You Tell Us: Music on Main Street

One Main Street shop owner has formed the Music on Main Street Committee in hopes to bring live music to Reisterstown. What are your thoughts?

owner Lorena de Leon is hoping to breathe some new life into Main Street. As the owner of the in the historic district, she’s serious about revitalization.

De Leon is heading up the newly formed Music on Main Street Committee to bring live music to Reisterstown. To get the conversation going, she’s asking community members to take a short survey, which asks about times, food and drink and other details.

H Stone B July 10, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I'm not really a big fan of music. I prefer silence and antique shops that close at 4:00 pm. This sounds like it will bring people to Reisterstown. I'm not really a big fan of people. I like Historic Reisterstown the way it is. Change scares me. Romney 2012!
H Stone B July 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
My previous comment was intended as tongue-in-cheek for anybody that might have thought otherwise. As a local musician, I think this is a great idea. The arts are always a good investment, and Reisterstown has been shooting itself in the foot for years by keeping arts and entertainment at bay. More late night activity will bring jobs to Reisterstown, and tourism brings money. This is a no-brainer. Let me know when it gets underway and I'll be there!
David cohn July 10, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I think bringing music to Main Street is a fantastic idea. I have actually discussed this with Lorena De Leon before. I believe it would bring in more business "traffic". There are two main concerns I have. The first is a venue. How big? Where is a good location? Should it be a permanent or temporary location? Indoors or outdoors? On private or county property? The second concern is the main issue with bringing business to Reisterstown, PARKING. To hold a relatively large concert of musical event, there would need to be on-site parking or, at the very least, nearby parking with shuttle service. I realize I am posing problems and not offering any solutions. It's just that these issues need to be addressed before planning an event. Hopefully, I can come up with some useful suggestions in the near future. David Cohn
ReisterstownMAN July 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Franklin Middle school field is perfect.... parking at the school and library and Franklin Elemen is more then enough....if more is needed Reisterstown Business Center can def hold enough.
Steve July 11, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Reisterstown used to have a live music scene with the open mic at Java Mamma's back when it was hosted by ilyAIMY, the place was always packed. I don't know what happened to that open mic. I heard people wanted to shut down that open mic because the kids were "wierd" and smoked cigarettes, dyed their hairs, wore punk rock t-shirts, listened to heavy metal, and they scared off "other customers," but the fact is, these kids are the ones that support live local music, discover new artists, and go to concerts. The "normal" kids that are preps or jocks usually just blast Taylor Swift or Nickleback in their cars as far as their interest in music goes. Very rarely do I see many adults in this area into live original local music, as adults usually do "lame" things like bitch about stock, have "family" brunch time, and when they are intersted in live music, it's usually to see some lame top-40 cover band.
W. July 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Great idea but, I'd focus on weekends as it has become evident that people don't socialize weekdays enough for a business to sustain profitability. Hence, others before have gone under.
David cohn July 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Why don't we try something simple first to see how it goes. How about a Movie Night. Outdoor movies, could draw people in. I know it's been done successfully in Towson at the Kenilworth Square Mall, in Little Italy, and at the Basignani Winery. Just a suggestion.
Lorena de Leon August 08, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Great suggestions everyone. I wanted to wait to post until we had some more information regarding the event. So far, it looks like we will be starting the concert series in mid September rolling through the beginning of October. This will lead up to the Corn Roast being planned for Oct 13th. Based on a survey that was sent out to 300 community members ( thank you to the 200 members that responded), Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon seemed to be the most popular choices. The committee is currently working on the schedule to alternate Fridays and Saturdays so that we respect the request of the community members that responded. We had 2 potential venues and both have plenty of parking. We are waiting for final confirmation. We have several bands that we are looking at with a wide array of music for all ages. Lastly, I just want to thank all the committee members and the Reisterstown Improvement Association for their support. All members are volunteers that really care about the community and donate their time to put programs like this together.


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