RVA East End Festival announces roster of artists

Organizers have announced the lineup for the annual community-wide celebration of music and arts, The RVA East End Festival, to be held Saturday, September 24 from noon to 9 p.m. at Henry Marsh Elementary School, 813 N. 28th Street in Richmond.

The festival is free with entertainment from young local musicians, visual artists from Richmond Public Schools and local professionals. Festival-goers will also be able to take advantage of 10 food trucks and around twenty merchants on site.

“Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual and performing arts programs in five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school in communities across the East End of the Richmond Public Schools system,” James said. “Saxsmo” Gates, festival co-chair, in the statement.

This year’s program includes:

Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Bands

Combined bands of Woodville, Fairfield, Redd and Overby-Sheppard

Musicians of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Chubby and Sugarfoot

Doors by James “Saxsmo”

Dap Mallory Group

Johnny Lee Long Band

Tre Charles

Richmond Urban Dance

Artistry in Motion / Performing Arts Center

Decori and NXD


Ban Caribbean

Legacy band

“We invite the entire Richmond area to join us on September 24 for an exciting and inspiring event to support our amazing students in the East End,” Reverend Marilyn Heckstall, festival co-chair, said in a press release. . “The festival kicks off at noon with a rousing intro by the RPS All City Marching Band, followed by a spectacular lineup of some of the best national and local artists in Richmond’s music scene.”

Donations to support the festival can be done online here. And to find out more about the RVA East End Festival, contact [email protected]

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