Posts Tagged ‘live music’

Spirit and Soul festival aims to revive downtown

Natasha Vinakor (center) sambas her way down MacDonald Avenue at the Spirit and Soul Festival. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

The seventh annual Spirit and Soul Festival filled downtown with the rhythmic beats of jazz musicians and the enticing smells of fried chicken and barbecue. Put on by the Richmond Main Street Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to reinvigorate the downtown, the festival drew about 800 people this year–and there would have been more, organizers insisted, were it not for the sizzling heat.

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Richmond hears El Grito de Dolores loud and clear

San Leandro-based Aztec dance group Eztli Chicahua performs

The Mexican flag, carried carefully without touching the floor, dwarfed Marco Negrete, a diplomatic attaché from the Mexican Consulate General in San Francisco, as he carried it onto the stage in Richmond’s Restaurante la Revolución. From the stage, Negrete stood before the band’s instruments, and gazed out at hundreds of people who had gathered from…

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