The aim of the event is simple: To bring Flint residents together through music and fellowship in the heart of the historic Civic Park Neighborhood, which was among America’s first planned neighborhoods.
The neighborhood has been bustling with activity in preparation for the three-day festival, which is expected to be an annual event.
Area youth have jumped in and supported clean-up efforts and the entire community is ready to welcome visitors, according to organizers Maurice and Beverly Davis.
“There will be plenty to do and see,” says Davis, who is excited to bring a musical line-up that might just give other concert venues a run for their money.
Spoken word artist Mama Sol will share as only she can, according to Davis, who promises that visitors will delight in her unique artistry credited for elevating her celebrity far beyond Flint’s boundaries.
The music lineup includes gospel on Monday, jazz on Tuesday and blues on Wednesday.
Flint’s own Blues legend and Civic Park Historic Business District Board President and Second Ward Councilman Maurice Davis will bring it on home, as he steps to the stage to play for his loyal fan base.
Artists like James Wood, Flint Triumph Praise Dancers, Motown Imitators, FEE, Jerome Clark, High Definition, Twyla Songbird, and Maurice Davis will take the stage, along with Greg Ellis, Caster Fish, Nikel, and DJs Gardell Haralson and Walt Jones.
The activities and musical stage will be located on Dayton Place across from the former Civic Park School in the heart of the neighborhood.
The festival takes place from 12-8 p.m. July 2-4, and activities will end prior to the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Children’s activities include a bounce house and games.
“We want to showcase the vibrancy of our historic neighborhood and provide our community with a safe, fun festival to celebrate the holiday,” says Davis. “This event is about fostering hope, promoting entrepreneurship and building community pride in the heart of Civic Park.”
The event is free. Food, beverages and other items for purchase will be made available by vendors. Parking is available behind the former Civic Park School and at Joy Tabernacle Church.
Editor’s Note: In addition to the Civic Park Historic Business District, the event is made possible with support from Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps NCCC, City of Flint, Civic Park Neighborhood Association, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint & Genesee Job Corps, Flint BRAND, Flint Neighborhoods United, Hamilton Community Health Network, Kettering University, Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, Messiah’s Management & Consulting Firm, Ruth Mott Foundation, Attorney Terry R. Bankert, TheHUB Flint, Urban Renaissance Center, and Walmart.
For more information and updates on the festival, visit the Heritage & Harmony Festival page on Facebook.