8th Annual Spirit & Soul Festival set for downtown Richmond on Sept. 17


Having a good time while patronizing downtown Richmond businesses always helps inject vibrancy into the corridor, but your presence on Saturday, Sept. 17 will be especially productive.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the 8th Annual Spirit & Soul Festival will bring live music, food and a shopping bazaar to Macdonald Avenue from Harbour Way to 13th Street.

The event is a celebration of the city’s downtown corridor and its ongoing revitalization. While admission is free, proceeds from vendor booths, beverage sales and drawings will add to the Richmond Main Street Street Initiative‘s (RMSI) continuing efforts to return the area near the Richmond BART Station into a vibrant community center.

While browsing the locally-made jewelry, home goods, accessories, clothing, and more at the outdoor marketplace, attendees will enjoy musical performances by funk band BeaufunK with Michael Jeffries, rock and roll group PUSH featuring Dan Ashley, and blues and R&B diva Tia Carroll.

RMSI is also highlighting up-and-coming Funk and Soul band Soul Progressions, featuring talented performers from the East Bay Center for Performing Arts.

A first this year, the festival will feature a Youth Zone with a community stage and interactive activities geared toward local kids, RMSI said.

“Spirit & Soul is an amazing celebration of our community and highlights the strides we are making in the revitalization of historic Downtown Richmond,” said Amanda Elliott, Executive Director of RMSI. “It’s also an important fundraiser for our programs and initiatives. We invite everyone to join us for a fantastic day of music and fun that directly supports our mission to cultivate a culturally and economically vibrant district.”

The festival is sponsored by Chevron, City of Richmond, Mechanics Bank, Sims Metal Management, AC Transit, The California Endowment, Republic Services, Richmond Community Foundation, SparkPoint Contra Costa, and DP Security.

Photo: RMSI Staff