For Immediate Release
July 26, 2012
Arts, Tourism & Special Events
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino is pleased to announce that the city's Urban Music Festival will be returning to City Hall Plaza on Saturday, August 4th, from 5-8pm. The Boston Urban Music Festival offers a contemporary view of the urban music scene in and around Boston celebrating the best of Hip-Hop, R & B, Funk and Soul. The festival showcases the very best in urban music from both local and national artists. “This free outdoor festival focuses on the positive messages this music genre has to offer and brings together people of all different backgrounds and cultures through the power of music. I invite everyone to join us,” said Mayor Menino.
This year’s headliner is Outasight. Outasight is an American singer and rapper from Yonkers, New York. Though he is considered a Pop artist, he draws influence from other genres such as hip-hop, classic rock and soul, and describes his music as "Energetic hip hop mixed with melodic soul.” He brilliantly weaves together the cadenced sounds of popular hip-hop and indie rock with the poignant sensibility of classic pop and soul music to create a fresh, new sound that is all his own. “People are conditioned to see certain images for different genres of music,” says the 27 year-old songwriter. “So if something looks or sounds out of the norm, it’s more difficult to understand at first.”
Outasight’s second promotional CD, Radio New York, which was released in June 2008, attracted the interest of record labels and in October 2009, he signed with Warner Bros. His official debut single, Tonight Is The Night, was released on September 23, 2011. There will also be performances by Bad Rabbits, Phil Adé, Alage, James Massone, Dj Frank White, Nancia Music, Studio Heat, and Vylette.
Boston Urban Music Festival is produced by the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and is generously sponsored by MetroPCS. The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events is responsible for advancing the arts, tourism and culture in the city of Boston by providing advocacy, support, promotional and technical assistance, and by producing special events and public celebrations that reflect the city's rich diversity.