JMBLYA Promposals 2017 [Contest]

We hear some of you are skipping out on your prom this year to attend JMBLYA. We always do our best to make JMBLYA an unforgettable experience for you and your friends so if you’re skipping your prom, a once in a lifetime experience, we want to make it a moment worthwhile!

We’ll have a designated spot at JMBLYA for you, your date and your crew to take pictures and hang out while enjoying the fest. We also want to crown two of you JMBLYA king and queen, which gets you an upgrade from your existing ticket and access to the VIP area and Fur Coat elevated viewing area!! Rules on how this contest will work below:

– Post a video on Instagram or Twitter of you asking your date to JMBLYA Prom (video must be less than 1 minute)
– Make sure to include the hashtag #JMBLYApromposal so we can see your post (page must be public!)
– The deadline to make a submission is May 1, 2017 at 4 PM CDT. We will announce a winner the week leading up to JMBLYA on our social media

+ We’ll have a few more surprises waiting for y’all at the fest to make sure you can stunt as the king and queen of JMBLYA!!

JMBLYA 2017 Ambassador Program – Apply Now


2017 is the 5th anniversary of JMBLYA so we wanted to bring a new program into the picture for everyone that has ever wanted to get involved with the festival. This year we are implementing our ambassador program to give people that chance. Get involved. Be a part of the movement. Apply here.


ScoreMore Shows Spring 2017 Internships – Apply Now


We’re looking for passionate people who love music and are hungry to further their interest in the world of live music. That simple. If you’re about that life and wanna rock with us, check the opportunities below and email [email protected] with the following:

-What city you are from and where you currently reside
-Where you attend school and what your major is
-Where you currently work and approximately how many hours a week you work
-What some of your favorite artists are
-What internship(s) you wish to apply to
-Why you think you would be the best fit for the position(s)
-Anything else you think we should know that makes you stand out


Our marketing and social media internship includes creating and managing campaigns for our club shows across the state, brainstorming and implementing various ideas and strategies, creating reports based on campaigns and coming up with creative ideas for social media strategies.

-Great communications skills
-Ability to assimilate and put new knowledge and skills into practice quickly
-Effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects
-Familiar with all social media outlets (Mainly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat but others a plus)
-Experience with Google Docs or Excel
-Strong attention to detail
-Interest/knowledge in music


Our media internship includes writing content for our blog, creating and helping manage social media campaigns, implementing creative ideas for promoting concerts and festivals, creating graphics, taking photos at our shows, brainstorming and implementing content ideas and more.

-Great communications skills
-Ability to assimilate and put new knowledge and skills into practice quickly
-Familiar with all social media outlets (Mainly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat but others a plus)
-Photography and photo editing
-Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
-Video production and editing is a plus
-Strong attention to detail
-Interest/knowledge in music

JMBLYA 2016: FAQ + SET TIMES – Dallas May 13/Austin May 14


JMBLYA 2016 is finally upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! Below you find everything you can and can’t bring, how to get to the fest, where you can park, how to get into the fest, instructions for VIP and more.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Blankets, towels
Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
Baby strollers
Pocket-sized cameras (no professional photography or video cameras including DSLRs)
Portable cell phone chargers
Empty plastic or aluminum water bottles
Empty Camelbaks
Sunscreen (non-aerosol)

Weapons of any kind
Illegal substances (including narcotics)
Drug paraphernalia
Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the event)
Glass containers
Food or beverages
Metal aerosol cans, including sunscreen.
Framed or large backpacks
Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
Bicycles inside event grounds
Athletic games, hula hoops, frisbees, inflatable objects, kites, etc.
Musical instruments
Large chains or spiked jewelry
Fireworks or explosives
Large umbrellas
Chairs of any kind
Pets (except service dogs)
Video or recording equipment (no GoPros or selfie sticks)
Drones or any other remote flying devices
Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, no tripods, big zooms, commercial use rigs or DSLRs or selfie sticks)
Any audio recording equipment
No illegal vending is permitted or unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed (no passing out fliers, swag, etc.)
No moshing, crowd surfing, and/or stage diving
No squirt guns, spray bottles or misters

Yes. Guests and their belongings are subject to a thorough search upon entry. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home.


