History

BACK ON THE BLOCKS FESTIVAL 2017
Celebrating the Art, Music, Film, Food & Heritage of Historic Belmont Devilliers

Background
The history of “The Blocks,” the common name of the historic Belmont DeVilliers
neighborhood, is artistically and culturally rich in music and entertainment. Its origin began as
the Black business, entertainment, and cultural district in the city of Pensacola, also known as
the “Harlem of the South”. Staking its claim and musical heritage from the “Chitlin Circuit”, it
now reclaims being the center of artistic and cultural renaissance as an economic resurgence.

Now in its fourth year, the Back on the Blocks is a celebration of music and dance, culture and
arts, film, food, and heritage climaxing into an infusion of history and education while gathering
together local, regional and national visitors during a 2-day festival taking place on Friday,
Saturday, November 3- 4, 2017 at the intersections of Belmont & DeVilliers.