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The 2nd Street Festival is back for the 24th season. The festival takes place the first full weekend in October 6-7. Nearly 40,000 people visit historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s Afro-American community, and was known as the “Harlem of the South.”

Attendees will enjoy entertainment on four stages, featuring R&B, Jazz, fashion shows, gospel music, and a special children’s area (produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond).

Radio One Richmond and the Rolling For Freedom Project will assist with voter registration, absentee ballot and restoration of rights applications at the festival.

The 2nd Street Festival will feature an extensive merchandise marketplace: Artists’ Row and Arts in the Alley. For a complete line-up of entertainment and events, please visit


This year’s headliner at the 2nd Street Festival is the funk and r&b band with the most interesting album covers. The Ohio Players will play the festival on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The Ohio Players were most popular in the 1970’s. The band was formed in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchables and later change their name to the Ohio Players. The band is known or hits as “Fire”, “Sweet Sticky Thing”,”Who’d She Coo”, “Funky Worm”, “Skintight”, “Love Rollercoaster” and “I Want to Be Free.”