We want to make sure that all music lovers have access to JMBLYA! The festival grounds are wheelchair accessible and ADA bathrooms are provided on site.

We will have festival merch on-site for sale. We will be accepting debit/credit cards and cash.

We will various places to buy food and drinks including alcohol if you are 21+ (please bring a valid ID to drink)
Cash and debit/credit accepted at all vendors.
We will not have ATMs on site so please bring cash if you do not want to use a debit/credit card.

Please have your ticket printed out and unfolded or the emailed PDF file from Ticketfly pulled up with your brightness turned all the way up. Screenshots do not work. This will help everyone get into the show as quickly as possible.

Yes. In fact children 3 1/2 feet tall and shorter are admitted FREE if accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

We are making every effort to create a safe environment on the festival grounds, including public and private security and medical staff. If you need any assistance, seek out the medical tent, or look for a police officer, security staff, or festival staff member.
Doors at 3PM.

Friday 5/13

Coliseum Parking Lot at Fair Park


  • Jr. Transit Center: Trezevant St / S Trunk Ave (214)979-1111
    • DART
    • Overnight or long-term parking is at the discretion of the customer. DART assumes no responsibility for vehicles left overnight.
  • Fair Park: 3909 Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210
    • Gate 13, 14
    • $10 cash parking
    • Park the Duration of the event
    • Limited to capacity


  1. By Car
  • From North Dallas, Richardson, Plano and other locations north of Dallas:
    Go south on US 75, exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park. [Alternate route: Go south on the North Dallas Tollway and exit onto I-35E south. Take the left lane exit to I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and forward to Fair Park.
  • From Flower Mound, Lewisville and other locations northwest of Dallas: Go south on I-35E, take the left lane exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.
  • From West Dallas, Arlington, Irving, Fort Worth and other locations west of Dallas: Go east on I-30, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.
  • From East Dallas, Mesquite, Rockwall and other locations east of Dallas: Go west on I-30, take Exit 47C (First Avenue/Fair Park), turn right on Exposition and continue forward to Fair Park.
  • From Oak Cliff, Cedar Hill, DeSoto and other locations southwest of Dallas: Go north on I-35E, exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.
  • From South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis and other locations southeast of Dallas: Go north on I-45, exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.
  • From Downtown Dallas: Go east on Commerce St., turn right onto Second Ave. and continue forward to Fair Park

2. By Bicycle
On-street routes to Fair Park are:

  • From the north: Travel south on Peak St., Haskell Ave. or Lindsay Ave. to Parry Ave. and then follow Parry Ave. south to Fair Park.
  • From the east: Travel west on Haskell Ave. to Parry Ave. and then follow Parry Ave. South to Fair Park
  • From the south: Travel north on Scyene Rd. or Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Robert C. Cullum Blvd., which follows the southern side of Fair Park.
  • From the west: Travel east on Canton St. to 2nd Ave and then follow 2nd Ave. east to Fair Park.

Bike racks are located at the Gexa Energy Pavilion concert facility and at the DART Fair Park light rail stations both on Parry Ave and at MLK. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has bike racks on DART buses. DART does allow riders to carry bikes on-board buses provided the bicycles are clean and there is room on the bus. Bicycles that are clean are also permitted on DART light rail and on Trinity Railway Express vehicles when space is available.
– Learn more about bicycles and DART.
– Get information regarding Fair Park bike racks

