Despite Severe Thunderstorms, Jazz Plays on at Festival


The third annual Jazz & Art on Main festival Saturday looked almost as if it weren’t going to happen. Severe thunderstorms across Williamson County created a spate of challenges for the festival. But even with those issues, the jazz played on.

Jazz & Art on Main, a yearly event started in 2016, aims to showcase varying jazz styles and bands to residents of the city. 

On Saturday, Jazz bands such as the Glenn Rexach Trio and Musikatz played for dozens of attendees browsing items and artwork from a variety of vendors set up across the parking lot of the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Food vendors offered Cajun-style cuisine like Jambalaya and Beignets.

The original plan was to have the event on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday afternoon, however, those plans were thrown into disarray when it was announced that the event would take place only on Saturday due to severe weather.

Weather issues for the event continued Saturday when heavy rain began to pour down around 12 p.m. Attendees and vendors were evacuated into the Cedar Park Recreation Center to stay safe.

Andy deBruyn, chairman of the Parks, Arts, and Community Enrichment board in Cedar Park and Mike DeVito, Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation, held a meeting inside to figure out how to proceed.

“We didn’t want to send everybody home, so we said, ‘let’s just go for it’,deBruyn said.

Still, attendees at the event were in high spirits. “It’s awesome. Great food and people are very kind here,” said Alex Cifuentes, an attendee from Killeen, who drove an hour to come to the event.

“It’s one of those things where you just tough it out and see what mother nature has for you,” said Steven Gillam, founder of Cajun Skillet, a food truck at the festival. “We still had a good time mingling with everyone that was out here,” Gillam said.