The Urban Music Festival celebrates its 13th year with high energy performances on Friday-Saturday, March 30-31. This year’s festival promises to be another fun-filled weekend full of great entertainment and community participation, with headline artists En Vogue, Vivian Green and Texas Jazz Explosion on Friday, and Johnny Gill anchoring the Saturday line-up with Dave Hollister and Zapp.
More than 15,000 music revelers will converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake to enjoy Austin’s only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music. Today, UMF is a landmark event and a testament to a committed joint effort by music fans and producers.
From its start, UMF has played a significant role in the community as a part of the Austin Quality of Life Initiative. It is arguably Austin’s signature event highlighting African-American cultural contributions to the city. UMF has managed this feat by focusing on breaking new boundaries each year and continues to reach the hearts of urban music lovers.
This year’s performers join an impressive list of 500 artists who have performed on UMF’s stages over the years. Affectionately known as the “original funky divas,” Friday’s closing act En Vogue are recognized as one of the top five highest selling American female music groups in history with over 20 million albums sold on the strength of R&B and pop smashes like “Hold On” and “Free Your Mind.” In 2018, the group is presenting their most creative music yet with the release of “Electric Café.” Johnny Gill is an American R&B musician, songwriter and singer best known as a successful solo recording artist and as lead singer of platinum-selling boy band New Edition.
Tickets for the Urban Music Festival range from $40.99 to $159.99. Friday, March 30th gates open at 3 p.m. and the night’s events end at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, gates open at noon with the show ending at 10:30 p.m. More information at https://urbanmusicfest.com/.