The Richmond Jazz Festival is celebrating 10 years in Richmond and a new name: the Richmond Jazz and Music Festival.

“We’re a lot more than jazz,” said Frances Burruss, a spokeswoman for the event.

The Richmond Jazz Festival has grown over the years to feature blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk and more.

Big-name performers at this year’s Richmond festival include Jill Scott, Maze, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Cameo.

“Beyoncé’s ‘Before I Let Go’ sampled from Maze and Cameo,” Ken Johnson, owner of Johnson Inc., which puts on the festival, said during Tuesday’s lineup announcement. “And we have both performers at the festival this year.”

Johnson also mentioned Big Boi, a rapper and former member of OutKast who performed at this year’s Super Bowl, as a highlight.

“We wanted something different at this year’s festival,” Johnson said when announcing Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The rap group worked with 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G. and Eazy-E in the past and are known for their hits “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “Tha Crossroads.”

Johnson said the festival also booked up-and-coming artists who have appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, such as Anderson East and Ro James.

Other performers at this year’s festival include Stanley Clarke, Shaggy, Gregory Porter, Peter White and Ledisi.

This year’s artists draw on a variety of music styles, including jazz, blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk, fusion and reggae.

Last year, the festival drew roughly 14,000 visitors.

The Richmond Jazz and Music Festival runs Aug. 8-11, with the main festival held on Saturday and Sunday at Maymont, at 1700 Hampton St.

Kickoff events will be held on Aug. 8 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.; Hardywood Park Craft Brewery at 2408 Ownby Lane; and the Hippodrome Theatre at 528 N. 2nd St.

On Aug. 9, a new addition to the festival will be “An Evening with Gregory Porter” at Dominion Energy Center’s Carpenter Theatre, at 600 E. Grace St.

Festival tickets for Saturday and Sunday are currently $72 per day. Beginning June 15, the tickets will cost $85 per day. Weekend passes are $140.

Tickets are on sale now at or call (804) 625-3454 for more information.


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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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