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Historic Belmont DeVilliers • 321 N. DeVilliers Street • Pensacola, FL 32501
A Festival of Music, Dance and Art in Historic Belmont DeVilliers

The Back on the Blocks Festival returns for a second year as one of Pensacola’s newest and best music, arts and cultural festivals on November 13 and 14, 2015. The two-day celebration highlights African American music, dance, art and literature in Historic Belmont DeVilliers with regional and local performers, including the Wake Up Choir, the Congolese traveling band of singers and musicians based in Mobile featuring Polimbatree Griot Ensemble; Atlanta author Barbara Armstrong, author of Honoring My Journey; DansArtery and the Glenn Parker Band, a collective of dancers and singers; and muralists Carter J and Chaz and Tina Ogden, who will install outdoor art and murals on the Historic DeVilliers Museum and the Belmont Cultural Center. All events are open to the public.

The festival is November 13 – 14, 2015, 10 am – 10 pm with the following events:

ArtBlocks: November 13 – 14, 2015, 10 am – 10 pm. Free. (Venues: DeVilliers Square, DeVilliers Heritage Museum and Belmont Cultural Center). Experience the visually stunning murals, outdoor paintings and indoor exhibition that capture the essence of the African American experience by award-winning artists Carter J, Chaz and Tina Ogden, and many others. See the artists’ work, feel the visual vibes and discover the meaning behind the each unique piece of installed art.

AuthorTalk: November 13 – 14, 2015, 11 am – 4 pm. Free. (Venue: Gathering Awareness and Book Center, 318 N. DeVilliers Street). Atlanta writer Barbara Gray Armstrong, author of On Friday and Saturday, Atlanta writer Barbara Gray Armstrong, author of Honoring My Journey, a personal memoir of her family blended into a larger, societal context during the 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights era, is the featured author at AuthorTalk at the Gathering Awareness and Book Center.Meet authors and poets that write about and witness the truth and fiction of a good story.

Roots, Rhythm and Movement: November 13, 2015, 8 pm., $10. (Venue: DeVilliers Heritage Museum, 500 West Belmont Street). DansArtery and the Glenn Parker Band set the stage for a studio performance featuring a theatrical and musical retrospective of African American ballroom dance parties. It’s all about roots, rhythm and a whole bunch of movement. By the end of the show, you’ll be dancing in your seats – and in the streets!

BlockParty: November 14, 10 am – 10 pm. Free. (Venue: On the streets of Belmont and DeVilliers Streets).
It’s live music. It’s rhythm and blues. It’s jazz and funk. It’s neo-soul and blues. It’s all dancing in the streets with incredible food, amazing art and spectacular food to the sounds of some of the best bands in the nation. Come to the BlockParty and celebrate community, camaraderie, and culture. Join the second line at 2:00 with the Wake Up Choir, Booker T. Washington Marching Band’s Drum Line, and the Polimbatree Griot Ensemble and celebrate and jam.

The Griots Speak: November 14, 2015, 3:00 pm. Free. (Talbot Chapel AME Zion Church). A musical celebration of West African music, spirit and culture comes alive at this event featuring the Wake Up Choir of Congo, West Africa; national touring gospel rap artist Da Bishop Rahiem Thomas; and the Polimbatree Griot Ensemble of Pensacola. You’ll feel the spirit of the African drums, dance, verse and song.


Back on the Blocks Festival • Sponsored by the Belmont DeVilliers Neighborhood Association