The prettiest place for founders Gwen Key Willis (left) and Chelsey Hall to plan Music on Main is on the front porch of their quaint offices at 514 East Main Street in Historic Downtown Humble. Willis is a real estate broker with Key Realtors and Hall is the agency owner of CLJ Risk Management LLC. Photos by Tom Broad

- Chelsey Hall and Gwen Key Willis have musical vision - 

One day while strumming guitar with her husband, Chelsey Hall had a terrific idea – why not invite local performers to showcase their talent in Historic Downtown Humble?

“We’ve been residents of Humble for more than four years and as soon as I saw Uptown Park, I knew it would be a perfect location for outdoor concerts,” said Hall, owner of CLJ Risk Management, an insurance and financial services company located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Humble.

And so, Music on Main was born.

“The concerts are free and open to the public on the second Friday of every month, March through November,” said Hall. “In December we have a special event, Christmas on Main, entirely dedicated to Christmas and featuring holiday music, local vendors ... even photos with Santa.”

Music on Main showcases local artists, musicians, singers and songwriters, preferably from the Lake Houston area. It’s a family friendly event where people can bring their lawn chairs, listen to live music and dance the night away.

“My husband and I absolutely love the charm of downtown, but we felt it could use some activities and events to bring the community together,” said Hall, “so with the help of Gwen Key Willis and David Cherry, we held our first concert in April 2018. We’ve been going strong ever since.”

Willis is broker/owner of Key Realtors, also located in Historic Downtown Humble, and Cherry is owner of Visibly Connected, a digital marketing firm.

Hall also gives kudos to other local businesses and residents and the City of Humble for supporting and creating awareness of Music on Main.

“We’ve had amazing support from the city,” said Hall. “They mail out flyers for each event in their monthly utility statements. They want to see Music on Main grow just as we do.”

As founders and now coordinators, Hall and Willis have quite a vision for their musical baby.

“We have plans to bring in food trucks during the concert,” said Hall, “but our first and foremost goal right now is to continue bringing awareness about Music on Main and bring as many people out as possible to support it and the artists.”

Of course, Music on Main isn’t the only up-and-coming music scene in Humble. The city has refurbished the former Charles Bender High School, located just off the Main Street drag in Humble, and transformed it into The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center. The Bender stage features a diverse array of live performances including oldies, current, classical, ethnic and innovative music, dance, and creative and original stage plays.

As for Hall and Willis, it can be challenging to run their own businesses and make sure Music on Main happens.

“With me being in the insurance business and Gwen being a Realtor, those industries really have nothing to do with the music industry,” said Hall. “However, through Music on Main we’ve met so many great people, neighbors and fellow business owners.”

Hall and Willis both believe that they are incorporating their personal passion for music into their businesses which allows them to truly love what they do.

“And, really, our greatest accomplishment, I think, is for us to be able to provide even the smallest platform for our local artists, and to provide an opportunity for Humble and Lake Houston to come together,” said Hall.

To learn who will be performing next at Music on Main, look for the flyer in the City of Humble’s utility statements and become their Facebook friend at Music on Main, Humble, Texas.

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.