Paul Wall and Slim Thug Join 2nd Annual Springboard South Music Festival in Houston

AllHipHop Staff

(AllHipHop News) As the summer time rolls around and concerts and festivals begin to churn out line-ups, the Lone-Star State's Springboard South Music Festival (SSMF) has announced its 2nd Annual line up .

With official plans slated to kick off on Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd at the Warehouse Live in Houston, TX.

For the festival's opening night, hometown Grammy-nominated Paul Wall and fan favorite Slim Thug will perform representing the urban music side of the festival.

Independent artists on the bill include Elle Gie, Miss Myi and Soulfruit, while more artists will be announced soon filling out a lineup that is slated to include Pop, Rock, Country, Latin, Singer-Songwriter, Metal, Gospel and Jazz genres.

With more than 90 shows from 54 artists on three stages, SSMF looks to provide the general public with live music while mentoring and educating the next great generation of independent artists by launching them to the next level.

In addition, SSMF choose 26 official Springboard South artists chosen to one-on-one mentoring sessions geared to accelerate the talent.

The chosen artists will also be given the opportunity to present music to a panel of music supervisors in "emerging artists" and "young performer" slots to help build the Springboard South artists of the future.

The festival also plans to present the panels with one-on-one sessions on Thursday, June 20, as local music business mentors are scheduled to provide individualized advice to artists.

Legal experts Al Staehely and Ricky Anderson; social media pioneers Nancy Byron and Madalyn Sklar; music licensing professional Barry Coffing; producer Preston Middleton; and publicist, Ami Blackwell are all part of more than 20 music business experts that will be sharing advice on how to develop a career.

"We are very excited about the second installment of Springboard South where we will be showcasing an incredibly diverse group of artists in almost every genre," stated Barry Coffing, founder and creator. "We are featuring great local talent as well as other independent artists from the south who will be sharing the stage with well-known artists to create an event that should be nothing short of amazing. I can't thank all of the music business professionals and headlining artists enough for donating their time and wisdom to help this next generation of great artists."

This year's activities will also serve as the launch of the festival's non-profit initiative Sustainable Artists. Created to help artists achieve a balance between artistic focus and economic reality, this organization will empower artists by increasing their education, networking and business skills in order for them, and the art they create, to be self-sufficient.

To achieve their goals, Sustainable Artists will assemble and utilize resources from government agencies, business professionals, other non-profit organizations and educational Institutions.

Additional organizations include, Fireseeds, Houston's Voice, We Get Music, UTN - The Urban Television Network and Bose Corporation's Live Music Team.

General Admission tickets for the Springboard South Music Festival are $24.95 and are available now online through Front Gate Tickets by visiting