3. By Public Transit/Train

  • DART light rail
  • Visitors can ride the DART Rail Green Line to two stations – Fair Park Station, located on Parry Ave and Exposition Ave. Or to the MLK, Jr. Station, located north of MLK Blvd, near Trunk Ave and S Blvd.
  • For more travel information:
  • DART bus
    • Whether you’re coming from north, south, east, west or downtown Dallas, several DART bus routes lead to the gates of Fair Park. Many more lead to the nearby J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center.
    • Although you can see all of your bus route options at
  • Trinity River Express (TRE)
    • On every day but Sunday, the TRE offers commuter rail service between Fort Worth and Dallas. Its regular stops include DFW Airport, the Dallas Medical Center, Victory Station and Union Station. Get information about the TRE.
    • At Victory Station, you can transfer from the TRE to DART’s light rail Green Line and continue directly to Fair Park.
    • At Union Station, you can transfer to the DART bus which will also bring you to Fair Park.
  • Denton County A-Train
    • Take the A-train from one of five stations and transfer to DART’s Green Line at Trinity Mills.
    • For more travel information:

Friday 5/13

305 S Congress Ave Austin, TX


  • City Hall Garage: $8.00 / 12pm-12am
  • Austin Convention Center 201 E 2nd Street: Variable Rate / 12pm-12am
  • One Texas Center: $8.00 / 12pm-12am

Bus Routes to Statesman

1.801 Rapid (SouthPark Meadows: North Lamar & Congress)
-Corner of Guadalupe & N Lamar (Triangle Station)
-Guadalupe & 38th (Hyde Park Station)
-Guadalupe & 27th (UT Dean Keeton Station)
-23rd & Guadalupe (UT West Mall Station)
-16th & Guadalupe (Museum Station)
-12th & Guadalupe (Capitol Station)
-8th & Guadalupe (Austin History Center Station)
-4th & Guadalupe (Republic Square Station)
-Riverside & S 1st St. (Auditorium Shores Station)
-0.19 mile walk to location

2. 1 (Metric/South Congress)
-Corner of Guadalupe & N Lamar (Triangle Station)
-Guadalupe & 45th, 43rd, 41st
-Guadalupe & 38th (Hyde Park Station), 34th, 31st, 30th
-Guadalupe & 29th, 27th (UT Dean Keeton Station), 26th, 24th, 23rd (UT West Mall Station)
-Guadalupe & 21st, 16th (Museum Station), 12th (Capitol Station)
-Guadalupe & 8th (Austin History Center Station), 4th (Republic Square Station)
-Riverside & S 1st St. (Auditorium Shores Station)
-0.19 mile walk to location

3. 803 Rapid (Westgate: South Lamar & Burnet)
-Koenig & Burnet (Allandale Station)
-North Loop & Burnet (North Loop Station)
-N Lamar & 45th (Sunshine Station)
-N Lamar & 40th (Rosedale Station)
-West & 38th (West 38th Station)
-Guadalupe & 27th (UT Dean Keeton Station)
-23rd & Guadalupe (UT West Mall Station)
-16th & Guadalupe (Museum Station)
-12th & Guadalupe (Capitol Station)
-8th & Guadalupe (Austin History Center Station)
-4th & Guadalupe (Republic Square Station)
-Guadalupe & Cesar Chavez (Transit Stop)
-Barton Springs & W Riverside (Barton Springs Stop)
-0.2 miles walk to Congress bridge/Statesman parking lot (about 5 min)

4. 3 (Manchaca)
-Koenig & Burnet (Allandale Station)
-North Loop & Burnet (North Loop Station)
-Burnet & 49th, 47th, 45th
-Medical Parkway & 43rd, 42nd, 40th, 39th, 38th
-West & 38th (West 38th Station)
-Guadalupe & 34th, 31st, 30th
-Guadalupe & 29th, 27th (UT Dean Keeton Station), 26th, 24th, 23rd (UT West Mall Station)
-Guadalupe & 21st, 16th (Museum Station), 12th (Capitol Station)
-Guadalupe & 8th (Austin History Center Station), 4th (Republic Square Station)
-Barton Springs & W Riverside (Barton Springs Stop)
-0.2 miles walk to Congress bridge/Statesman parking lot (about 5 min)

