JMBLYA Houston 2018

Sunday May 6th saw the return of JMBLYA Music Festival to Houston. The event has made annual appearances in Austin and Dallas, but hadn’t been to Houston for five years. Held at Sam Houston Race Park, JMBLYA presented a star-studded lineup including Migos and J. Cole, as well as local legends Bun B and Trae Tha Truth.


Even after some hiccups prior to the festival, Cardi B’s cancellation and T.I.’s replacement of Kevin Gates just days before the event kicked off, the atmosphere was great. Eager fans rushed through the gates to be at the front of the stages, and all day people were dancing at taking pictures.

As the sun faded, the crowds amassed in front of the stages awaiting the hip-hop trio of Migos. The DJ took the stage, hyping up the fans for the performance, and the crowd responded accordingly, jumping up and down in anticipation. The trio took the stage and immediately flew through hits, topping it off with Bad and Boujee, their top rated hit single.

After Migos left the stage, the mass of fans headed over toward the second stage for headliner J. Cole. Cole’s set was backed with a full band and provided a break from the party anthems that filled the day. As the crowd chanted his name, Cole powered through tracks from his new album, admitting he was “still learning the words” and shouted out Houston’s Warehouse Live as the site of one of his first ever sold out shows.

The curtain fell on JMBLYA Houston just after 10PM, capping off a day of upbeat performances and lively atmosphere. Ultimately, it was a great way for the festival to make its return to Houston.

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