33rd Annual Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival

The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce and Champion Automotive Group will host the 33rd Annual Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 7, 2016 in beautiful downtown Brighton. This highly interactive art show, one of the most prestigious juried art festivals in southeast Michigan, draws from the best of the best - featuring talented local and national award winning artists. Over 30,000 art enthusiasts visit the festival each year to support the arts in our community, savor local restaurant fare and listen to a gentle mix of live acoustic music on four separate Main Street stages. Balancing out this fun and creative event, a walk down Main Street will offer many unique art infused activities for both the young and young at heart; creating the perfect three-part harmony - art, music and atmosphere – the perfect complement to any weekend plans!  Visitors can speak one-on-one with artisans about their original works in glass, watercolor, oils, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodcarvings and more. They will have the opportunity to watch up close as many artists will demonstrate their unique talents live.

NEW THIS YEAR!!! Brighton Fine Arts will be bringing a hip new band to downtown Brighton for one night only on Saturday August 6th. This newest music stage, located in the Hyne Street Lot behind Two Brothers Coffee and tagged as Brighton After Dark, will feature Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful – a trendy local band whose gigs have included The Ark, Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park and Ferndale’s FestivAle. Gates open at 7:00pm with music starting at 8:00pm. Wristbands are just $5, beer and wine also $5(with a “finer” wine option at just $10!).

Here is what others are saying about Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful …take a listen for yourself to hear the sweet sound that everyone’s talking about at https://mistylyn.bandcamp.com.

“A linchpin in the Ypsi/Ann Arbor indie folk scene, Misty Lyn and The Big Beautiful have been drawing crowds to festivals across Michigan with their self-proclaimed blend of “gothic folk.” Expect tight harmonies, haunting melodies, poetically rich lyrics, and vivid arrangements from Misty Lyn Bergeron and her backing band of notable local musicians Ryan Gimpert (electric guitar, pedal steel), Matt Jones of Matt Jones & The Reconstruction (drums, vocals), Jim Roll of Backseat Productions studio (bass), and Carol Gray (fiddle, percussion, vocals). The band has completed two studio albums, For the Dead (2009) and False Honey (2012), and is currently working on a third.”

Our 2016 acoustic music lineup will not disappoint! The four remaining live acoustic music stages will be a welcome a mix of some of our most popular singer/songwriters and some talented artists new to the local scene.

First Street Stage
5:00pm - 7:00pm   Jayme Orr - Pop/Rock/Blues
7:15pm - 9:00pm   Sam Van Wagoner Duo - Americana

Hyne Street Stage
5:00pm - 7:00pm   Ted J Reed - Alternative Lounge
7:15pm - 9:00pm   Jill Jack Duo - Americana

Mill Pond Stage
5:00pm - 7:00pm   Samantha Parks - Pop
7:15pm - 9:00pm   Steven Mullan - Pop/Rock

West Street Stage
5:00pm - 7:00pm   Greg Nagy - Blues
7:15pm - 9:00pm   Jennifer Westwood Duo - Country

First Street Stage
11:15am - 1:15pm   Sophia Avocado - Pop                                       
  1:30pm - 3:30pm   James Anthony - Americana   
  3:45pm - 5:45pm   Christa & Company - Pop
  6:00pm - 8:00pm   SKS Trio - Vintage Jazz

Hyne Street Stage
11:15am - 1:15pm   Mitchell Curley - Pop/Rock                                         
  1:30pm - 3:30pm   Angela Predhomme - Pop   
  3:45pm - 5:45pm   Sydney Burnham Trio - Pop
  6:00pm - 8:00pm   Beth Stalker Duo - Pop

Mill Pond Stage
11:15am - 1:15pm   Mia Green - Pop                                       
  1:30pm - 3:30pm   Zander Michigan - Folk/Blues   
  3:45pm - 5:45pm   Robyn Marriott - Folk/Pop
  6:00pm - 8:00pm   Darwin Mamassian - Folk/Rock

West Street Stage
11:15am - 1:15pm   Alex Mendenhall - Pop                                       
  1:30pm - 3:30pm   Chris Degnore - Rock 
  3:45pm - 5:45pm   The Good Son - Rock
  6:00pm - 8:00pm   Barelyon - Alternative Pop

Hyne Street Lot
(Located behind Two Brothers Coffee)
8:00pm – 10:00pm  Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful

10:00pm - 11:00pm Kate Hinote & The Disasters

First Street Stage
11:45am - 1:45pm   Roberto Rodriguez - Pop                                       
 2:00pm - 4:00pm    Michelle Held - Folk   
Hyne Street Stage
11:45am - 1:45pm   Alison Albrecht - Pop                                       
 2:00pm - 4:00pm    Billy Brandt & Sarana VerLin - Folk

Mill Pond Stage
11:45am - 1:45pm  Trey Connor - Pop/Rock                                         
2:00pm - 4:00pm    Julie Haven - Pop

West Street Stage
11:45am - 1:45pm   Carly Bins - Pop                                       
 2:00pm - 4:00pm    Mike Vial - Folk/Pop

“The City of Brighton has truly become a center for the arts in Livingston County - featuring a Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery Walks and plenty of hands-on art opportunities throughout downtown. Once a year the Chamber compliments these established features with the Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival, an event that attracts visitors from all across the state of Michigan,” said Pam McConeghy, President and CEO of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.  “These visitors not only enjoy a hip art festival, but are also free to explore our dynamic and artsy downtown.”

“Our talented artists bring their ideas to life and then share the beauty of their work - and the creativity and skill it takes to create such pieces – for all of us to enjoy. Brighton Fine Arts is a chance for us to seek out and appreciate the work that speaks to us most. Whether it’s a painting, jewelry, some pottery or a picture - it’s a chance for us to take home a summer memory.”
-  Sophia Freni - Director of Events, GBACoC

The Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival event hours are:

Friday, August 5th 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 6th 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, August 7th 10:00am - 4:00pm

Brighton After Dark Hours are:
Saturday August 6th 8:00pm – 11:00pm Gates open at 7:00pm

For more information, please contact Sophia Freni, Director of Events - Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce at 810.227.5086.

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