Cleveland Chamber hosts first MusicFest


Published 3:20 pm, Friday, October 27, 2017

The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce has hosted its first annual Cleveland MusicFest on Oct. 21, introducing a wide variety of music to local citizens.

Hosted at the Stancil Park Expo Center and the Cleveland Civic Center, the Cleveland MusicFest provided a variety of bands in different genres for the public to enjoy.

Bands included Two Tons of Steel, Zac Wilkerson, Pushwater, Mark May, Zach Aaron, the Lime Traders, Shayne Porter and Herbie Stutes and the Grand Shin Band.


Jazz bands from Cleveland High School, Tarkington High School, Splendora High School and Shepherd High School entertained crowds inside of the Cleveland Civic Center while the named bands were staged out in the Expo Center arena. Vendors also provided their products for visitors to the Cleveland MusicFest.

The event endured a spout of rain early in its running. According to Chamber COO Jim Carson, the event did not quite have a strong turnout in its first few hours.

“It’s been kind of slow,” he said on the evening of Oct. 21. “It just goes in spurts.”

While the event had a slow beginning, Carson says the vendors made a great turnout and seem to have benefitted from the Cleveland MusicFest.

“We had about 10 food vendors and about 19 craft vendors,” he said.

Carson says other factors may have played a part in the slow turnout, such as the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and competing events in other areas, such as the Fire and Ice Festival in New Caney, Trinity Valley Exposition’s Rodeo and Fair in Liberty, the Wolf Creek Car Show in Coldspring and a music festival in Conroe.

Carson says regardless of the modest turnout the event still benefits the Chamber for future planning of similar events.

“It’s the first year,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot from it.”

The Chamber is expected to have a follow-up meeting to discuss next year’s MusicFest. Carson says many of the elements in this year’s event proved to be successful such as the Chamber Dollars, which allowed visitors to use with vendors as another form of currency.

“They didn’t have to worry about credit cards or anything else,” said Carson.

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