Salt Lake City, July 21, 2017 - The Utah Arts Alliance is proud to present our lineup of entertainment for the 7th Annual Urban Arts Festival which will take place this September 16 & 17 at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.
Headlining our Festival Stage on Saturday, September 16 will be turntablist extraordinaire Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys. Named as “the world’s greatest DJ” by USA Today, Mix Master Mike’s status as a premier, award-winning DJ and producer has allowed him to maintain his rank as an influential musician, and become a household name. His many accomplishments include a 3 time consecutive win of the DMC World title, a win of the 1992 New Music Seminar DJ Battle (where he became the first West Coast DJ to win the title of World Champion), and being inducted into the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 with the Beastie Boys. His skillful, hard-hitting scratch work has rightfully earned him the status of a pioneer in the hip-hop and DJ communities.
Headlining our Festival Stage on Sunday September 17 will be Afrolicious, a dance-fusion collective based in San Francisco, California. Started as a weekly dance party featuring DJ’s and percussionists, MC’s and horn players, Afrolicious has established itself as both one of the most legendary weekly parties in San Francisco, and of the top live/electronic bands on the scene.
And once again the Urban Arts Festival will feature two stages and include local and regional acts: Akoma, ArtsOfChaos, BabyJordan, The Bboy Federation, Beaute Obscure, Conquer Monster, Downright Citizens, House of Lewis, INSATIABLE, intimiN8, Kanani Pua Dance, La Calavera, Lady Infinity, MiNX, Mojave Jive, Mojave Nomads, Music Garage, Nepenthe with Desert Journey School of Dance, Nick Weaver + Been A While Dance Company, Numbs, Orphans Cabaret, Penrose, Rhythm Against Society, Robyn Cage, Shanin Blake, SuperBubble, Talia Keys, The Outsiders, Version Two, Waterloo Rats, WOFA Afro Fusion Dance and much more!
The Urban Arts Festival is the largest FREE community art event in Utah. It is organized by Utah Arts Alliance. The festival draws over 50,000 in attendance annually and showcases hundreds of artists, performers, and musicians. It has received several awards including being named as the “Best New Festival in Utah” a the, “Best Indie Art Event in Utah” and the “Best Fest for the Rest”!
In 2017 the festival will be held at the Gallivan Center in Downtown SLC. It is a two day celebration of Salt Lake’s urban and artistic culture for the community, art lovers, and families. The festival features artists, music, dance performance, automotive arts, projection art, virtual reality and new media arts, street basketball league, live street art and mural painting displays and much more.
THE URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE, 2017
- Over 200 artists displaying and selling everything from paintings, photography, and prints to jewelry, clothing, and sculpture.
- Music from over 50 different groups—featuring hip-hop, rock, blues, funk, and DJ’s.
- Dance performances from top urban dance groups—featuring breakdancing battles and showcases throughout the day.
- Custom Culture - Automotive Arts Area featuring over 40 amazing art cars and motorcycles.
- Hard N Paint Street Basketball league and slam-dunk contest.
- Digital Graffiti projection art and Virtual Reality art area.
- IndieWalk: Urban Fashion Show
- Live painting demonstrations from Utah’s top mural and street artists as well as a community wall for everyone to paint on.
- Food Truck League featuring the best food trucks in Utah.
- Vendors and booths from non-profit groups and sponsors.
URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL CONNECTS THE ARTS TO COMMUNITY
The Urban Arts Festival benefits the community in Salt Lake in many ways, including giving the public an opportunity to experience some of the most relevant and current art in the state. Attendees will experience some of the newest and most innovative dance and music performances around, as well as participate in the many projects at the festival, voting in the several audience-choice competitions at the festival, taking art workshops, or just enjoying the unique atmosphere that can only be found at the Urban Arts Festival.
The festival draws thousands of people, both from inside and outside the state, to downtown SLC for the day, supporting local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, shops, parking lots, and clubs. The benefits also extend to the artists that sell their unique works at the festival and the many musicians and performers that use this opportunity to increase their visibility and expand their audience. The festival and our patrons bring millions of dollars to the downtown economy and is supported by Salt Lake City Corp., Salt Lake County, and the State of Utah.
The Urban Arts Festival would not be possible without the generous support of the Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Arts Council, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the Gallivan Center, ZAP, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Adobe, Whole Foods, Visit Salt Lake, Downtown SLC Alliance, Microsoft, Visit Salt Lake, Red Rock Brewery, Five Wives Vodka, Salt Lake City Weekly, Catalyst & Unique Autobody.
Saturday, September 16th; 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday, September 17th; 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gallivan Center: 239 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
For more info visit urbanartsfest.org