The 2019 Richmond Folk Festival was another great success, both onsite and in Richmond city schools! JAMinc again partnered with the Folk Festival to transport eight 2019 performers to 11 Richmond Public schools, including the Virgie Binford Education Center.

The students were treated to Native American dancing, Delta Blues, Afro-Cuban, Balafon Masters and Irish step dance & music. The artists participating in this year’s RFF School Outreach were:

  • Jeghetto
  • Balla Kouyaté
  • Native Pride Dancers
  • Iberi Choir
  • Kevin Doyle & Friends
  • Conjunto Guantánamo
  • Riley Baugus
  • Super Chikan

A word of thanks

JAMinc would like to sincerely thank the following folks for driving artists to their appointed stops: Todd Ranson, Mike Murphy, Bill Rice, George Turman, Alex and Julie Fuentes, Sandy Basham, Diane Mugford, Sarah Barr and Andy Jones.

We’re also grateful to ace soundman David Waltenbaugh for setting up and running JAMinc’s Bose L-1 sound system for Thomas Jefferson HS and Fairfield Court Elementary.

And we couldn’t do it without the loyal support of Nieves Guzman with TNT Auto Rental for providing high capacity vans for the larger groups.

We strongly feel that music holds the key to bringing communities together and exposing young people to it can change lives and possibly trigger a life-long passion to play. JAMinc is proud to have joined with the Richmond Folk Festival since the beginning in this important endeavor.

Conjunto Guantanamo at Southampton Elementary School

photos by Charlie Reilly


Super Chikan at Westover Hills Elementary School

photos by Charlie Reilly & Bill Rice


Native American Dance at Virgie Binford Education Center

photos by Charlie Reilly


Kevin Doyle & Friends at Fox Elementary School

photos by Charlie Reilly


Balla Kouyaté at Fairfield Court Elementary School

photos by Bill Rice