown at the Hipp” at the Hippodrome Theater on Friday, August 11.
Early bird single-day passes for the festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 are $75, not including fees and early bird weekend passes are $140, not including fees. Early bird passes will be available May 25 through July 6.