Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight (Derek Blanks via

Gladys Knight, the O’Jays, Brian McKnight and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly are among the lineup of big names set to play next month’s Richmond Jazz Festival.

The event, now in its ninth year, will be held Aug. 9-12 at the 100-acre Maymont Park in the city’s west end.

Other performers for the three-day festival: Joss Stone, Warren G, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony, Nicholas Payton, Deva Mahal, Eric B. and Rakim, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Euge Groove, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Nelson Rangell and Steve Oliver, Butcher Brown, Jazzmeia Horn, Red Baraat, Christian Sands and Butterscotch.

The event will feature complimentary wine tastings, artist meet-and-greets, chef exhibitions and dozens of food and merchandise vendors.

The festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Jazz Café at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where admission is free.

On Friday, the “Homegrown at the Hipp” show will take place at the Hippodrome Theater in downtown Richmond, and tickets will cost $30. The performances at Maymont take place Saturday and Sunday, with single-day passes costing $78.50 and weekend passes on sale for $147 through Aug. 1.

While tickets can also be purchased at the gates, they will be subject to a rate increase.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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