State Representative Dawnna Dukes
State Representative
Dawnna Dukes

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State Representative Dawnna Dukes, Austin Area Urban League and 96.3RnB invite you to attend the 17th Annual African American Community Heritage Festival (AACHF), on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Last year's festivities were highly successful with over 60 vendors, nearly 3,000 in attendance and fundraising efforts that have accumulatively granted over $220,000.00 to the Huston-Tillotson University Scholarship Fund and local non-profits!

We extend special thanks to our generous sponsors, hard-working volunteers and service providers, without whom this wonderful event could not have been possible.

Our 17th annual festival, scheduled on Saturday, February 27th, will again be held on the beautiful grounds of Huston Tillotson University, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Huston-Tillotson is located at 900 East Chicon Street in central east Austin. With a purposeful objective to raise scholarship funds for Huston-Tillotson University, Texas' oldest Historical Black College, AACHF offers a family-friendly extravaganza filled with games and vendors; providing a Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, safety demonstrations, arts & crafts, home décor, books, clothing, jewelry, storytelling, health, vision and dental screenings and insurance outreach coupled with dance, giveaway prizes and a live entertainment mix to satisfy varying musical tastes.

Back by popular demand, grammy award winning and multiplatinum R&B artist, Howard Hewett and his son, the talented Chris Hayzel will headline this year's festival. Voted in the top ten best R&B Male singers of all times in 2014, Howard Hewett is amongst great artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Eddie LeVert and many other greats in delivering a performance not likely to be forgotten.




Howard Hewett is one of the most talented soul singers of the past two decades. In group settings, as a guest vocalist and as a solo singer, Hewett's virtually irresistible voice has wrapped itself around material of various quality - turning good songs into great records and doing his best to save some of the lesser material with which he has sometimes been saddled as a solo artist.

Raised in Akron, Ohio, Hewett moved to Los Angeles and, after a period as a dancer on Soul Train, became a member of Shalamar, the centerpiece of Dick Griffey's SOLAR (Sound of Los Angeles) label. His mellifluous tenor voice mixed beautifully with the bright vocals of Jody Watley and the writing and production of Leon Sylvers III, resulting in such top hits as "The Second Time Around," "Full of Fire," "Dead Giveaway" and "A Night to Remember," as well as a number of underappreciated ballads, such as "You Can Count On Me" and "You're the One for Me".

When the most popular lineup of Shalamar broke up in the mid 80s, it was anticipated that Hewett would transition to a monster solo career. He came out of the box strong, signing with Elektra and recording I Commit to Love, a relatively solid urban album that yielded two Soul hits, "I'm For Real" and "Stay." The album also included perhaps his finest solo moment, a glorious Hewett composition called "Say Amen," the first of several gospel numbers (typically one per album) that he would include with his otherwise secular work. However, while an excellent song stylist, Hewett was not always blessed with the best material, and he was often unable to rescue his albums. An exception was his 1990 self-titled album, which included his biggest solo hit ("Show Me"), another wonderful gospel number ("Jesus"), and a number of solid compositions. More typical was 1992's Allegiance, which featured the wonderful AC ballad "How Fast Forever Goes" (as good a song as was released by any artist that year and a reminder of how Hewett could transform the right material), but had as many misses and hits. Uneven song quality has dogged most of Hewett's solo career, leaving him with many fans who still await the definitive Howard Hewett album.


State Representative Dawnna Dukes - District 46

State Representative Dawnna Dukes - District 46 Rep. Dawnna Dukes
District 46

Huston-Tillotson University Huston Tillotson


Austin Area Urban League



After 1995's It's Time, Hewett stopped recording solo, spending much of his time providing wonderful guest vocals on albums by jazz artists such as Joe Sample, Brian Culbertson, George Duke and Everett Harp and on several gospel albums. Then in 2001, he recorded his first all gospel album, The Journey, on Sony, followed a year later by The Journey Live: From the Heart. It was six years before his long-awaited R&B return on the nice album, If Only.

In February 2014, Hewett broke another recording silence with the single "You Still Live Inside of Me," an excellent song that combined elements of both country and soul. A new album is expected later in the year.  By Chris Rizik

August 2014, Hewett released his newest single, Better Guy which was written in collaboration in Steven Russell Hart of Troop.

Editor's Choice videos: Two in the Morning by Hulon ft. Howard Hewett; It's That Real R&B ft. Howard Hewett & his niece Tene Williams; Can U Feel Me; Crystal Clear w/Howard Hewett ft. Cherrelle

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Again, gracing the stage of the Festival will be up & coming Indie artist, the mega-talented Chris Hayzel, a soulful Indigo artist. Chris is unbelievably talented, but then what would you expect when your parents are Howard Hewett & Nia Peeples.

Chris Hayzel specializes in creating a full band sound and feel ...without a band. Armed with nothing more than a guitar, a bass, and a couple of key electronics, this musical mastermind offers an intriguing live experience and a new approach to the world of "looping", building each song piece by piece right before the audience's eyes. Upon experiencing his loop-infused one-man-band act spectators can expect to be whisked upon a musical journey and left with their minds blown.



-We are expecting another day filled with food, fun and excitement in 2015.

We welcome you to join us.