If not for regular conferences, professionals in the music industry would be forced to network by attaching their resumes to fishing lines and casting them into the crowds of Paul McCartney concerts. Enjoy hassle-free mixing and mingling with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets (a $20 value in advance, a $30 value at the door) to the Toledo Music Expo at Erie Street Market on Saturday, July 23 from 4 p.m. to midnight.
For the first time, the Toledo Music Expo transfigures the Erie Street Market into a platform for local musicians, recording engineers, and videographers to strut their stuff and network with other talented individuals. Performances by 19 local musicians lay out the event's sultry soundtrack, filling the air with rhythms to dance, sing, or mime along to. Songstress Abby Ray sets feet-fingers tapping with her eclectic brand of tunes, while air particles vibrate to the lyrical flow of resident wordsmith C-Fifth. Strolling among the vendors' booths, music lovers can sample sumptuous snacks from The Oasis Restaurant and Delivery or fill stomachs and fanny-packs with sushi rolls from Spicy Tuna.