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Save the Date - SoundTrek will return on Saturday, July 19, 7pm-midnight in UpTown Toledo!

Call for Submissions for 2014 event out now - Submission Deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014

Click here to download a submission form!

The Arts Commission is seeking submissions from Toledo-area musicians and performing artists for the 2014 SoundTrek Live Music Festival program. All area musicians, bands, and performing artists are encouraged to submit.

About SoundTrek:

SoundTrek is a live local music experience that takes place annually during the third weekend in July. The live local music festival takes place at more than 10 venues along Adams Street in UpTown Toledo and features nearly 40 diverse local bands and performers, representing everything from local rock, pop, and hip-hop to blues, jazz, bluegrass, R&B, and much more. SoundTrek is a local/regional music showcase designed to promote and foster Toledo’s heritage in live music. The event draws more than 1,500 visitors each year who enjoy an eclectic mix of music in a unique urban arts district.
SoundTrek 2014 will take place on Saturday, July 19, 7pm-12am
Wristbands are $10 advance and $15 night of ($5 single venue admission).
With questions, or for additional information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Performing & Literary Arts Coordinator or call 419-254-2787 x13.




2013 Event Information:

The 3rd annual SoundTrek Music Festival event took place on Friday, July 19th in UpTown Toledo

Participating venues included: Ottawa Tavern, Truth Art Gallery, The Attic on Adams, Manhattan's, Glass City Cafe, Manos Community Garden, Bretz Nightclub, Toledo School for the Arts, The Love Wall, Wesley's Bar, Glass City Cafe, and the Main Library. Wristbands were $10 each in advance, and $15 night of. Individual venue admission is $5 per venue.

Thank you to our 2013 sponsors!

Key Bank, HCR ManorCare, The Blade,, WT05 The CW, Toledo City Paper, Paul Sullivan, AIA, Zachary Schmidt Design, Kate Komuniecki, Chris Graver, Nathan Mattimoe, Jerry Gray/Bozarts, Heights Guitars.

The Arts Commission also thanks the many volunteers who worked hard to make SoundTrek a success. Special thanks go to SoundTrek committee members John Eikost, Sarah Skow, Mary Larkin, Larry Meyer, and Kimberly Sharp.

The Arts Commission and The Toledo Club Partner for two great events in UpTown Toledo on Friday, July 19th

The Arts Commission and the Toledo Club are very pleased to announce a partnership that will see UpTown Toledo come alive with music on Friday, July 19th. As the Toledo Club hosts its 26th annual Party in the Parking Lot, The Arts Commission presents the 3rd annual SoundTrek Live Local Music Experience along Adams Street. Just one block apart, these two events are each centered around celebrating great live music in Toledo. This year, for just $5 extra, guests attending either event will be admitted to both.

Already have a SoundTrek wristband? Just show it at the gate at the Toledo Club for a special $5 admittance fee. Already have tickets to attend Party in the Parking Lot? No problem, just show up to any participating SoundTrek venue with your ticket stub and $5 bucks and you’ll receive a SoundTrek wristband. For just $15 total (if tickets are purchased in advance), guests can attend two great events featuring more than 40 amazing local and regional musical acts!

Tickets to both events are just $10 in advance, and $15 the night of. Additional $5 to attend both events at any participating SoundTrek location or at the Toledo Club.

Party in the Parking lot takes place from 5pm to Midnight at the Toledo Club (235 14th Street). Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

SoundTrek takes place from 8:30pm-1am at 11 venues along the Adams Street Corridor in UpTown, between Michigan and 22nd Street.

In addition, guests attending SoundTrek are encouraged to attend in advance the Afro-Bean Heads & Threads Show, a natural hair expo and fashion show featuring live music and more at The Truth Art Gallery (1811 Adams St). Regular admission is $10 at the door, just $5 with your SoundTrek wristband. 7-9pm.

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The 2013 SoundTrek Schedule is as follows:

Bretz, 2012 Adams St. 419-243-1900‎

10pm – 4am: DJs 3pm and Rocky Simplicity spin the dance party all night
12 & 1am: Drag Show featuring host Déjà D Dellataro and Tequila Mockingbird.

Ottawa Tavern
, 1815 Adams St. 419-725-5483

9:30: C-Roze                                                    (hip-hop)
10: Professor                                                     (pop punk)
11:  Homeville Circle                                           (rock)
12: Matt Truman Ego Trip                                   (glam/rock)
1: GoLab                                                            (electro-rock)

The Truth Art Gallery
, 1811 Adams St. 419-460-1343

9:30: Monika Culp                                             (R&B)
10: Chiefalone                                                    (hip-hop)
10:30-12:30: 5 Deep                                           (rock/funk)

The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St. 419-243-5350

8:30: Kuya Kano                                               (gipsy flamenco)
9: The Gray Devils                                             (blues)
10-12: Raq the Casbah                                       (world/ethnic/bellydance) 

Manhattan’s Restaurant
, 1516 Adams St 419-243-6675

8: 3RingsLeft                                                     (pop/folk)
9: The Bricks                                                     (rock)
10:30: Buddy Boy Slim & The Blues Rockers       (blues)
11:30: Kyle Turner Band                                      (jazz/blues)

The Garden Stage
, 14th at Jackson, Manos Community Garden
[This is a different location than Manos Restaurant/The Attic]

8:30: Estar Cohen Project                                  (rock/jam)
9:30: People Being Human                                 (indie rock)
10:30: Nathan Roberts & The New Birds             (indie rock)
11:30: Stonehouse                                              (rock/jam)

Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th St. 419-246-8732

8:30-10pm: Toledo School for the Arts Pop Combo

The Love Wall Stage
, Corner of 13th and Adams

8:30: Spyda                                                      (hip-hop)
9: Sq’air                                                            (R&B/jazz/pop)
10: Los Mariachi Locos                                       (Latino/Tejano)
11: Silent Lions                                                   (rock)
12: 33 1/3                                                           (psychedelic rock)

Wesley’s Bar,
1201 Adams St. 419-255-3333

9: Elevated Thinkin’                                           (R&B)
10: N.Mattimoe                                                  (electronic)
11: Old School Fridays                                        (DJ/dance)

Glass City Café
, 1107 Jackson St. 419-241-4519

8:30: Mike Corwin                                             (Americana)
9:30: Cottonwood Jam String Band                            (bluegrass)
10:30: Old State Line                                         (Americana)
11:30 Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont                     (blues/Americana)
12:30 Lance Hulsey                                            (rockabilly)

Main Library Stage
, 325 N. Michigan St. 419-259-5200

8:30: Voodoo Libido                                         (blues)
9:30: DFR                                                         (funk/blues/rock)

* SoundTrek schedule is subject to change without notice



About SoundTrek

SoundTrek is The Arts Commission's latest addition to the Live Work Create Toledo initiative. 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!

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Program History
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. 

SoundTrek is made possible through community support and an amazing cast of more than 60 individual volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for SoundTrek, or, if you have questions, comments, or feedback, please email Ryan A. Bunch, Performing and Literary Arts Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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