Love Live Music? Did You Check Out SoundTrek?

Posted Jul 25th, 2013 by Andrew Lisa  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Toledo’s burgeoning reputation as a true American live music city earned another notch on its belt earlier this month. The Arts Commission had yet another addition to the Live Work Create Toledo initiative — SoundTrek. Local musicians and DJs descended on top downtown music and dance venues where attendees caught a true cross-section of Toledo’s live music scene in one awesome evening.

One Wristband, Unlimited Fun

The 2013 SoundTrek Live Music Festival took place Friday, July 19th, in UpTown Toledo from 8:30 pm – 1:00 am. Wristbands cost $10 in advance and $15 day of. One wristband gave attendees access to 12 live music venues along Adams Street, where 30-plus musicians and bands performed, as well as free shuttle rides between stops.

Money Well Spent

Not only did the festival provide music lovers with an awesome showcase of local music, SoundTrek put needed fuel into the local economy as well as gave a boost to Toledo’s live music community. More than 1,000 people spending money in local drinking and dining establishments boosted Toledo’s business community, and all artists were paid. The 2011 event saw 140 individual artists paid for their craft, collectively totaling more than $4,500 in payments to local artists.


The Arts Commission debuted SoundTrek on Friday, July 22, 2011, drawing more than 1,000 visitors to see 41 local, regional, and national entertainers performing at 13 venues in the Warehouse District and Uptown Neighborhood. A broad range of styles and genres was represented, from acoustic, folk, and bluegrass to world, dance, pop, and rock, to jazz, blues and hip-hop.

Help Make History

SoundTrek is brought to life each year by community support and the hard work of an extraordinary cast of more than 60 individual volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for next year’s SoundTrek, or if you have questions, comments, or feedback, please email Ryan A. Bunch at rbunch@theartscomission.org.

Toledo truly is an up-and-coming live music city. The quality of local musicians continues to impress even veteran promoters and bookers. Because of the festival’s size and reputation, SoundTrek genuinely has the ability to draw the best of the best. Support your city, your local businesses, local musicians and most of all, support your right to hear awesome music without leaving Toledo!

Photos: Flickr user The Arts Commission

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about events and attractions in Ohio and profiles top business leaders such as Steve Wynn.

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