Downtown Richmond’s Spirit & Soul Festival on tap for Saturday


Downtown Richmond is the place to be Saturday afternoon.

The 8th Annual Spirit & Soul Festival and Fundraiser is set to bring live music, food and a shopping bazaar to Macdonald Avenue from Harbour Way to 13th Street.

The event, which is free and runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., celebrates an ongoing revitalization of the city’s downtown corridor. Proceeds from vendor booths, beverage sales and drawings will add to the Richmond Main Street Street Initiative‘s (RMSI) efforts to return the area near the Richmond BART Station into a vibrant community center.

Funk band BeaufunK with Michael Jeffries, rock and roll group PUSH featuring Dan Ashley, and blues and R&B diva Tia Carroll are among the live performances.

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.

Also, individuals who have championed efforts to improve downtown will be honored, including Larry Lewis, Michael Davenport, Ernestine Martin, Michelle Denise Milam and Mandy Swirsding.

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 credit: Richmond Main Street Initiative