Soundtrek and Toledo Music Expo

. May 24, 2012.

Toledo has a pool of talented musicians who week after week keep their noses to the grindstone, and not just to try to make money, but simply to do what they love. That’s why two Glass City forces have formed—although partially by accident—a powerhouse weekend. When the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo scheduled their latest creation, Soundtrek, on Friday, July 22, they had no clue JL Entertainment had booked the Toledo Music Expo for the next day, Saturday, July 23. Even though the events remain separate, cross-promotion and idea sharing have been strong, giving cause to celebrate one hell of a rockin’ weekend.

Soundtrek invades Downtown Toledo on July 22, from 7pm-1am, with more than 40 bands and entertainers in around 15 venues, all connected by three buses running a loop. A wide variety of genres will be represented, from garage rock and indie to bluegrass and folk to jazz, blues and hip-hop.“For me, it’s just about exposing people to the wealth of talent in the city,” Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Performance and Literary Arts Program Coordinator Ryan Bunch says.

The venues will all be located in the Warehouse and Uptown Districts, keeping the loop concise and easy to navigate. “We did that so not only people could take a bus, but they could walk as well,” Bunch said.“I think it’s going to be a great night for Toledo. There is really just a strong, passionate community of music lovers here.”

Wristbands are $15 advance and $20 the night of, which allows access to all venues and free bus rides. www.acgt.com.

Toledo Music Expo takes over the Erie Street Market, 237 S. Erie St., on July 23, from 4pm-12am with approximately 20 different musical acts. Some of the featured acts include Murdock, Raine Wilder, A.D.D. and Ryan Dunlap. Beyond the music, the event acts as a networking opportunity for everyone involved in the local music scene, and people looking to break into it. For more info, www.toledomusicexpo.com.