5. 20 (Manor/Riverside)
-Riverside & Willow Creek
-Riverside & Town Creek
-Riverside & Arena
-1600 Riverside & Summit
-1000 E Riverside & Travis Heights
-150 Riverside & Newning
-Riverside & S 1st St. (Auditorium Shores Station)
-0.23 mile walk to location

6. 7 (Duval Springs)
-2201 Burton & Oltorf
-1801 Burton & Woodland
-Burton & Riverside
-Riverside & Town Creek
-Riverside & Arena
-1600 Riverside & Summit
-1000 E Riverside & Travis Heights
-150 Riverside & Newning
-Riverside & S 1st St. (Auditorium Shores Station)
-0.23 mile walk to location

7. 19 (Bull Creek)
-Guadalupe & 29th, 27th (UT Dean Keeton Station), 26th, 24th, 23rd (UT West Mall Station)
-Guadalupe & 21st, 16th (Museum Station), 12th (Capitol Station)
-Guadalupe & 8th (Austin History Center Station), 4th (Republic Square Station)
-4th & Guadalupe (Republic Square Station)
-Walk towards Congress bridge/Statesman parking lot (about 8 blocks)

Pedicabs and Taxi Cabs will be cued up after the fest to get you home safely. Here is a list of alternate ways to get around Austin provided by our friends at Do512.

If we missed your question feel free to email us at [email protected]

Kehlani – 24/7 [New Single]


The Bay-area R&B queen has made her return with her new track “24/7.’ Roughly a year ago Kehlani released her Grammy-nominated mixtape You Should Be Here followed by wild success & sold-out tours across the country & the release of many features & collaborations with some of the industry’s biggest names. Earlier this year, Kehlani faced a very public battle with personal issues going on in her life & “24/7” provides a strong message reminding people “it’s okay to not be okay” reminding us all that everyone is human, we aren’t all perfect & that it is possible to fight through your personal demons & bad days. Check out the track below.

JMBLYA Presents: Kevin Gates


Straight out of Baton Rouge, Kevin Gates first started rapping in 2005 when he met fellow Louisiana natives Webbie and Lil Boosie. Gates would then make his debut in 2007 with his mixtape Pick of da Litter, and release other projects titled All In and I Don’t Know What to Call It, Vol. 1 over the next few years. Gates then received national attention in 2008 when he was on a song titled “Get in the Way” with Lil Boosie. Soon after the song was released, Gates and Boosie would both be incarcerated in separate cases.

In a personal interview with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Gates said, “I received my Masters in Psychology in prison. I got my ACT in prison. I did all of that in jail.” As for how much time he actually spent locked up, he says, “That’s a lot of years, I been in and out since a child. This is the culture of Louisiana. They have more people locked up in the state of Louisiana than any other country in the world. It’s very poverty-stricken. So being in and out jail is a way of life for most poverty-stricken individuals. I don’t wanna say young black males, so I’ll just say young males. But the majority is like 99% black, overcrowded prison systems.”

After his release in 2011, Gates spent many years on the mixtape circuit. In 2013, everything changed quickly when Gates dropped the popular The Luca Brasi Story mixtape. Even though, the success of Gates’ music had been slowly gaining traction, and he was already a cult phenomenon in Louisiana, the release of Luca Brasi Story would turn him into a hip-hop critical darling. In 2013, Gates signed a major label deal with Atlantic Records.

Gates would now move on to completing his contract with the indie imprint Breadwinners Association by also releasing Stranger Than Fiction in 2013. The album debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 chart with features from stars like Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Starlito. He followed up a successful year by releasing a project in 2014 titled By Any Means, a free album that debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200.

In 2015 Gates released a song titled “Kno One,” which was included on Gates’ debut studio album, Islah, later released January 29 this year. The album was inspired by his daughter, whose name is Islah, a word that mean “to make better.”

