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Free Grandmaster Flash event in Richmond Saturday although 2nd Street Festival gets canceled

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The bad news is the 2nd Street Festival in Richmond’s Jackson’s Ward is canceled. The good news is that Grandmaster Flash will still be performing, and admission is free.

Venture Richmond Events posted an announcement this morning about the cancellation of the festival that was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.

“Like many, the Venture Richmond Events team has watched Ian for days, hoping that it would not be the massive and potentially deadly weather event that it clearly is. While we are extremely lucky to be a few states away from the serious issues Florida is facing, we also know that this weekend promises uncertain amounts of rainfall and potential wind gusts for our area,” Venture Events Richmond stated.

“After consulting meteorologists, vendors, contractors, security, and other event planners, and after considering the Governor’s State of Emergency, we concluded to the best of our ability, that the event, if held, would not be safe. We must put the safety of our patrons, artists, vendors, contractors, and staff foremost,” the announcement added.

But the message wasn’t all doom and gloom. Grandmaster Flash, who was scheduled to be the headliner, will now be headlining an indoor event that will be held at The Hippodrome theater on 2nd Street. There will also be an opening band, which wasn’t announced.

The indoor event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30. Although the event is free to the public, capacity is limited, so it’s advisable to get there early if you plan to attend.

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