It's impossible to miss thousands of music fans in Shockoe Bottom. It's even more impossible to miss some of the talent showcased at this past weekend's RVA Music Fest. The Fest featured Girl Talk and Best Coast as its headliners but boasted more than 20 local and non-local musical artists and groups including No BS Brass Band, Diamond Center, and White Laces.
Richmond is still recovering from its second annual Fashion Week. Although only in its second year, Fashion Week brought people out by the masses to its events and to after-parties in local Richmond hot spots. Five venues became home to some of the most stylish pieces from local boutiques, designers, and national stores including the Southern Womens Show, CenterStage, Fabrik Carytown, the Hat Factory, and Crittenden Studio. The venues werent the only fresh ideas for fashion week: The shows featured local artist and production talent, including that of M.A.S.S. Fx and DJ Ghozt. Ghozt, who was the featured DJ at the Fabrik Carytown show on April 18th, said Fashion Week allowed me, as a DJ, to step outside the nightclub boundaries. These shows are fun, and they genuinely try to tell a story through the integration of music and fashion.
But what about the fashion? Fashion Week featured looks from Lexs of Carytown, Dillards, Eurotrash, Pink, United Colors of Benetton, First Republic, and Caché. Christina Bowmaster, Store Manager of Caché at Short Pump Town Center, states that Fashion is ever-changing and its rule book has been thrown out the window. Its all about what makes you feel feminine, edgy, whimsical and sexy. Caché provided looks for the shows at CenterStage and Crittenden Studio, showcasing everything from high-priced formal gowns to affordable sportswear.
Richmond Fashion Week, although young, is already a tenured and treasured part of the citys culture, forming a solid foundation on the talent and enthusiasm for fashion, music, and all things Richmond.
For the first time since 1999 a contestant from Virginia was named Miss America. Caressa Cameron, a 22-year-old broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University, was picked as 2010’s Miss America. Cameron competed against fellow women from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Cameron won $50,000 in scholarship money in addition to her new title after impressing the judges by singing “Listen” from “Dreamgirls.” Cameron also used her interview time to urge America’s parents to limit video games and television, instead encouraging them to send children outside for fresh air, imaginative activities, and good old-fashioned exercise.
Cameron is also the first African-American Miss America since Ericka Dunlap in 2005. She hopes to one day become a television news anchor but will focus her current time and energy on raising money for various charitable organizations.
To say that the NO BS! Brass Band has fans would be an understatement. A cult-like following crowded The Camel on Friday night to dance, cheer, and support Richmond’s favorite brass band. NO BS! live up to their name with original material and few covers. The band consists of Reggie Pace, Reggie Chapman, Dillard Watt, Bryan Hooten, Stefan Demetriadis, Marcus Tenney, Bob Miller, Taylor Barnett, Rob Quallich, Lance Koehler, and David Hood. These guys bring a fresh mix of talent and musical inventiveness to Richmond’s music scene. NO BS! Brass Band truly stands in an exclusive niche of creativity and should be experienced by all types of music fans.
Photograph by Sam Allen
The third annual Pink Tie Gala was hosted by River City Charities at the Omni Richmond on Saturday, October 24th. One hundred percent of proceeds for this event benefited the Richmond Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, providing awareness, education, and research for breast cancer in the Richmond area. The event featured food, dancing, a silent auction, dance teams, and a live band.
Popular Richmond faces and businesses at the gala included Bella Rosa, Haley Pontiac-GMC, RichmondMom.com, Downtown Short Pump, Plus 1 Tickets, Styles Group Fitness, Capital Ale House and the Funny Bone. A special guest at the event was Casey Quinlan, the Mighty Mouth of Casey Media, there to promote her new book “Cancer for Christmas.” The Omni was packed with survivors and supporters, all attending to promote breast cancer awareness and to party for the great cause.
There’s no other restaurant like Sticky Rice. With a wide menu offering over 50 types of sushi, there’s also no better place to get your sushi fix in Richmond. Don’t let the name fool you-- Sticky Rice also offers salads, sandwiches, noodles, entrees, and their should-be-famous bucket of tots, as well as a fully stocked bar.
With their half-price sushi on Monday night, karaoke Tuesday, BLINGO (Sticky Rice’s original take on bingo) on Thursday, and DJs and music videos on Friday and Saturday, there’s a ton of fun to be had at Sticky Rice. Although the restaurant is always packed, service is speedy, attentive, and fun. They also have Sticky To Go across the street-- the perfect call-ahead option for a quick sushi need.
Check out Sticky Rice tonight. You won’t be sorry.
2232 W. Main St. Richmond, VA 23220. 11:30am-close
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2227 Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220