Three UpTown events to host more than 40 bands on July 19Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
It promises to be a night full of music in UpTown Toledo on July 19 as The Arts Commission partners with The Toledo Club and The Truth Gallery to host more than 40 local performers between three events.
The Arts Commission’s third annual SoundTrek will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 11 venues along the Adams Street corridor between Michigan Street and 22nd Street.
Meanwhile, The Toledo Club’s 26th annual Party in the Parking Lot, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo, is set for 5 p.m. to midnight at The Toledo Club, 235 14th St. The event, open to those age 21 and older, will feature East River Drive, Buddy Love and the Coconuts, DJ Rev Dev, Moondogs and Gene Parker & Band (for club members and guests).
In addition, the Afro-Bean Heads & Threads Show, a natural hair expo and fashion show featuring live music and more, is set for 7-9 p.m. at The Truth Art Gallery, 1811 Adams St.
Cost for SoundTrek is $10 in advance, $15 at the door or $5 for a single venue admission. Cost for Party in the Parking Lot is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or $5 with a SoundTrek wristband. Admission to The Truth Gallery is $10 or $5 with a SoundTrek wristband.
“The partnerships with The Toledo Club and the Afro-Bean event at The Truth Art Gallery are really exciting,” said Ryan Bunch, The Arts Commission’s performing and literary arts coordinator, in an email. “Essentially, if you purchase SoundTrek wristbands in advance, for $20 that night you can attend three really eclectic events and get a really wide scope of the culture of Downtown Toledo.”
SoundTrek venues will include The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St.; Bretz Nightclub, 2012 Adams St.; The Garden Stage at Manos Community Garden, corner of 14th and Jackson streets; Glass City Café, 1107 Jackson St.; The Love Wall Stage, corner of 13th and Adams streets; Main Library Stage, 325 N. Michigan St.; Manhattan’s, 1516 Adams St.; Ottawa Tavern, 1815 Adams St.; Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th St.; The Truth Art Gallery; and Wesley’s Bar, 1201 Adams St.
“This is a unique event to Toledo. It really is great exposure to see what an array of talent we have here and how many different ways that talent transpires,” Bunch said. “Whether you’re into rock, pop, hip-hop, bluegrass, blues, R&B, Latino music, you name it, there is something for almost everyone. Whether you’re looking for stuff you love or are looking for something new, there is plenty to choose from or to let yourself discover.”
There won’t be a shuttle between venues this year, Bunch said.
“This year is much more about the experience on the street,” Bunch said. “There are more outdoor stages and more thought put into how people experience going from one venue to the next. Last year, only one person rode the shuttle bus all night — people wanted to be out walking, interacting with the music and the other people. So, this year, there is no bus. We used that money to hire more bands and help enliven the street and public spaces more.”
Bunch said he hopes people come out to support the local music scene.
“To me, that’s exciting, the whole culture of the event, from the musician interaction to enlivening the neighborhood and promoting walkability of the district, to just seeing people come out to listen to great music, support the local music scene and to just have a great time,” Bunch said.
To purchase SoundTrek tickets or view a full schedule of bands, visit www.TheArtsCommission.org/programs/SoundTrek. For more information about Party in the Parking Lot, visit www.facebook.com/TheToledoClub. For information about the Afro-Bean Heads & Threads Show, visit www.thekitchensalon.com.
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