Chamber spins out a new idea for a community festival
by Courtney Warren
Mar 11, 2014 | 947 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lisa Cooley, Team Cleveland–Main Street Manager at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, recently asked the Cleveland Board of Aldermen to approve a Record Store Day Festival.

"We found out about Record Festival Day randomly while a group of us were having lunch on Saturday. Someone brought up that there was a National Record Day and from there we started talking about how neat it would be to celebrate by setting up record players downtown and allowing people to bring their records.  We discussed the option of grouping types of music so that people who shared similar tastes in music could trade records and listen to some of their favorite bands (i.e. Beatles area, Rolling Stones area, etc). Right now we are very, very early in the planning process but we hope to have the details worked out soon," said Cooley.

National Record Story Day is April 19, the same day as the Easter Egg hunt in downtown Cleveland and the chamber plans to create a one of a kind festival allowing patrons to bring their own records and record players to the downtown area to listen to music.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,000 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

However, as far as Cooley knows, this festival will be the first of its kind.

"This event would be beneficial for downtown because it brings people to downtown Cleveland. As far as we know, this would be the first event of its kind in the country. We feel like it could draw a lot of publicity because of that. With the addition of the Grammy Museum, we really want to work to add more unique music festivals in our community," she added.