Saturday, August 14, 1999

Record crowd expected at 'Taste of Blue Ash'

Ray Charles headlines concert lineup

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, Three Dog Night, The Coasters, The Crickets, Rare Earth — all live, on stage — at the Taste of Blue Ash 1999 from Aug. 27 to 29.

        The taste, in its 14th year, is co-produced by the city and the Blue Ash Business Association.

        This year's crowd is expect ed to equal or surpass the 230,000 who usually converge at the three-day taste at the city's center — Kenwood, Cooper and Hunt roads.

        “We expect Ray Charles will really bring them in Saturday night (9:30-10:30) and challenge the 75,000 record draw for a single night concert,” Assistant City Manager Bruce Henry said.

        The schedule has Rare Earth on the main stage 8-9 p.m. Friday, with Three Dog Night following at 9:30-10:30 p.m. The Crickets will perform 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Taste of Blue Ash awards ceremonies and Mr. Charles.

        Sunday has The Coasters 7-8 p.m., followed by Lesley Gore, 8-9 p.m.

        Mr. Henry said there will be 15 large closed-circuit television screens for patrons not close enough to the main stage.

        Hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

        Cuisine from 23 restaurants will include American, Italian, German, Indian, Asian and Tex-Mex foods, said spokeswoman Julie Prickett.

        A children's entertainment area will feature activities Saturday and Sunday, she said.

        Hunt Road between the Thriftway parking lot north to Cooper Road will be closed from 1 p.m. Aug. 24 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30.

        On Taste of Blue Ash weekend, the Monroe Avenue extension at Cooper Road will be closed.

        Event patrons are urged to use free shuttle bus service from the following parking lots:

        • Blue Ash Municipal and Safety Center, 4343 Cooper Road.

        • Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road.

        • Maple Dale Elementary School, 6100 Hagewa Drive.

        • E.H. Greene School, 5200 Aldine Drive.

        • Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, 9555 Plainfield Road.

        • Crossgate Lanes, 4230 Hunt Road.

        • Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Road.

        Bus service will be available during event hours and continue one hour after closing.

        What: Taste of Blue Ash.

        Where: Hunt, Cooper andKenwood roads.

        When: 6-11 p.m. Aug. 27; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 28; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 29.

        Featured entertainment:

Friday: 6-7:30 p.m. Azure Blue, 8-9 p.m. Rare Earth, 9:30- 10:30 p.m. Three Dog Night.

        Saturday: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Uptown Rhythm and Blues, 7:30-8:30 The Crickets, 9:30-10:30 p.m. Ray Charles.

        Sunday: 4-6 p.m. Ooh La La, 7-8 p.m. The Coasters, 8-9 p.m. Lesley Gore.


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