Lubbock Music Festival "Overwhelming Success" for Depot District Businesses - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/10/05

Lubbock Music Festival "Overwhelming Success" for Depot District Businesses

Despite the rainy weather, organizers call this weekend's Lubbock Music Festival an overwhelming success for the festival and Depot District businesses alike. Monday was a recovery day for the staff of Bleachers Sports Cafe. They were so busy over the weekend, Friday night they were cleaning until 5:30 in the morning. The closing manager had to be back a mere three hours later to open on Saturday. He said the music festival had a great impact on the businesses in the Depot District.

Bleacher's Sports Cafe Manager, Damon Hughes, is now recovering from the weekend. However, rather than partying at the Lubbock Music Festival in the Depot District, he was working behind the bar. "Everybody that was down here, as soon as they got done with a concert they just rolled in here and we were packed the entire time," said Hughes.

He said Bleachers experienced a 200% increase in business this past weekend because of the extra people the Music Festival attracted to the Depot District. They called in extra staff to accommodate the crowd. They went through nearly 30 kegs of beer, whereas ten is the normal count.

As for the festival itself, 12,000 people attended the Pat Green concert Friday night, and another 5,000 attended Saturday's events.

Festival Organizer, Don Caldwell said, "The groundwork has been laid for a festival that can go on and on and on."

Caldwell said the event will continue to grow. "To build an entertainment industry, this festival is extremely important," said Caldwell. "It heightens public awareness of the area of what entertainment options there are in Lubbock."

Right now, Lubbock may be known as being the home of Texas Tech University, but the music festival is an opportunity for people to get an up close look at the Depot District, and Hughes agreed the festival is the perfect recruiting tool. "We saw a lot of unusual traffic for a main Thursday night. And Friday and Saturday was even better," said Hughes. "Lubbock's mainly known for Tech, but not much else and I think the festival was really good. It put us on the map for a lot of people."

Caldwell said planning for next year started two months ago. Next year they'd like to have events Thursday and Friday night and have events going on all day throughout Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday being geared toward college students.

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