Listen to some of Kevin Gates’ material below before you head out to see him shut down JMBLYA 2016. Get your tickets here.

JMBLYA Presents: Kehlani


To paraphrase the intro of Kehlani’s 2015 smash mixtape You Should Be Here, this Grammy-nominated artist has been through more than some will in their entire lives “all before the age of being able to buy a f**king drink at a bar.” When you hear the talented singer/songwriter’s lyrics and see her perform, you can easily forget that she’s only 20 years old. She’s been on the rise for the past couple of years, thanks to hits like “FWU,” “The Way,” and “Alive,” and her work with artists like KYLE, G-Eazy, and Pusha T. Her sultry R&B sound, take-nothing-from-no-one attitude, and even her energetic dance moves have been key to helping her take the music scene by storm.

Hailing from Oakland, California, Kehlani got her first taste of stardom when she appeared on America’s Got Talent with the band PopLyfe while she was still in high school. After leaving the band, she released her first mixtape Cloud 19 in 2014, which achieved critical success and even landed on Complex’s Best Albums of 2014 list, even though it only had 8 tracks. Cloud 19 set Kehlani up to be the next big thing to come out of the Bay — incorporating her Oakland style and even featuring fellow HBK Gang member Iamsu!

In April 2015, Kehlani dropped her highly anticipated second mixtape You Should Be Here, which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums and included features from JMBLYA alum Chance the Rapper and BJ the Chicago Kid. YSBH scored Kehlani her first Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

There’s a reason Kehlani’s You Should Be Here tour sold out almost every show. Kehlani started out as a dancer and can still move circles around most other performers out right now. Her DJ Noodles wakes the crowd up and Kehlani and her squad, consisting of her best friends, put on a sexy and energetic performance. Kehlani’s loyal fans, dubbed the Tsunami Mob, pack the house when she comes to town because they know Kehlani will connect with them and inspire them. Don’t be fooled by her tough, tatted exterior; she’s been through struggle and pain and she’s not afraid to break it down and tell her audience what she’s been through and more importantly, that it gets better.

Get familiar with Kehlani’s music before you see her turn JMBLYA all the way up by listening below. Also follow her on Snapchat @kehlanitsunami. Trust us.

JMBLYA Presents: Jazz Cartier


Jazz Cartier, also known as Jacuzzi La Fleur, is an artist from Toronto that is soon to become one of your favorite poets. Listening to Jazz Cartier is a journey with him as he explores love, lost, solitude, frustrations and other built up emotions.

Jazz Cartier is the stage name of Jaye Adams, and though he is a native of Toronto, he has lived in the United States, Barbados and Kuwait. He credits the different music styles he was exposed to in these locations as all having an influence on his own style as a hip-hop artist. After being accepted into an art program at Columbia College in Chicago, Cartier went against his mother’s wishes and moved back to Toronto to work on music instead. Back in Toronto, Cartier began working with longtime friend and producer Lantz.  

His track “Switch” was regularly played at Toronto Raptors games by team DJ 4Korners and at a Toronto Red Bull Sound Select show in March 2015 he was introduced by celebrity rapper Kardinal Offishall. But it wasn’t until releasing his mixtape Marauding in Paradise in April 2015 that he caught the media’s attention.

Cartier tells Billboard “I’ve been doing this since I was 14. I’ve been practicing in front of the mirror years before my first show. I still practice in front of the mirror. I still get nervous. I’m still a kid on the inside. Like when I hit that stage, that’s what I worked for. All those nights where I was stressing out about shit not happening, I don’t think about that now because look at where we’re at.”

Recently Cartier dropped his project Hotel Paranoia. Singles “Stick and Move” and “Tales” premiered on Drake’s Beats 1 Radio Show, OVO Sound.  With so many different artists emerging out of Toronto, Cartier is remarkably different. Go check out his music before you catch him perform live at this year’s JMBLYA. 

