First Step’s Soul Shine Blues Festival has been bringing the most authentic and original blues acts to Northwest Ohio for over two decades. Originally conceived as a music festival to raise funds for First Step programs, Soul Shine quickly became focused on the blues and rose to fame for attracting the best national acts. Soul Shine is the brainchild of First Step Executive Director Terri Mercer, whose love for the blues brought about the desire to have a festival right in our community.
Soul Shine gives First Step the opportunity to reach out and meet with community members and make them aware of our work and also give them an opportunity to get involved. As our major fundraiser, Soul Shine is one way that people can show their support for First Step’s work of building strong, healthy families.
In addition to great music, Soul Shine is also famous for its signature Southern cooking. BBQ ribs, seafood Jambalaya, roast chicken, and red beans and rice are just some of the delightful tastes at Soul Shine. Add to this our Soul Shine raffles, our theme basket silent auction, and other activities and you have great fun for the entire family. All in all, the event makes for a great party that continues to get better with age.