Toledo's 2nd Annual Music Festival Attracts Huge Crowds To Celebrate Local Live Music
Inland Empire has Coachella, Chicago has Lollapalooza, and UpTown Toledo has SoundTrek. The live music festival celebrated its second year this last weekend. The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo put on a great show for live music lovers. With cover a mere $15 at a venue door, festival goers enjoyed unlimited fun, music and memories.
Up and around Adams Street, people could be seen walking, biking and taking pedicabs, courtesy of Glass City Pedicabs to venues all over the festival. Merch tents, food vendors, street musicians, and volunteers lined the streets. As overheard by one festival goer, “it smells like culture here.”
Eleven venues with over 30 talented musicians representing all genres of music took over bars, restaurants and other local venues. Toledo’s budding Entertainment District was the place to be to experience live music from all over the region. Local favorites lit up the night and there was plenty to do and see. The one night event celebrated its second year by headlining Glass City Steel, Jack & The Bear, The Faux Paus, GoLab, and America’s Got Talent alum Hershae Chocolatae.
With everything going on, I couldn’t make it to everything but I did my best to make it to the highlights that everyone could not stop talking about. I had it on good authority to visit some of the highlights. By the end of the night, I had made it to almost every venue, save for only 3.
After meeting up with friends, I went to Wesley’s Bar to check out Great Lakes Crew. Boasting “hip hop from the Fourth Coast” the group entertained a patio crowd of around 35 with work from their latest EP, The Marina Projects. The trio worked the crowd with trip-hop, catchy lyrics and immense stage presence. An impressive set and a very receptive crowd made the set a great opener to my night.
Over at Glass City Café, Old State Line and JW Carlson & The Heart Strings played back to back sets to a packed house. Both Americana groups, the bands brought in a plethora of instruments to serenade the fans with string instruments found in ages past. The restaurant was very impressed and there was standing room only long after the bands finished. An impressive show, the band members were all pleased to be a part of something so substantial.
Local all-female band, The Faux Paus was hosted by The Toledo City Paper. Under a huge canopy outdoors, the largest venue of the night was heavily populated with fans screaming along with the very enthusiastic band. The stage was low enough the fans got to be very close and personal with the band. Their drummer, Carrie Theuring stole the show with her stage persona, winking at fans, and rocking out encouraging the crowd to follow her lead. The sonic rock sound they possess is impressively pure and the SoundTrek crowd was thrilled to party with them.
GoLab, an electronic duo formed from Stylex members Joel Roberts and Jeff Loose ripped up The Ottawa Tavern. With a very dedicated fan base rocking out to the experimental electro-pop rock band used a myriad of lights and sounds to excite the crowd. The mad genius effect was very satisfying in the dark alternative venue.
The night wrapped up with DJ Casey “3pm” Clark teaming up with Rocky Simplicity cranking out remixes at Bretz Nightclub late into the night. With many of the volunteers and Arts Commission committee members ending up there, it was the perfect uncomplicated end to a great festival.
For more information on SoundTrek and how you can be more involved next year, contact the ACGT.