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Richmond, VA is home to some of the finest jazz musicians in the nation. For years our jazz community has been growing and developing while keeping the beautiful sounds of traditional jazz alive and well. Ayinde Williams is a piano virtuoso from Richmond, VA, and is keeping our region’s jazz legacy alive and well by playing with many of Richmond’s finest talents. On June 9th join Ayinde Williams as he performs two sets of jazz music with his band. ART 180, another lovely Jackson Ward arts organization, will be providing a local artist to do live painting to the jazz music. Local music organizations WRIR and Classical Revolution RVA will be on hand to connect with the community on their musical offerings for the Richmond region.

Incanto is a journey through a sculptural, epic poem embraced by nature. The five monumental sculptures will explore profound concepts of identity and the higher self, the energy of ancestry, the transformational present moment, the perspective of the past, and finally, the balance between technology and the source code of our Earth. Visitors will be encouraged to journal and explore sculptures that call to them and resonate with the spoken poetry on an audio narration. Some works will form gathering spaces; some will be symbolic portals to journey through, and others will invite stillness and meditation. On this night, through Jazz, Art and History, we will honor our Ancestors and reconnect with them as we explore our origins and roots.

See schedule of events and menu below.



Sculpture: Ancestors Sculptor: Kate Raudenbush Exhibition: Incanto Photographer: Tom Hennessy Location: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

“Ancestors” Photo by Tom Hennessy

Dramatically lit from within, the Incanto sculptures offer multi-sensory experiences inviting further exploration at night.

On the second Friday evening of each month May, June, JulyAugust, and September, the Garden collaborates with Gallery5 and other community partners on programming related to the Incanto exhibit.

Friday, June 9, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Details

Illustration of “Ancestors” by Katie McBride.

June 9, 2023; 6 – 9 p.m.
Included with Garden admission

6 – 9 p.m. – ART 180 live painting and community connection table
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. – Jazz set 1
7:45 – 8:45 p.m. – Jazz set 2


PLEASE NOTE: Outside food and drink are not allowed to be brought into the Garden.

The Garden Cafe with “Grab and Go” items.

Pop-Up Food & Drink in the Garden: 

Mediterranean Bowl: $12
Tabouli Salad| Pickled Red Onion| Roasted Eggplant| Tzatziki| Feta Cheese| Naan
Your choice of chicken or jackfruit
*ask to make it vegan

Libations (Last call at 8:45 p.m.)
Sweet Tea Vodka & Lavender Lemonade: $10
Wine By the Glass: $8
Noble Vine Cabernet Sauvignon | Noble Vines Pinot Grigio
Craft Beer: $6
Stone IPA| RVA Lager| Bold Rock Cider| Port City Optimal Wit|Star Hill Raspberry Sour