Richmond downtown festival set for weekend


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Free Event Features Live Music, Outdoor Marketplace, Local Food and more in Celebration and Support of Historic Downtown Richmond

(RICHMOND, CA, August 19, 2013)—The Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) has announced the return of one of Richmond’s most beloved annual events, its Spirit & Soul Festival and fundraiser on Saturday, September 21st from 1 pm to 5 pm. The outdoor festival is held on Macdonald Avenue between 13th Street and Harbour Way, Richmond, 94801. Admission to Spirit & Soul is free, with artisan crafts, food, wine and beverages for sale. Proceeds from wine, beverage and raffle sales will benefit Richmond Main Street’s mission to support the revitalization of historic downtown Richmond.

Musical headliners for the fifth annual Spirit & Soul festival are internationally-acclaimed Zydeco performer and Richmond-native Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, pop and R&B sensation Dahrio Wonder, and hit-making R&B pop band Club Nouveau, founded by producer-performer Jay King. Club Nouveau will perform songs from its upcoming greatest hits project, which highlights a lauded musical career launched in the the mid-eighties, including chart-toppers “Jealousy” and Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” as well as soon-to-be released new material. 

In addition to great music, Spirit & Soul’s outdoor marketplace will feature handmade jewelry, home goods, accessories, clothing, and more crafted by local artisans and entrepreneurs. Local food vendors will dish up healthy and delicious cuisine and a wine and beverage pavilion will offer refreshments for purchase. Attendees can also enter a raffle of exciting prizes that highlight Richmond’s diverse products and services, donated by local businesses. 

For the second year in a row, the festival’s format will be a street fair in the heart of historic downtown Richmond on Macdonald Avenue. This move provides increased public access to the event and highlights Macdonald Avenue’s beautifully updated streetscape. New street banners by local artist Richard Muro Salazar will also be on display on Macdonald from Harbour Way to Marina Way.

“Spirit & Soul is an amazing celebration of our community and the strides we’re making in the revitalization of downtown historic Richmond,” said Amanda Elliott, Executive Director of the RMSI. “It’s also an important fundraiser for our programs and initiatives. We invite everyone to join us for a fantastic day of music and fun that directly supports our mission to cultivate a culturally and economically vibrant district.”

The Spirit & Soul Festival is sponsored by ChevronMechanics BankCity of RichmondState FarmLocal Initiatives Support CorporationRichmond Convention & Visitors BureauKaiser Permanente, and Community Housing Development Center.

Other ongoing events include the Richmond Main Street Farmers’ Market, sponsored by RMSI and produced by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association at Nevin Plaza in Downtown Richmond every Wednesday until October 30th (10 am to 2 pm), and free weekly Zumba and belly-dancing fitness classes (schedule available at: www.richmondmainstreet.org/news-events/fitness-classes).

The RMSI will be a participating beneficiary of the first annual We Give – 2013! online giving event, beginning at 6 am on Wednesday, September 18th and running for a 36 hour fundraising period. We Give – 2013! provides an opportunity for people who care about Richmond and West Contra Costa County to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. It coincides with the “Week of Caring”partnership between United Way of the Bay Area and Volunteer Centers of the East Bay. All gifts are tax deductible and will be processed throughwww.WeGive2Richmond.org, an online resource and community wide giving program administered by the Richmond Community Foundation. Please visit the RMSI’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/richmondmainstreet for updates on We Give – 2013!

About the Richmond Main Street Initiative:

Richmond Main Street Initiative is a community based non-profit dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond. RMSI partners with the City of Richmond, merchants, and residents to develop and improve downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village that offers products, services, arts and entertainment that reflect the community’s rich and diverse heritage. 

In July 2012, local property owners and the Richmond City Council approved the Downtown Richmond Property-based Business Improvement District (DRPBID). This is the first district of its kind in Contra Costa County and is managed by the RMSI. The DRPBID focuses on creating and promoting a safe, clean and vibrant downtown, fostering economic development, supporting local business with training programs, and attracting new businesses to meet the community’s needs. It is funded through a self-imposed and self-governed property tax assessment that underwrites new economic and marketing initiatives for the district. Other successful Bay Area examples include Oakland’s Temescal and Fruitvale Districts and Downtown Berkeley.

The DRPBID district encompasses the core of the Historic Downtown area along the Macdonald Avenue corridor bounded approximately by 6th Street, Barrett Avenue, Harbour Way, and 19th Street. For more information and to read about the RMSI’s business assistance programs, please visit www.richmondmainstreet.org andwww.facebook.com/richmondmainstreet.

Robert Rogers