SoundTrek is an annual live local music experience featuring nearly 40 bands at 10 venues along Adams Street in UpTown Toledo in one single night. This is an all local celebration of Toledo's rich live music heritage with music ranging from rock, pop, and hip-hop to blues, jazz, R&B, Americana and more.
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The program is designed to celebrate Toledo's rich legacy as a live music town. Featuring a wide variety of local musicians and DJs, as well as premier Downtown live music and dance venues, SoundTrek offers visitors the opportunity to experience a cross-section of the live entertainment available in Toledo in a single evening. For the price of one wristband, guests get access to 11 great live music venues featuring performances by 40 different local and regional musicians and bands. SoundTrek features a diverse array of live music, including rock, pop, hip-hop, blues, jazz, R&B, bluegrass, electronic, and much more! From 2011 - 2014, SoundTrek was a program of The Arts Commission's Live Work Create Toledo initiative, which helps drive cultural tourism in Toledo while fostering economic development and revitalization through the arts. Additional Live Work Create Toledo programs include 3rd Thursday Loop, and Artomatic 419!
2011: The Arts Commission's first annual SoundTrek took place on Friday, July 22, 2011. The event drew attendance from more than 1,000 visitors and featured 41 local, regional, and national entertainers performing at 13 venues in the Warehouse District and Uptown Neighborhood. Music offered during the evening represented a broad range of styles and genres, from acoustic, folk, and bluegrass to world, dance, pop, and rock, to jazz, blues, and hip-hop.
In addition to providing area music lovers with a grand showcase of local music, SoundTrek also seeks to act as an economic stimulator to Toledo's live music community. This goal is achieved by drawing more than 1,000 people into local drinking and dining establishments, as well as ensuring that all artists are paid. The 2011 event saw 140 individual artists paid for their craft, collectively totaling more than $4,500 in payments to local artists.
2012: In 2012, SoundTrek took place on Friday, July 20, 8:30pm-1am and focused on the UpTown Arts & Entertainment District along the Adams Street Corridor, taking place at 10 venues in the district. This focused area made the event more walkable and created more of a neighborhood festival vibe. Nearly 1500 people attended the event, which featured 30 groups (91 individuals) performing at the event, all paid for their craft. SoundTrek 2012 paid more then $5,000 to local entertainers in a single evening.
2013: SoundTrek 2013 took place on Friday, July 19, 8:30pm-1am and once again focused in the UpTown neighborhood and hosted more than 1300 guests that evening. In all, 37 acts (137 individuals) performed at 11 venues in UpTown, with more than $5,200 paid to local entertainers.
2014: SoundTrek 2014 took place on Saturday, July 19, 7pm-12am. The event hosted more than 1,000 guests throughout the evening and featured 37 acts (108 individuals) performed at 12 venues in UpTown, with more than $4,900 paid to local entertainers.
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