Thursday, August 10, 2000

Chuck Berry headlines Taste of Blue Ash

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLUE ASH — A whole lotta shakin' will be goin' on in Blue Ash the last weekend of August. Taste of Blue Ash continues its annual tradition of luring some of the top oldies groups to this northeastern Hamilton County community.

        This year's slate of entertainment, expected to attract 240,000 people, is headlined by Chuck Berry, the Original Drifters with Bill Pinkney, Wilson Pickett, The 5th Dimension, The Association and Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone.

        The 15th annual Taste of Blue Ash will be Aug. 25-27 in the town's downtown along Kenwood Road between Cooper and Hunt roads.

        “The Taste of Blue Ash draws great attention to our city and to our downtown area. It has a tremendous economic spinoff to our merchants and restaurants and it introduces Blue Ash to all of the classic rock 'n' roll fans and their families who visit. It promotes our town and shows that we can host a regional event and do it safely,” said Assistant City Manager Bruce Henry, who coordinates the event for the city.

        Taste lures visitors from across the Midwest by bringing in top name entertainers. Last year, Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, The Coasters and Three Dog Night were among the headliners.

        As many as 26 restaurants are expected to provide a wide-ranging fare. Servings will cost from $1 to $3.50.

        Taste will be Friday through Sunday, Aug. 25-27.

        The event is produced by Taste of Blue Ash Inc., a nonprofit organization composed of members of the Blue Ash Business Association and city officials.

        To accommodate the crowds, a part of Hunt Road will be closed, and shuttle buses will take patrons from area parking lots to the downtown area. The portion of Hunt Road from the parking lot south of the Thriftway store, north to Cooper Road, will be closed from 10 a.m. Aug. 21 through 7 p.m. Aug. 28.


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