September 24, 2009
Holly Springs student will perform October 3 at Hattiesburg Blues Festival
Brittany Govan of Holly Springs will perform on the blues stage October 3, at the fourth annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival in Hattiesburg.
Govan, a student at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, will perform in Hattiesburg as part of the school’s Stage band and choir or its “60s-Decade of Change” class. The two groups are collaborating on a tour of southern Mississippi and will present a multimedia concert that celebrates the development of indigenous American music and the civil rights movement.
The Mobile Street Renaissance Festival celebrates the rich musical and cultural heritage of the historic black business and entertainment district of Hattiesburg. Last year Mobile Street received a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail to commemorate it as a birthplace of rock-and-roll.
The day’s activities will begin at 8 a.m. and will include gospel, contemporary and rhythm and blues stages; arts, crafts and food booths; an exhibition by the Hattiesburg Boxing Club; the Sho´ Nuff Good Barbecue Cook-Off; bike and car competitions; and a step show.
A highlight of this year’s festival will be the installation at 10 a.m. of a “Bench by the Road” by the Toni Morrison Society. The plaque on the Mobile Street bench will describe Freedom Summer activities and the central role Mobile Street held in the civil rights movement.
Festival information and booth applications are available at the event website, www.mobilestreetfestival.com, or through the festival chair, councilwoman Deborah Denard Delgado, 601-582-2560 or 601-545-4551.
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