SOHO Music Fest 2015

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SPRINGFIELD - The 11th annual SOHO Music Fest drew hundreds of people, Saturday.  The two-day music festival is a Springfield staple.   SOHO stands for Service Organization for Humanitarian Opportunity.  It's a showcase of original music from local artists.  When it launched in 2005, there was one stage on one street.  This year, there are 60 bands, 5 stages, along 2 streets in downtown Springfield.

“You have musicians of all styles and types,” said Bryan Tippy, one of the organizers of the event.

Some come for the music.  Some come for the food.  Some come to support local business.  Several business owners have booths on the festival streets.  This year, Tippy, served as an organizer and a vendor.  He's promoting his new start-up that sells bacon duct tape.

"We're a new company,” he said.  “We're really just introducing ourselves to people to gain interest and gather popularity."

The purpose of the festival is to raise money for charitable organizations that serve the people of Springfield.  You have to pay $5 to get into the festival. 

"Prairie center for Sexual Assault, Downtown Springfield, Inc., and I believe Big Brothers Big Sisters has been a beneficiary," said Tippy.  “We've given tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars."    

The festival occurs every year on the first Friday and Saturday of June.

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