September 7th & 8th 2018



SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2017
FRIDAY 5:00pm - 11:30pm
SATURDAY 12:00pm - 11:30pm

The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce and 1st National Bank are pleased to present our 12th Annual Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival this September in Downtown Brighton.

Event hours are Friday September 8th, 5pm - 11:30pm and Saturday, September 9th 12:00noon - 11:30pm.

Award winning barbecue will once again be smokin’ up Main Street from Grand River to 1st Street; serving up ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, pork tenderloin, sweet treats, specialty mac n’ cheese and more. Vendors will be open on Main Street 5:00pm – 11:30pm on Friday and 12:00pm - 11:30pm on Saturday.

Jazz and blues will be live at the beer tent located on Mill Pond Lane (in the municipal parking lot behind Great Harvest Bread Company) both Friday and Saturday, 5:00pm – 11:30pm. Cover is just $5.00. Ages 21 and over is requested after 9pm. Beer, wine, ale and hard cider are also just $5.00. ATM’s are available on Main Street and at the entrance to the beer tent.

Shuttle Service

The event will be offering FREE shuttle service to and from the event. Shuttle pick up location is at the Meijer M Dot Parking Lot located at 8650 W Grand River Ave, Brighton 48116. Shuttles will run 5:00pm-12:00am on Friday and Saturday 12:00pm – 12:00am.

Paint & Pour

Attendees will have a chance to get creative with Paint and Pour, where you can take home your very own smokin’ art! Those interested can register at the Mill Pond Gazebo during event hours both Friday and Saturday.


One Spirit Dance and Fitness will be on hand for their crowd favorite fire shows with performance times Friday at 9:00pm and Saturday at 5:00pm and 9:00pm, presented by Allstate Insurance – Agent Joseph Pacut, Pinckney office.

And Puzzled Escape in Brighton will be bringing unique escape room challenges live to Main Street for two days only. Participants will have time to solve puzzles, break codes and unlock the key to escaping the room. Put yourself to the test and see if you have what it takes to escape! Visit their booth for more information.

Support Our Community

Visit our sponsor and non-profit booths for your chance to win. Many ways to get involved, enter to win or just share what you love about our community.
And be sure to stop by the CHAMBER/INFO BOOTH located in front of the Running Lab located at the corner of Hyne and Main Street to vote for this year’s People’s Choice for best bbq!

The 2017 Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues line up is anything but average! This year’s live entertainment pulls from the best of the best of both local and national jazz and blues bands.


There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand in the community. Registration is ongoing and positions are filled on a first come first served basis. A link can be found by clicking the big orange button on the front page of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce website at

“Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues festival is certainly a signature event for Livingston County,” states Pam McConeghy, President and CEO of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce. “It has brought a considerable amount of attention to downtown Brighton and has helped to stimulate its vibrant economy. The festival brings jazz, blues and barbecue enthusiasts to Brighton from all across the region. We’re looking forward to another successful event.”

“Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz and Barbecue Blues Festival has become a local icon. As we set out on our 12th year, the City of Brighton is celebrating its very own 150th
Anniversary. We will come together to celebrate jazz, blues, barbecue and our historic one-of-a-kind downtown. For those that have never been, hopefully, it only takes one time for you to fall in love with Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz!” – Sophia Freni, GBACoC Director of Events

Contact Sophia Freni - Director of Events at the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce for more information via email at or by calling 810.227.5086.