Event Profile: Urban Music Fest

Black History Month

Event Profile: Urban Music Fest

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021

– Miles Bloxson, KUTX Host

Urban Music Fest started in 2006, as an idea of three businessmen. Homer Hill the founder of Catfish Station a family-owned business and now known as Mr. Catfish, Donnie Little a former quarterback of the University of Texas, and  Donnell Creech the owner and founder of Soulciti a website, which is dedicated to covering Black news, arts, and culture in Austin.

The concept came about after a fire took place in 2005 at one of Austin’s beloved black-owned night club’s Midtown Live. “One evening, Midtown Live which is primarily a club, but they also had a kitchen, and supposedly the kitchen caught on fire. So I guess when they called 911, it was overheard on different dispatches between the police department, the fire department, people were saying stuff like burn baby, burn, you know, racial epithets. And so I guess they didn’t realize their intercoms were on and it created a big outcry from the community. Midtown was a very popular place and that was the impetus for the African-American Quality of Life initiative,” Hill said.

Homer Hill

This led to The African American Quality of Life Initiative which was a collaboration between the City community leaders, neighborhoods, and business owners to address the disparities in the treatment of the African American Community.

The City Demographer did a study  that “confirmed African Americans trailed other ethnic groups in many socio-economic areas.” City staff, along with an outside consulting firm called Group Solutions and community leaders identified 56 initiatives in six categories that would improve African American quality of life in  Austin. 

Arts, Culture & Entertainment was one of the six and so the trio got together and presented their idea to the city and they gained the support they needed to make the Urban Music Fest happen.

The festival brings in 7,000 to 12,000 attendees and is held at Auditorium shores.  Urban Music Fest has had performers such as Boyz 2 Men, Frankie Beverly and Maze, En Vogue, Charlie Wilson, The Ohio Players, Brandy and so many more. They also work closely with the community and have created the Soul Tree Collective Young Band Project, which fosters young Musicians in Travis and Williamson County.

Even though they weren’t able to host the festival last year because of the pandemic, Urban Music Fest is still thriving.  As for the future, Homer hopes,For the community to start embracing the whole community. To become explorers into other cultures, especially African-American culture and to derive the benefits from it.”   

 

 

Not Today Kanye

The Breaks

Not Today Kanye

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020

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This Song: Kathy Valentine

This Song

This Song: Kathy Valentine

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020

Kathy Valentine, bass player in the seminal 80s all-girl rock group the Go-Go’s, recently wrote a memoir titled All I Ever Wanted. In the book, Valentine explores her unconventional childhood, her time with the Go-Go’s, and her journey to sobriety. In this episode of, Kathy explains what “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream taught her about herself when she was 9 years old,  describes how she found her creative process as an author and details how music and storytelling intersected in her new book.

Kathy Valentine’s April Book Tour dates are currently being rescheduled, but you can buy a signed copy from one of the bookstores where she was scheduled to appear. Find out where to buy your copy of All I Ever Wanted

Kathy also wrote a soundtrack to accompany her book. Check out the soundtrack to All I Ever Wanted on Bandcamp.

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This Song: Metric

This Song

This Song: Metric

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020

Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw from  Metric talk about  hearing “Teardrop” by Massive Attack early in their musical partnership and how it inspired them, terrified them and helped them find a collaborative way of making music that still works for them today.

“I remember listening to that song…and just feeling like..it was sort of a mix between feeling like anything was now sonically possible, and that I would never achieve anything. Because I felt like it had gone to the heights and depths of what I hadn’t known existed, which is an enlightening and somehow taking wind out of sails moment at the same time.” — Jimmy Shaw, Metric

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Lost My Head – Odessa

Song Confessional

Lost My Head – Odessa

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020

Episode 7 of Song Confessional features Odessa, a phenomenal singer-songwriter who’s released two critically acclaimed records and played with the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Barefoot. This episode features “Lost My Head,” a song from her latest album inspired by the confession of a young man losing his first love. Odessa and Walker talk about dying, break ups in their 20’s, and a whole lot more.

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