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5th Annual Spirit & Soul Festival and Fundraiser in Richmond, California- Sept 21st 2013

Amanda Elliott, Executive Director of the Richmond Main Street Initiative, tells us about an lively and free event in historic downtown Richmond, California on Sept. 21st, 2013 and reflects on last year’s successes…

Poster spirit and Soul

Last year, Spirit & Soul was an absolute blast!  It was so great to see folks from the community dancing and having a great time.  The music was excellent and very diverse with blues, honky tonk jazz and Zydeco with a touch of “hip hop” at the end.   Our headliner Andre Thierry is always a crowd pleaser and did not disappoint.  People in Richmond really like to dance so his music is very fitting and makes everyone get out on floor. Tia Carroll was also excellent.  She’s a great blues singer.  She’s a local performer but like Andre, she performs all over nationally and internationally.

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Local favorite, Andre Thierry flashes a big smile during his inspired performance at the 2012 Spirit and Soul festival. People love dancing to his Zydeco music.

Andre will again be performing at the festival  this year along with well-known Bay Area pop/soul favorites Club Nouveau.  They have a great following with hits from the 90’s.  We expect a great crowd.  The food will be scrumptious!  There will be barbecue, Cajun/Creole, Soul food and Thai food.  The wine garden will feature a variety of wines and margaritas for sale. We also have great artisan vendors.  Proceeds will benefit Richmond Main Street programs and events.  We expect a big crowd.  Last year, there were about 1000 people who joined us throughout the day.  We expect twice the audience and twice the fun!

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A crowd of nearly 1000 people attended throughout the day.  Great retail vendors and food. The weather was perfect!

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Mrs. Mary (Peace) Head dances with friends to the soulful sounds of Tia Carroll and her blues band. She’s a regular at all our events.

 Spirit & Soul 2012

Richmond Main Street ‘Downtown Champion’ honoree Jerrold Hatchett shows off his award.  He has been involved with downtown revitalization for nearly a decade.  He’s a great community servant and public affairs representative for Sims Metal Management. We thank them for their continued support.

 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. The DRPBID district encompasses the core of the Historic Downtown area along the Macdonald Avenue corridor bounded approximately by 6th Street, Barrett Avenue, Harbor Way, and 19th Street. For more information and to read about the RMSI’s business assistance programs, please visit and
We are so happy to be able to support our local community right here in Richmond and are honored to be a part of this event. Hope to see you all there!

Travel Time-
2 hours from Sacramento
Under 1 hour San Francisco
About 6 hours from Los Angeles

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