The first Sacred Strings Showcase concert took place in Toledo, Ohio August 15, 2009 at the Toledo Hilton Lucas Auditorium, Dana Conference Center located at 3100 Glendale Avenue in Toledo, Ohio.
This event was a major gathering of African American sacred steel players from across the country. The evening consisted of documenting local and national performances, interviews with sacred steel musicians and narratives about the roots of sacred steel and its influence in African American music.
This grand historic event was packed to capacity beginning with the junior legends performing and paying homage to the senior legends with accolades of thanksgiving and several phenomenal lap and pedal steel guitar instrumental renditions.
It was here that Sacred Strings Records Inc. first coined the term “Sacred Steel Legends” and presented the Legend Awards honoring fifth teen sacred steel pioneers, innovators, and major contributors responsible for keeping the tradition alive.
Since that time, every August, musicians from the Jewell dominion, Keith dominion, and off shoots of those churches make the pilgrimage to Toledo, Ohio to present the steel guitar from an African American perspective.