After agonizing through a seemingly never-ending

14 months in quarantine, Lake Houston residents are ready to “unleash,” and the city of Humble has just the cure.

Food Truck Fridays and Music on Main!

“It was a tough year for everyone. I feel it. You feel it. Our city feels it,” said Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, “so we are creating evenings to remember right here on Main Street in historic downtown Humble. The perfect way to end 14 months of quarantine.”

A trio of civic-minded downtown Humble businesses and the city of Humble have conjured up a family-friendly night of festivities that will include talented local artists, food trucks — and popcorn on the second Friday of every month through October.

“We’ve been showcasing Lake Houston-area artists, musicians, singers and songwriters at Music on Main for a couple of years now,” said Gwen Key Willis, one of the three Music on Main founders. “After taking a year off for the pandemic, we’re ready to ‘up’ our game.”

This season, for the first time, Music on Main includes Food Truck Fridays.

“We will have two food trucks at each concert,” Willis said. “We’ll set them up after 4 p.m. on Main Street facing Uptown Park, and they’ll serve during the concert.”

While the list of food trucks is still being confirmed, the list of performers is all firmed up. Music begins at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Uptown Park.

July 9 - Amy N Me

Aug. 13 - Blue Raven

Sept. 10 - Kevin Swanson Band

Oct. 8 -  Jon Amour

Key Realtors, Billings Law and Stander and Company, all officed on Main Street, sponsor Music on Main.

“Music on Main just wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have the enthusiastic support of Jennifer and the city of Humble,” said Willis. “The city allows us the use of the park and promotes the event. Jeremy Mittag, the Humble parks director, and his team make sure the park is ready, restrooms are open and the power is up for lights and instruments.”

“The Humble Beautification Committee continues to brainstorm ideas for the event and Deerbrook Baptist Church on Main brings the popcorn,” Willis added.

Music on Main was created from the imaginative minds of Willis and her office mates at their “Little Green House” where they all office on Main Street.

“Chelsey Jones with CLJ Risk Management, David Cherry with Visibly Connected and I would brainstorm, especially about our love for music,” said Willis. “We wanted to create an opportunity to have fun where we work. Listen to music. Wind down from the workweek. See family and friends. Get to know our neighbors.”

And out of that brainstorm, Music on Main was created.

With an eye to the future, Willis would like to see amateurs and professionals come out to Music on Main as the food trucks are setting up until the scheduled artist begins. She would love to see jam sessions and open mike-types of performances, too, while the crowd plays cards, corn hole or Jenga.

“I want Music on Main to be a place where community happens. Where families can come and enjoy with other families. Kids play. People interact.” she said. “Enjoy our city, the music, the food, the atmosphere. Bring a chair, a cooler and a friend.”

To learn who will be performing next at Music on Main, look for the flyer in the city of Humble’s utility statements and friend them on Facebook, facebook.com/musiconmain.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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