Throughout the '90s and '00s, local promoter Jim Clevo
tirelessly championed Cleveland rock bands. Clevo, who passed away yesterday at age 57, put out several compilations featuring Cleveland acts and at one point christened himself president of the Cleveland Music Group (CCG). He didn't just promote bands in Cleveland, either. In 1999, he attended South by Southwest, the annual music conference in Austin that provides showcase opportunities for up-and-coming bands, and hosted a party featuring Cleveland acts.
Here's what we wrote about his event: “Flying the pirate flag in SXSW's face, man-about-town Jim Clevo captained the tenth annual Regional Roundup Party on Saturday night. Ten bands played the unofficial event, including Cleveland punkers Hostile Omish. Clevo said that, after their set, the Omish boys took their butter churners into the street and busked, earning $60. The money, Clevo figured, would cover the Omish's gas money, provided they didn't ‘blow it at Graceland on toenail clippers or something.’”