Two popular local groups will kick off Richmond’s biggest lineup of free summer entertainment, including the annual 4th of July festival and fireworks.
Legacy Band, an eight-member band that has been pumping out danceable R&B, funk, soul and jazz music since 2015, will open the 65th edition of the Arts Festival.
Legacy will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at the festival’s home base, Dogwood Dell, the Byrd Park Amphitheater, and the show will also be streamed live on Facebook.
They’ll be followed Saturday at 8 p.m. by the 11-member KOS Band, which also plays danceable sounds of Motown, pop and classic rock ‘n roll.
The festival will continue every weekend until August and will end on Saturday September 10 with Afrofest, a celebration of African culture.
Additionally, the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF), which presents the festival, will broadcast it more widely, with a show every Thursday at a different park.
Funk, hip-hop, jazz and soul band Weekend Plans will open the lineup at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Monroe Park. These performances will conclude at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 25 in Battery Park with a show featuring the Richmond Police Department Band.
At Dogwood Dell, highlights will include a City Dance Theater recital at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and a three-night presentation of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, Friday, June 1 July. , and Saturday, July 2.
The big Independence Day will begin at 6 p.m. at the park on Monday, July 4.
Programs will also include a “Tribute to Prince” at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 8; a Latin jazz show at 8 p.m. on Saturday July 9 and the annual Gospel Fest with The Belle at 5 p.m. on Sunday July 10.
The last two weekends of July will include performances of the Broadway musical “The Addams Family”. These dates are July 22-24 and July 29-31.
Plunky and his jazz fusion and funk band will be featured on the first Friday in August, featuring reggae, hip-hop and other genres.
Two big shows are scheduled for the final weekends: the Festival of Virginia Fiddling at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and the Latin Jazz Festival at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
More show details: (804) 646-3677, www.RVA.gov/parks-recreation and on the PRCF Facebook page, which will also offer live streaming of some of the performances and announce cancellations, if any due to summer storms.