As summer begins to gain on us, the excitement that follows for all goes like this: for the kids – it’s no school, but for the big kids and all the dope music festivals that take up calendar slots, having people with a generous appreciation for music from all over coming to and from to catch wind of.  The summer music festivities are what sets the tones for all the hot tracks that take over all summer activities and radio.

If you’re a hot artist with a hot song, you won’t be off the line-up for one of these concert events.  And you should take it personal if you do get left off, or step your game up for the next year.

And with the month of May kicking off the summer, this 2017’s summer music festival season were the Broccoli City Festival held in DC, Maryland, JMBLYA in Texas, and Rolling Loud in Miami.  All within the same week, you could be from anywhere, any region of the country and you would still be able to partake and we sure got our feets in.  Even if you bounced around, started with one, went to another, and ended with the other, it would have been all in good fun; and well worth the costs and travel.


BC Festival

Broccoli City – Photo by Ben Esakoff

Starting things off at the historic Gateway DC area on April 29th, the green & socially-conscious Broccoli City Fest held their 5th annual event over a 4-day period.  The music conference with an aim aside from providing millennials with a two stage spectacle of in-demand and up-and-coming artistic performances, also focuses on building thriving urban communities in order to preserve for the future generations through their impactful activation’s and major events. Beginning  with a 5K run, an art and music pop up, a two-day panel discussion covering topics such as   and then a big pow wow on Saturday, May 6th with Rae Sremmurd, Solange, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Rapsody, Smino and more.

Nearly 10,000 ticket holders were granted access to a host of delights as far as food and shopping, music and performances, coupled with insightful conversations regarding political activism and healthy living as it pertains to the urban communities of America in particular.    Currently under this Trump administration, the outrage on his regime is ever so real.  So with a bit of music to sooth, the objective to talk about bettering the culture is and was a necessity as far as the Broccoli City Fest is concerned.


Since its inception in 2013, the JMBLYA two-day music event has always featured a stellar lineup of artists that include both notable chart-topping acts and up-and-coming performers, alike.  With past acts including top hip-hop heads like Future, Travis Scott, Rae Sremmurd, Big Boi, PartyNextDoor, and more, as well as highly sought after DJs and producers like Carnage, RL Grime, Metro Boomin, and Kaytranada to name a few; 2017 was no different.

The fifth annual music event comprised of world-class hip-hop and EDM acts with 50,000 total attendees across the weekend.  Held on May 5th and 6th in Dallas and Austin, the mix of national acts with exciting up-and-comers hitting the festival stage was nothing short of pure hype and merrymaking.

Headlined by three-time Grammy Award winner Chance the Rapper, who brought out various surprise appearances, including Migos, Gucci Mane, and Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd, you already know he kept the crowd going.

Gucci Mane had Migos on the stage with him in Dallas for a rendition of their recent collaboration “Sippery,” and in Austin embraced a stage appearance of hip-hop legend Bun B alongside him too. Migos’ set the crowd on fire with their string of hits.  DJ/producer and founder of Dim Mak Records Steve Aoki also did his thing bringing his notorious party style to Texas, maintaining the energy all weekend long.

Lil Uzi Vert hit the stage with Migos for a “Bad and Boujee” production, R&B sensation 6LACK, Memphis-based rapper Young Dolph along with DFW’s own Snow Tha Product, Atlanta-based hip-hop artist YFN Lucci, and rapper/singer/songwriter Pell were all also there burning up the outdoor space.


Rolling Loud

And out in Miami, the powerhouses of today’s hip-hop state like Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Playboi Carti, XXXTentacion, you name it, a $3.5 million talent amount all hit the Dab Stage out in Bayfront Park from May 5th through the 7th.  So had you missed the other festivals going on, them and more were apart of the third annual Rolling Loud line-up on its first venture in Downtown MIA.

Prior to the festival, there was much talk among the board to shut down the event as there was a fear of rowdy event goers creating havoc, but the forty thousand sum odd people in attendance across all three nights were found to be in accordance.

This summers music festival season has only just begun and it’s already too much.  Getting the folks ready for what’s coming up, the Rapfest will be there to lock and load so stay tuned all summer for our coverage and conversations to follow.

Summer Jam coming up, FYF Fest, the line-ups will continue as music is ever-going and ever-growing.  Keeping the pulse of hip-hop beating, pushing the culture forward, we got you this festival season.


Photo cred when credit is due:

Ben Esakoff – BC Fest
Greg Noire – JMBLYA
Catherine Rogers – BC Fest
Brenden Williams – JMBLYA