Austin's festival base is terrific, but it's high time we had our own World Music festival, one that adequately represents the multi-cultural musical tastes of our diverse community. WobeonFEST is hoping to change this dynamic.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
On April 6 and 7, 2013, Austin will host WobeonFEST (also known as the Austin World Music Festival) at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in downtown Austin. International and local artists, both established and rising - and spanning several world music genres - will be performing.
The festival will be headlined by Afropop star Angelique Kidjo (from Benin; http://kidjo.com) on April 6, and by Reggae star Collie Buddz (from Bermuda; http://colliebuddz.com) on April 7. Other acts include award-winning Reggae band Dubtonic Kru (from Jamaica; http://dubtonickru.com), Afro-Colombian band M.A.K.U. Sound System (from Colombia/NYC; http://makusoundsystem.com), and Middle-Eastern Fusion band Atash (from Austin TX; http://atash.com). A fuller lineup and schedule featuring twelve bands on the main stage and other supporting events will be announced in coming weeks.
An outdoor main stage will feature acts, flanked by a grassy lawn, international food and beverage vendors, and a VIP lounge. A global bazaar will spread across the expansive Zócalo area of the MACC and will feature a marketplace of merchandise, artists and cultural organizations that reflect the global nature of the festival. Additional events are in the planning stages, with some geared to showcase Austin’s young and emerging musical talent.
“It’s high time Austin had its own World Music festival,” says Jakes Srinivasan, WobeonFest creator, founder of WorldBeatOnline (http://worldbeatonline.com) and a world musician himself. “Our city’s existing festival base is terrific but doesn’t adequately represent the multi-cultural musical tastes of this community. I’m hoping WobeonFest will begin to change that dynamic, and bring a diverse fan base here from all over Texas and elsewhere."
The United Way for Greater Austin (http://uwatx.com), the local chapter of the global organization United Way, is teaming up with WobeonFest to assist in organizing and hosting the festival. The local chapter, which serves Austinites in need by helping them overcome economic barriers, will be receiving a portion of the proceeds.
“We are delighted to be working with WobeonFest," says Debbie Bresette, President of United Way for Greater Austin. "The festival provides an excellent vehicle to bring greater awareness of the issues faced by our diverse community, and to raise additional resources to help us serve its needs.”
Tickets are on sale now from wobeonfest.com, and start at $29.50 for a one-day General Admission pass. A limited number of on-site vending, sponsorship and marketing partnership opportunities are available. Up-to-date festival information, hi-res images, and artist lineup will be published on the festival website at http://WobeonFest.com. Angela Tharp, owner of local live music venue Flamingo Cantina (http://flamingocantina.com), is the talent buyer and producer for WobeonFest.
For media inquiries, please email press(at)wobeonfest(dot)com. For other inquiries, please email info(at)wobeonfest(dot)com or visit the WobeonFest website at http://wobeonfest.com.
About United Way for Greater Austin
United Way for Greater Austin inspires, leads and unites an eclectic community of philanthropists including individuals, nonprofits, business and government to overcome barriers to economic opportunities and ensure Greater Austin continues to thrive. United Way for Greater Austin’s work is research-based and results driven and resources are invested so that everyone has access to the promise of Austin.