Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Announces Music Line-Up

The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce the music line-up for the 15th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights (BLBN) event scheduled for August 10, 2019. This family fun event, presented by Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, C Spire, The Manship and Southern Beverage Company, features Gin Blossoms as the festival headliner.
The chart-topping band Gin Blossoms produced the breakout record New Miserable Experience, which kept the band on the chart for almost 3 years. Singles included “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” The band’s fusion of Pop, Melodic Rock, Folk and Country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, the band has sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in demand 90’s live artists who began at the end of the grunge era. In 2017 the band went back in the studio recording a new album. Fans will get a taste of the new album as it works its way into their live set.

Set in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, the street festival is an end-of-the-summer tradition that celebrates all things that make Greater Belhaven a great place to work, live and play, including art, music, children’s activities and food. Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has repeatedly been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society. The historic Belhaven neighborhood also was designated as one of American Planning Association’s “Great Neighborhoods in America 2014.”

2019 Music Line-Up

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE

5:30 p.m. Cary Hudson
6:30 p.m. Young Valley
7:45 p.m. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

CARLISLE STAGE

5:45 p.m. Southern Komfort Brass Band
7:05 p.m. Christone Kingfish Ingram
8:45 p.m. Gin Blossoms

ACOUSTIC STAGE

5:15 p.m. Fondren Guitar Student Rock Band
6:00 p.m. TB Ledford
7:00 p.m. Taylor Hildebrand

SECOND LINE BAND

7:00 p.m. Southern Komfort Brass Band

This year’s event will feature:

Three stages filled with live music including Blues, Jazz, Indie Rock and Acoustical;
A children’s area including space jumps, arts & crafts activities, and games;
Food for sale from the popular area restaurants;
Items available for purchase by the merchants and artisans of the Greater Belhaven neighborhood;
Beverages, including water, soft drinks and beer for sale.

BLBN is scheduled for August 10, 2019, from 5:00 – 10:00 PM. Advance tickets are $15 per person and are available online at www.greaterbelhaven.com or $20 at the gate (cash only). VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include access to the VIP lounge. Children ages 12 and under are free and must be with a supervising adult at all times. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Free parking will be available at New Stage Theatre, along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets.

To learn more about Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Announces Event Details for Upcoming Music Festival

The Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce that 15th annual street festival, Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, (BLBN) is scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2019, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., in the historic Belhaven neighborhood. This family fun event presented by Baptist Health Systems, C Spire, The Manship, and Southern Beverage Company will feature live music on three stages, as well as local, handmade craft vendors and the most delicious food and beverages from Mississippi’s restaurants and breweries.

The 2019 event will feature Gin Blossoms as the festival headliner. Southern Komfort Brass Band will lead a Second Line during the event. A full band line-up will be announced soon. Children of all ages will enjoy the special and ever-popular children’s activities area that is open until 8:00 p.m. This year’s event will also feature a dedicated beverage area as well as the expanded food truck area introduced with last year’s festival.

Set in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, the street festival is an end-of-the-summer tradition that celebrates all things that make Greater Belhaven a great place to work, live and play, including art, music, children’s activities and food. Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has repeatedly been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society. The historic Belhaven neighborhood also was designated as one of American Planning Association’s “Great Neighborhoods in America 2014.”

VIP Passes are $100 per person and Advance tickets are $15 per person both are available online here or $20 at the gate (cash only). Children ages 12 and under are free and must be with a supervising adult at all times. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

The festival will extend along Carlisle Street from McDade’s parking lot toward New Stage Theatre, and also turn onto Kenwood Place and extend into Belhaven Park. Free parking will be available along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets. The entry gates will be located on Carlisle and Poplar Streets.

To learn more about Bright Lights Belhaven Nights including the band line-up, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.

Thank you to Everyone who Came out for Shakespeare in the Park

Saturday was a beautiful day in the park! Thank you to New Stage Theatre’s Youth Acting Troupe for their wonderful performance of “The Tempest”.  The first performance conjured its own tempest but the show went on, as it must for a wonderful 6:00pm performance as well.

Don’t Forget Art for the Park is Tonight

What happens at ART FOR THE PARK?

Your ticket allows you to enjoy a festive evening at the beautiful Fairview Inn complete with live music, hors d’oeuvres and treats catered by local restaurants, a selection of wine and beer, and a lively silent auction.

The auction features original artwork, restaurant gift certificates and lots of other unique items up for bid! Featured artwork this year is donated by long-time Belhaven resident, Casey Creasey.

What is the purpose of ART FOR THE PARK?

Art for the Park is a biennial art auction put on by the Friends of Laurel Street Park Committee and the Belhaven Garden Club which raises money for the maintenance and improvement of one of Jackson’s most beloved parks, Laurel Street Park, in the historic Belhaven neighborhood.

This park is consistently used by residents in and around the Jackson area for outdoor play, birthday parties, soccer lessons, neighborhood meetings, and outdoor games, and is used by dog lovers, families and students alike.

The Friends of Laurel Street Park is a Committee of the Greater Belhaven Foundation which works to improve and maintain Laurel Street Park with the cooperation and assistance of the City of Jackson parks department. Find out more about the Committee and the GBF here.

Where will the funds raised from ART FOR THE PARK be used?

The money raised at Art for the Park in 2017 was used to host several large work days at the park where equipment was repainted, swings were replaced, benches were replaced and several new benches were added.  The funds also recently were used to purchase security cameras for the park as well as an emergency call button! The Friends of Laurel Street Park have been hard at work on a master plan which includes a walking trail and new play areas for children.  None of this would be possible without the funds raised Biennially at this event.