Get your tickets here.

JMBLYA Presents: Keith Ape

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Expect the unexpected with this guy. Keith Ape is showing us that hip-hop and rap has no boundaries. Hailing from the growing hip-hop community out of Seoul, South Korea, he got his U.S. break with his single “ ???” (“It G Ma”). Although it sounds similar to OG Maco’s “U Guessed It,” Ape puts a Korean-trap flavor to it, featuring other Asian hip-hop rappers: JayAllDay, Loota, Okasian and Kohh. He would later remix the song with American rappers A$AP Ferg, Father, Dumbfounded and Waka Flocka Flame. If you’re wondering what “It G Ma” means it’s a slang term that Ape and his crew, The Cohort Crew, use amongst each other that means “never forget.” It’s the English equivalent to “hey what’s good.”

Born Dongheon Lee, he grew up in Bundang, a slow suburb about an hour from Seoul. At the age of 17, he dropped out of high school and under the name Kid Ash had no other plans but to make music. “I wasn’t doing bad things like smoking cigarettes, riding motorcycles, jacking people’s money,” he tells Complex in an interview. “But I was a problem child.”

He began uploading music to Soundcloud and making videos, but wasn’t too successful. Eventually in 2012, Cohort Crew rapper Okasian was listening to a producer’s beat tape and stumbled upon a track that had Keith’s vocals. “I hit the producer up, like, ‘Who’s this guy?’” Okasian said in a Complex interview. “It was his voice, his flow, his lingo, his accent. He raps like a language. I definitely saw huge potential that’s different from other rappers.”

The song that changed Keith’s life forever wasn’t intended to be an international hit. The Cohort Crew had been vibing to OG Maco’s “You Guessed It” and wanted to make something similar. Cohort member JayAllDay, who lived in Japan for several years got Japanese rappers Kohh and Loota to join him, Keith and Okasian on the track, making it a dope Korean-Japanese collaboration. Producer Junior Chef cooked up the trap beat. “It G Ma” only contains a handful of English phrases, but they are made to grab your attention. The song’s catchy, nonsensical hooks and aggressive trap sound made it popular, and many listeners posted enthusiastic reactions on Vine and YouTube. Keith Ape and The Cohort Crew have been on nearly everyone’s radar since January 2015. Ape is reportedly working day and night on perfecting his craft. He is also working on a collaborative EP with CXSHXNLY produced by Southside of 808 Mafia.

Keith continues to put out his music on Soundcloud. He has been working with many other underground rappers like Robb Bank$, Ken Rebel, Denzel Curry — the list goes on. Be sure to check out all of Keith Ape’s music, old and new and prepare yourself for a dope live show at this year’s JMBLYA. “It G Ma!” (Never Forget!).

Get your tickets here.


JMBLYA Presents: Noodles


Cali DJ Noodles is blowing up, and her tasty mixes are sure to turn up the crowd at this year’s JMBLYA. This 23-year-old has an incredible music taste that makes for the some of the dopest mixes you’ll ever hear live.

Noodles was born in San Francisco, California, as Micah Mahinay. Mahinay took her first steps into the music scene by sneaking into nightclubs as a 16-year-old. She later learned how to mix on vinyl records after repairing her father’s old turntables, who was a DJ in the ‘80s. As a teen, Noodles would spend hours dedicated to mixing.

In 2014, she was approached by R&B singer Kehlani, and the two became close friends. Noodles became Kehlani’s touring DJ, and together the two have hosted parties and events across the US. One of their collaborative efforts “Dethirsterate” was a mix presented by HYPTRAK. Her tracks “SOBA” and “Lo-Mein” showcase her talent of fusing R&B, hip-hop and electronic sounds. Check out her mixes and get on the TSNMI wave as her and Kehani shake up this year’s JMBLYA.

Get your tickets to JMBLYA here.