12th Annual North Richmond Music Festival set for Shields-Reid Park

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By Kathy Chouteau

The North & Greater Richmond Blues Foundation is hosting the “12th Annual North Richmond Music Festival” Sat., July 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at Shields-Reid Park in Richmond.

Festivalgoers can enjoy live music featuring “The Best of the Bay 2023 Festival Band,” free hot dogs between noon and 3 p.m. or until they run out, fun & games, jumpers for the kids, art and vendors/community tabling, per the Blues Foundation.

Blues Foundation Executive Director DeJeana Burkes told the Richmond Standard that the festival had to take a pandemic pause but that it returned last year and “people didn’t give up, they came back.” She hopes even more people come out to attend the festival this year.

Burkes said the musical entertainment will span various genres including blues, R&B and more. It will include artists such as Silk-E, Lady “E,” Alvon Johnson, Rhonda Benin and Reggie Rolls.

The festival will also take time for a gospel tribute honoring Kirtiss Phaye Magee-White (1945-2023), who passed away in April of this year and was involved with Umoja.

No seating is available, so community members should bring their own lawn chairs to take in the music.

“I’d like to welcome everyone to the 12th Annual North Richmond Music Festival,” said Burkes, adding, “We’ve been around a long time and we will continue to be around a long time. We appreciate your love and support and hope you come out to enjoy the day.”

Shields-Reid Park is located at 1410 Kelsey St. in Richmond. Learn more about the North & Greater Richmond Blues Foundation here.