‘Bright Lights’ Fest Returns August 14

This year’s featured headliner, Perpetual Groove, has been one of the most sought-after bands on the Jam/roots circuit. Image: Ellison White

The Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation (GBF) has announced the 17th annual street festival, Bright Lights Belhaven Nights (BLBN), scheduled for Saturday, August 14, 5-11 pm, in the historic Belhaven neighborhood.

The family fun event, presented by Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, C Spire, The Manship and Southern Beverage Company, will feature live music on two stages and local, handmade craft vendors and the most delicious food and beverages from Mississippi’s restaurants and breweries.  

This year’s featured headliner, Perpetual Groove, has been one of the most sought-after bands on the jam/roots circuit. They have headlined numerous festivals nationwide, including Bonnaroo. After a rejuvenating hiatus, the band has returned with the band’s songwriters incorporating pop and even EDM elements into the traditional P. Groove sound. Perpetual Groove released their seventh studio album, entitled Perpetual Groove. 

2021 Music Line-Up

7 pm: Southern Komfort Brass Band (second line through the streets)

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE

5:30 – 6:15 pm: Fondren Guitars Rock Band 

6:45 – 7:45 pm: Taylor Hildebrand 

8:15 – 9:15 pm: TB Ledford 

9:30 – 10:45 pm: Schaefer Llana

CARLISLE STAGE

5:15 – 6:00 pm: Southern Komfort Brass Band 

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Tatum Henry 

8:00 – 9:00 pm: The Red Clay Strays 

9:30 – 11:00 pm: Perpetual Groove 

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 August by the Southeast Tourism Society. The historic Belhaven neighborhood also was designated as one of the American Planning Association’s “Great Neighborhoods in America 2014.”

Advance tickets are $15 per person and are available online at greaterbelhaven.com 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 Corner Market’s parking lot toward New Stage Theatre and 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 and featured artist, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and Twitter at twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.