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The Petersburg Center for Development, Inc. (PCD) announces the 9th Annual Festival as the Petersburg Music Festival, formerly the Halifax Jazz and Blues. The event will kick-off Friday, July 10-12 2015. On Friday and Saturday July 10 -11th (7PM – 12 PM), and Sunday July 12th (4 PM – 7 PM), the festival will be held on the historic Halifax Triangle at the intersection of South Avenue and Halifax Street in Petersburg, VA. The festival changed its name to incorporate all the genres of music featuring rhythm and blues, jazz inspirations and soulful gospel.
The Halifax Triangle aka the “Avenue” was once a robust and thriving center of Black cultural, social and economic life. “Our aim is to re-create a vibrant public space which showcases amazing local talent and bring forth music and life back to this area annually. The Petersburg Music Festival has some new twist offering a new level of energy and excitement for the community”, explained PCD President Patricia Hines.
This event is always free to the community and will kick off with Jammin’ on the Ave as a part of the Friday for the Arts initiative; featuring a community mural project. Friday performances consist of the amazing talents of Rick Elliott, Sharron, G-Factor, and the Evolution Band & Show. Saturday’s line-up includes local favorites, Touch of Charm, Marlow and son, Soul Mello Band & Show; and the new artist showcase. Festivities conclude on Sunday afternoon with a praise block party, with soulful gospel performers, Bibleway Men’s Choir, Karen Barber, Raymon Bessix and Nu Direction (formerly Make A Change). The complete line-up is available on the PCD website at www.petgctr4dev.com. Over 3000 guests participated at last year’s festival, and PCD is expecting a greater turnout this weekend. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.
PCD is a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization which serves as a catalyst for community development, improved health, and economic growth. PCD believe that people (human capital) is the most important investment. PCD’s mission is to serve as a community partner building collective impact through civic engagement, improved health, cultural activities, education awareness and opportunities leading towards improved community revitalization.