Cleveland’s music scene is growing, with numerous bands calling the City with Spirit their home. In an effort to showcase this talent while also giving the community a unique event to attend, Randy …
Cleveland’s music scene is growing, with numerous bands calling the City with Spirit their home. In an effort to showcase this talent while also giving the community a unique event to attend, Randy and Maureen Pettigrew are hosting a five-band concert called Music at the Mill at the Old Woolen Mill on March 16.
The Pettigrews are serving as promoters for musical events at the mill property through their company, On-Point Productions, and have been working with retired surgeon Dr. Ron Coleman to prep for their first big show, Music at the Mill.
“The property we’re using is just so unique. It’s not a coffee shop or a bar. We want it to attract a massive crowd, because it can certainly hold large numbers,” Randy said.
The couple formed On-Point Productions to increase awareness of the vast stores of talent in Cleveland. If Music at the Mill performs well, they plan to host a show in April, another in May, and if these two do well, plan to continue into the summer.
Randy initially told his wife he believed they needed a high school band as show headliners, and would be happy to attract 60 attendants. Since the announcement of Music at the Mill, however, Randy says there has been a mass outpouring of support from the music community, and he has high hopes for a large turnout.
The event features five different bands, including three young, up-and-coming bands followed by two established ones. The three younger bands include Zoo Culture, University Parking Space and Guitar Fight from Fooly Cooly. The veteran bands are Share the Road and Slicksilver.
The bands are showcasing a wide variety of musical genres, including punk, rock and alternative.
“This wasn’t planned as such a big event right off the bat. My son, who’s in the band at Walker Valley, has several friends who are musicians or are in bands, and they are often playing house shows,” Randy said. “You may get 60 people at a house show, but it doesn’t give the younger bands the opportunity to perform on a big stage in front of a large crowd.”
Randy is originally from Missouri, while Maureen is from the Northeast, and the couple hopes to improve the quality of life for the city through music. They are the primary workers for the event, but state that several other people have come on board recently. These include Yattie Westfield, a local musician who helps troubled teens overcome issues through music, and Josh Wagner, who will be running sound.
“We will allow some cover music, but we’re trying to keep the songs at least 60 percent original to those bands,” Randy said.
When not planning events, Randy acts as a consultant for companies in financial trouble.
While this first concert will be rock/indie rock/alternative, the two concerts On-Point is hosting on April 27 and May 25 will be blues and then southern rock and country, respectively. The blues concert also occurs the same day as the Mainstreet Cruise-In, and Randy says this is the perfect storm of activities for visitors to the area, who can enjoy the cruise-in during the day, then head to the concert that evening.
Music at the Mill will feature three different food trucks for hungry concert-goers, and is also offering spaces for local artists to sell their wares.
“This industrial setting with an underground type of feel — it’s not refined, it’s actually kind of rough — is such a cool location for this event, and I think our guests will love it,” Randy said.
He cited the overall economic impact that such a far-reaching concert will have on Cleveland, as numerous tourists are expected to visit for the event, along with countless locals. These visitors will no doubt eat at local restaurants and potentially stay in local hotels, thereby prolonging their exposure to Cleveland and its offerings.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase Cleveland, and we’ve got people expressing interest from Nashville, Birmingham, and we even had a band from Los Angeles interested in performing with us. There’s nothing like this in other cities, and we hope everyone comes out and brings their friends,” Randy added.
Despite its numerous offerings, a ticket to Music at the Mill only costs $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door on March 16. The event is B.Y.O.C., meaning bring your own chair. Doors open at 5 p.m. with music starting immediately and running until 10 p.m. The Old Woolen Mill is located at 445 Church Street.
For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page under “Music at the Mill,” or its Instagram under “MusicAtTheMillTN.” To learn more about On-Point Productions, go to its website www.on-pointproduction.com.
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