Dance, Jazz, Theater and the Prince’s Highlight Festival of the Arts | Richmond FreePress

Two popular local bands will present Richmond’s largest lineup of free summer entertainment, including the annual Fourth of July festival and fireworks.

Legacy Band, an eight-piece group that has been spreading danceable R&B, funk, soul and jazz music since 2015, will open the 65th edition of the Festival of the Arts.

Legacy opens at 8pm on Friday 17th June at the festival’s home base, Dogwood Dell, the amphitheater in Byrd Park and the show will also be streamed live on Facebook.

The 11-piece KOS Band will follow on Saturday at 8 p.m., also performing sounds from Motown, pop and classic rock ‘n’ roll that you can dance to.

The festival continues every weekend through August, ending on Saturday 10 September with Afrofest, a celebration of African culture.

Additionally, the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF), which presents the festival, will further spread it with a show every Thursday at a different park.

Weekend Plans, a funk, hip-hop, jazz and soul group, opens the program Thursday, June 23 at 6pm at Monroe Park. These performances conclude at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 25 in Battery Park with a show by the Richmond Police Department Band.

Highlights at the Dogwood Dell include a City Dance Theater concert on Saturday 25th June at 6pm and a three day presentation of Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot in the Park’ on Thursday 30th June Friday at 8:30pm , July 1st, and Saturday, July 2nd.

The grand Independence Day celebration begins on Monday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the park.

Programs also include a ‘Tribute to Prince’ at 8pm on Friday 8 July; a Latin jazz show, Saturday 9 July at 8pm; and the annual Gospel Fest with The Belle, Sunday 10 July at 5pm.

The Broadway musical The Addams Family is performed on the last two weekends in July. These dates are July 22-24 and July 29-31.

Plunky and his jazz fusion and funk group will perform reggae, hip hop and other genres on the first Friday of August.

Two big shows are scheduled for the last few weekends: The Festival of Virginia Fiddling at 3pm on Saturday 20th August and the Latin Jazz Festival at 3pm on Saturday 27th August.

More details on the shows: (804) 646-3677, www.RVA.gov/parks-recreation and the PRCF Facebook page, which also offers live streaming of some performances and announces cancellations in the event of summer storms.

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