Tickets are $40 each in advance and $45 doors each at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-for-the-park-tickets-59531419077

For more information please call 601-352-8850 or email ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com

 

Celebrate Greater Belhaven at our Annual Party!

Come join the Greater Belhaven Foundation on Tuesday, November 6 from 6:00-8:00pm at The Rickhouse. The Foundation will have renderings of upcoming projects available for viewing and will be updating the neighborhood on where we are going in 2019! Come help celebrate our donors and all the things that they are making possible!!

Thanks for attending “Puppets in the Park!”

Thank you to everyone who came out to Puppets in the Park Saturday, October 13. Several families picnicked and enjoyed “The Princess and the Pea” performed by The Mississippi Puppet Theatre. Thank you to the Mississippi Arts Commission for your generous grant which made this event possible.

Thank you to each and every one of our Being Belhaven Arts Series sponsors: The Manship; Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson PLLC; Keifer’s; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, PLLC; Morgan & Morgan; Galexie Glister

 

Thanks for attending Pumpkins in the Park!

Thank you to everyone who filled Belhaven Park Saturday evening to celebrate the first event of the Fall!! Over 150 pumpkins were given out but far more were in attendance.  Thank you to our amazing event sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant for making this possible year after year.
 

Thank you for another great BLBN!

Saturday night in Greater Belhaven was rockin with the 14th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Festival! Over 5000 people flooded the streets to hear the music of The Weeks, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Christone Kingfish Ingram and so many more! With wonderful food, inspiring art and our amazing music BLBN 2018 was certainly a success.

Thank you to everyone for coming, thank you to our sponsors for you amazing support and mostly, thank you to the residents of Carlisle, Kenwood, Manship and Poplar for allowing us the space for this great festival.

Hope to see you August 10, 2019!

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Its time for Bright Lights Belhaven Nights 2018!

We can’t wait to see everyone this Saturday, August 11 at the 14th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights! As we move closer to the festival we wanted to make sure you had specific details that will make your festival experience the best that it can possibly be!

There are three entrance gates:  Carlisle Street by Lou’s, East and West Poplar Street.

  1. You can park in the Baptist Parking Garages
  2. Gates and ticket booths are CASH ONLY, don’t worry if you forget, we will have ATMs
  3. Tickets are $10 presale which closes Thursday, August 9 at midnight
  4. Tickets at the gate are $15
  5. Kids 12 and under get in free
  6. The festival is kid-friendly, we have a whole area dedicated just to them!!!
  7. Gates open at 5:00 pm
  8. Festival ends at 10:30pm
  9. There will be food and craft vendors on site
  10. No outside food and beverages allowed
  11. Don’t think we won’t check your backpacks/excessively large purses, we are on to you.
  12. Bring a bag chair, it couldn’t hurt.
  13. We LOVE our furry friends but keep in mind there are 3000+ people in a small footprint and a lot of loud music, it may not be the best environment for them.
  14. It will be HOT, just saying.
  15. If you know an Anti-Rain Dance, call me, we need to talk.
  16. Come READY TO PARTY!!! This is going to be our best year yet!!

Music Line Up

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE

4:30pm-5:45pm – House Music

5:45pm-6:30pm –Cary Hudson

6:50pm-7:35pm –Young Valley

7:55pm-8:55pm –Becca Mancari

9:15pm-10:30pm –The Weeks

CARLISLE STAGE

4:30pm-5:05pm – House Music

5:05pm-6:05pm –Southern Komfort Brass Band

6:25pm-7:40pm –Christone Kingfish Ingram

8:00pm-9:15pm –Robert Randolph & The Family Band

ACOUSTIC STAGE

5:00pm-5:30pm –Fondren Guitar Band

5:45pm-6:00pm –Elam Roberson

6:15pm-7:00pm –TB Ledford

7:15pm-8:00pm –Taylor Hildebrand

SECOND LINE BAND

6:45pm-7:45pm – Marching Street Performance Southern Komfort Brass Band

The Greater Belhaven Foundation Announces Ellen Langford As Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights Featured Artist

The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce that Ellen Langford is the featured artist of the 14th annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street festival (BLBN). Ellen, a Mississippi native, is pleased to call Belhaven home.

Ellen’s work will draw on inspiration from the festival with her painting during the event. The live painting is a new aspect of the BLBN artwork. Ellen will be set-up at her tent across from the BLBN tent where spectators can view her works while she paints.

“I build images with oil or acrylic of the physical and psychological spaces and connections between church and tree, child and dog, blue and orange,” said Langford.

“Whether commissioned, working from my heart in my studio, or painting on location, I am driven to communicate with layers of color and texture until each image becomes its own and I can move on. I try to paint a playful, and often joyful, outlook on life. After years away, studying and making art, it has been in returning to Mississippi that my work has found its rhythm and become highly narrative as I try to make sense of the race, class, religious, cultural, mixed up gumbo of this place.”

The painting will be included in the festival’s silent auction. Langford is a professional artist that has artwork displayed throughout Mississippi as well as New York, Maine and Alabama. She provides teaching workshops and demonstrations.

BLBN is scheduled for August 11, 2018, from 5:00 – 10:00 PM. Advance tickets are $10 per person and are available online at www.greaterbelhaven.com or $15 at the gate (cash only). Children ages 12 and under are free and must be with a supervising adult at all times.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Free parking will be available along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets. The entry gates will be located on Carilisle and Poplar Streets.

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has repeatedly been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society. The historic Belhaven neighborhood also was designated as one of American Planning Association’s “Great Neighborhoods in America 2014.”

To learn more about BLBN including the entertainment line-up, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.