Music on the Main Ready to Bring Downtown Richmond Alive with Soulful Sounds & Eats

Richmond, CA—Downtown Richmond is set to come alive with sounds of R&B, Reggae, and Zydeco thanks to the 16th annual Music on the Main summer concert series  on Wednesdays, July 26 and August 23 from 5pm – 7:30pm.

This event is presented by Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI), a community-based organization revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond. The concert is the organization’s longest running community event and will be held in the parking lot on the corner of Marina Way and Macdonald Avenue—in the heart of Downtown Richmond and conveniently located near the Richmond Transit Station, home to BART, Amtrak, AC Transit, R-Transit, and BikeLink lockers.

The entire community is invited to come Downtown to enjoy music, food, and fun for the entire family.  The series kicks off on July 26 with spirited music performances by local R&B diva Niecey Living Single & the Obamah$ and eclectic gospel stylings by Steven Green & The Lifeline. Featured food vendors will include  Curbside Kitchen (Filipino fusion), CJ’s BBQ & Fish (ribs, links & more), and Civil Pops (organic ice pops).

The celebration continues on August 23 with local son turned world-renowned Zydeco king Andre Thierry and Caribbean Allstars, founding fathers of the Bay Area’s Caribbean roots music scene. Guests are sure the enjoy delicious Southern favorites from Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey & Stuff and Yo Mama’s Old Fashioned Teacakes.

Both concerts will also feature a beverage booth serving up refreshing Main Street Margaritas and hometown brews by East Brother Beer Company, with proceeds of sales benefitting RMSI.

Concert-goers of all ages are sure to enjoy a diverse array of artisan vendors offering unique items, informational booths, interactive activities for kids, free book faire, giveaways, drawings, and Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market.

Admission is free; all ages are welcome.

Music on the Main is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Mechanics Bank, Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Sims Metal Management, Republic Services, and City of Richmond. Additional support comes from volunteers and the Downtown Richmond Property and Business Improvement District (DRPBID).

What: 16th annual Music on the Main Summer Concert Series

When: Wednesday, July 26 & August 23

Time: 5pm – 7:30pm

Where: Marina Way at Macdonald Avenue, Downtown Richmond

Featuring: Niecey Living Single & the Obamah$, Steven Green & The Lifeline; Andre Thierry, Caribbean Allstars


What: 9th annual Spirit & Soul Festival

When: Saturday, September 16  | 1pm – 5pm

Where: Macdonald Avenue from Harbour Way – 13th Street

Featuring: 1st Ave (Prince) Revue band, Yates Brothers & Sisters, Rhonda Benin, and PUSH


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. The DRPBID district encompasses the core of the Historic Downtown area along the Macdonald Avenue corridor bounded approximately by 6th Street, Barrett Avenue, Bissell Avenue, and 16th Street. For more information and to read about the RMSI’s events and programs, please visit and


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