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Sixteen local North Texas young adults, ages 14-19, have been named finalists for the Start the Journey Youth Voice Competition by the Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival. The Start the Journey finalists were chosen by a special committee including faculty and representatives of the Music Industry Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. At 2 pm this Sunday, Oct. 3, the specially selected finalists will advance to the Start the Journey competition performance at Arlington Music Hall, the same stage where many legendary artists like Maren Morris and Leann Rimes have kickstarted their music careers.  The public is invited to this free event and no tickets are required to attend the performance.

The Start the Journey Youth Voice Competition finalists are:

Amy Hoemke, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Grand Prairie ISD

Anyssa McDonald, Summit High School, Mansfield ISD

Camille Breitenstein, Martin High School, Arlington ISD

Dylan Dalton, Martin High School, Arlington ISD

Emylie Althoff, Haltom High School, Birdville ISD

Erica Fulbright, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Ilanna Feldman, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Julia Suazo, Haltom High School, Birdville ISD

Kiara Mullin, Martin High School, Arlington ISD

Landon Hodges, The Oakridge School, Arlington, Texas

Lucan Lopez, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Mallory Rose Gomez, Lamar High School, Arlington ISD

Miki Hooper, Keller High School, Keller ISD

Riley Gilbreath, North Crowley High School, Crowley ISD

Ruby Cox, Benbrook Middle School, Fort Worth ISD

Sanjna Kalisetty, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Finalists are competing for the title of Best Vocalist in each of the four teams as well as a Fan Favorite, chosen by the audience. One winner will be selected from each group and receive $250. The overall Grand Prize Winner will also receive $500. In addition to the cash prize, each winner will receive a recording session at The Cove Studios, a professional recording studio, and an opportunity to perform live as part of an opening act at the Levitt Pavilion Arlington. 

The “Start the Journey” Youth Voice Competition is part of the 2021 Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival, a celebration of all the diverse music, people, and memories that come together for the best American road trip. Debuting October 1 - 3, 2021 in Arlington, a designated State of Texas Music Friendly Community, attendees will enjoy an eclectic mix of live music throughout the three-day festival featuring Levitt Pavilion, Arlington Music Hall, Texas Live!, and 15+ venues and various hosted events including Jazz in the Park, Urban Artisan Market, “Start the Journey” Youth Voice Competition, Classic Car Show and Sunday Gospel Brunch. Founded and coordinated by the Downtown Arlington organization, Ramblin’ Roads is created through the collaboration of the community and its many businesses that make up Downtown Arlington. This year’s schedule is available on the festival’s website,   


Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival 2021


Friday, October 1 - October 3, 2021



Saturday, Oct. 2

?      Classic Car Show, 11 am - 4 pm at Front and Center Street, FREE

Sunday, Oct. 3

?      Sunday Gospel Brunch with The Franklin Imagine Group, 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm at The Sanford House, Additional $100 ticket

?      “Start the Journey” Youth Voice Competition, 2 pm - 4:30 pm at Arlington Music Hall, FREE

?      Urban Artisan Market, noon - 5 pm at Legal Draft Beer Co., FREE

?      Jazz in the Park at Levitt Pavilion, All Passholders



60+ music acts from nationally recognized artists to local talent including:

Friday, Oct. 1

Bobby Pulido With Monica Saldivar • Mike Ryan With Wynn Williams • Devin Leigh • Velvet Love Box • The Texas Cartel • Brandon Steadman Band • Estacado • Billy Star • Sunny Disposition • Mutha Falcon • Cherry Mantis • Shailaun • Able Delilah • Dtb • Flight By Nothing • Mike Freiley • Lava Bomb • Patrick Pombuena • Jesse Jennings

Saturday, Oct. 2

Chromeo • William Clark Green With Shaker Hymns & Jesse Stratton • Jamestown Revival • September Moon • Tamara King Band • Wild Fire • Lance Battalion • Damoyee • Jackie Minton • Taylor Young Band • John Hale • 2:14 • Aaron Cooper Duo • Window Seat • The Martin Brothers • Electric Tongues • Smoking With Strangers • Legacy 4 • Artemis Funk • Igimeji • Jimmy Barcus •  Patrick Pombuena’s Community Orchestra • Acoustic Sound Hounds • Tyler Rougeaux • Joseph Laws • Wade Johnson • Skip Pulley

Sunday, Oct. 3

La Sonora Dinamita With Grupo Control & Grupo Ferozz • Dan Cavanagh Quartet Featuring Grammy Nominee Remy Le Boeuf • Shaun Martin Trio • Big Ass Brass Band • Tatiana “Ladymay” Mayfield • Don Pendley • Jesse Spradlin • Blake Dagley • Uta Jazz • Aaron Cooper Duo • Pinebox Serenade • Holly And The Mystery Lights • Phil Hollie • Watusi • Artboyp • Brad Fielder • Prettyklawz • Lemonade Stand • Melon Soda • Tanner Fenoglio


Throughout multiple downtown Arlington Texas venues featuring the Levitt Pavilion, Arlington Music Hall and Texas Live! Other venues include: Cartel Taco Bar • Create Arlington • Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social House • Growl Records • Inclusion Coffee • J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill • Legal Draft Beer Company • Maverick’s Sports Grill • Old School Pizza Tavern • Hurtado Barbecue • On Tap • Hooligan's Pub • Hershey's Palace • 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge • Arlington Music Hall Listening Room • Urban Alchemy • Catalyst Creative Arts


Tickets for single events, full-day passes and an all-inclusive all weekend pass range from $45-$250.


Visit to purchase tickets and learn more about Ramblin’ Roads.




About Downtown Arlington

The Downtown Arlington Management Corporation is a private, non-profit community development organization whose purpose is to forge alliances between property owners, business interests, residents and the City of Arlington to improve and enhance the economic vitality and overall environment of Downtown Arlington. Professionally staffed and governed by a Board of Directors composed of a cross section of stakeholders and community partners, the 501(c)(3) manages services and operations in Downtown Arlington while promoting economic stability, growth and community life within this unique neighborhood including the Arlington Cultural Arts District, designated by the State of Texas in 2016. Visit to discover the businesses, events and activities in Downtown Arlington.

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