Inaugural Urban Music Festival planned for Saturday of Texas Relays weekend
March 2, 2006
In conjunction with the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Austin, Texas will host the inaugural Urban Music Festival (UMF) on Saturday, April 8 along the banks of Town Lake at Auditorium Shores from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
UMF will be an all-day, outdoor, family-oriented event featuring live music and social activities. R&B legend Chaka Khan will headline the festival, which features a complete line up of R&B, funk and hip-hop performers.
On the same weekend, The University of Texas will host the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the UT Campus. The four-day track and field meet, which begins on Wednesday, April 5, attracts 3,800 high school, college and open division competitors from all over the United States.
"The Texas Relays brings the nation's finest athletes to Austin and is built on a history of excellence and inclusion," said Chris Plonsky, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Men and the Women's Athletics Director.
"Introducing the Urban Music Festival undeniably takes the entire weekend to another level for the spectators and athletes -- an experience well beyond the races and field events. We believe supporting UMF is a good fit for UT Athletics and provides a winning combination for The University, the city, the participants and the community overall."
Annually, more than 40,000 visitors from the state of Texas and the southwestern region of the U.S. flock to Austin during Relays weekend to enjoy both athletic competition and cultural connections. Beginning this year, UMF will serve as the anchor entertainment event, during Relays weekend, and provide a unique opportunity to highlight Austin as a viable multicultural and social destination for travelers, showcase its viability as a city for relocation and strengthen the existing ties within the local African-American community.
For more information on UMF, the sponsoring organizations and benefiting non-profit partners, visit the website at or contact the UMF offices at: (512) 314-5433.
Tickets are now available through Texas Box Office at or by calling (800) 982-BEVO.