SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022
4 PM – 10 PM 

2022 Uptown Music Festival  

Artist Lineup

Kim Waters

Kim Waters

Saxophonist Kim Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. This formula has catapulted him to the top of the charts time and time again and has made him one of the biggest selling saxophonist to date.

Nathan Mitchell

Nathan Mitchell

The passion and essence of Nathan's music has penned his name in the hearts of fans worldwide . This BILLBOARD vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist is known best for his showmanship, unique talent, enthusiastic energy, and funk as a collaborator with GRAMMY winning, nominated, and BILLBOARD artists.

Jose Valentino

Jose Valentino

For nearly two decades, José Valentino has managed an exhilarating, versatile, and cutting-edge career as he has redefined the concept of a music entrepreneur and is one of the world's sought-after performers as he gives high-energy performances in the styles of jazz, Latin jazz, funk/fusion, pop, R&B, world music, and singer-songwriter.

Althea Rene

Althea Rene

Born on December 25th in Detroit, Michigan Althea René began her musical journey at the tender age four-year-old. She studied classical music while attending Howard University. For more than 10 years she worked as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (in Detroit, Michigan) during the day and performed in jazz clubs at night. Today, she is a full-time performing and recording artist.

Jazmin Ghent

Jazmin Ghent is one of the hottest national smooth jazz and gospel recording artists today. She was voted "2017's BEST NEW SMOOTH JAZZ ARTIST" and was awarded the prestigious "2019 NAACP IMAGE AWARD" for Outstanding Jazz Album "The Story of Jaz." Jazmin has 3 Billboard topping singles: "Work Wit It," “Heat” and “Compared to What."

Tim George

Tim George

Our Music Director, Tim George was raised in Manhattan, KS where he began playing age 6 and was always drawn to the sound of the bass. Some of the artists that he has performed with : Ray Charles, Bobby Caldwell, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Kim Waters, Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Paul Taylor & Peter White.


The Uptown Music Festival is a community focused fundraiser benefiting the University Area CDC. Our 2nd annual festival continues to encourage visitation to the University Area and to be a conduit for co-branding the University Area and the Uptown District, while simultaneously raising much needed support for the
University Area CDC.

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The Uptown Music Festival was created to bring the Uptown District of Tampa, FL together to highlight the rich culture of the area through music. This one-day event will draw Tampa residents and surrounding cities to the Uptown District for a day of music and art to benefit the programs and services of University Area CDC. With over 20,000 residents living in unincorporated Hillsborough County, and major institutions such as the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Advent Health, and Uptown Mall (University Mall) the festival is quickly becoming one of the premier cultural events in the area.

This outdoor event, held in the beautiful University Area Park     14013 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613 will be a fun and relaxing evening for the whole family to enjoy. Reserved seating and General Admission available.

Children 12 and under admitted free in General Admission with a paid adult admission. General Admission is lawn seating, so bring your outdoor chairs and blankets to enjoy a great music and art celebration.

Do you need a platform to showcase your services
and/or merchandise to the Uptown district?
Look no further! You might be interested in becoming a vendor at the University Area CDC's Uptown Music Festival!

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The Uptown Music Festival has several ways for your business to become involved in our mission. Please download our information packet to choose your level of sponsorship.


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The Uptown Music Festival will have a limited number of vendor opportunities available. It is our intent to provide our audience with a variety of quality merchandise vendors to be a part of the Uptown Music Festival.

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Visual Artists

As part of the Uptown Music Festival it is our desire to create a space where artist will have the opportunity to display and sell original art during the festival. We have limited this opportunity to 3-4 exceptional high-caliber artists. MORE INFO

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If you would like to volunteer with us at out festival, we would love to have you! Volunteers mest be approved by us prior to the festival so please click on the link below and fill out our Volunteer form.
Click Here to Volunteer!


               OUR RESPONSE



General admission tickets are $25. 
Open Lawn Seating (Lawn Chairs & Blankets Allowed)

VIP tickets are $50 and include:
Reserved Seating, Artist Meet & Greet, 1 Drink Ticket.

- Private entry to reserved seating area experience
- Meet and greet with the headlining artists
- Drink ticket 

- Lawn/beach chairs (we strongly encourage general admission to bring your own lawn/beach chairs, as the event will be on the University Park lawn )
- Blankets
- Ponchos
- Bug spray
- Phones for capturing memories (our social media hashtag is #UptownMusicFestival)
- Friends and family
- I.D. tags for small children

- Any outside food or beverages
- Pepper spray/tasers
- Weapons of any kind
- Solicitation or vending that is unauthorized
- All pets except for registered service animals
- Umbrellas
- Firearms, unless otherwise permitted by Florida Statute, Chapter 790 (2011)
- Glass containers or bottles

- Children 12 and under do not require a ticket.
- For children 13+, a ticket is required.
- We also have a KIDS ZONE
This family-friendly space on the lawn is the picture-perfect place to lay out a blanket and let the kids run and play. Kids Zone will also feature Prodigy Moves, arts and crafts, and live performance activities. Children 12 and under admitted free in General Admission with a paid adult admission. 

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For more information on becoming a vendor please contact Jaaree Ervin at or 813.558.5212 x 210
Artist and Merchandise Vendors: CLICK HERE to apply

For more information on becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE or contact Jaree Ervin at or 813.558.5212 x 210

All sales are final unless the show is cancelled. At that point, refunds will be issued.

CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer

CLICK HERE to see the parking layout

For media credentials and photography passes, please contact Hampton Allen at: Please reference Uptown Music Festival.

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Our Mission

For over 20 years, University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) has championed positive change in the economic, educational and social levels of the community through youth programs, adult education, affordable housing, workforce and resource assistance, and community engagement. The University Area CDC is a 501(c)3 public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention and commerce growth.
Our primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. For more information please visit us at


We are happy to answer any questions you may have!


14013 N 22nd St.
Tampa, FL 33613

Phone: +1 (813) 558-5212
Fax: +1 (813) 558-5218


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