Saturday, August 28, 1999

Stars come out at Taste of Blue Ash

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLUE ASH — Maybe Ray Charles has Georgia on his mind, but he arrives in Blue Ash tonight.

        And Sunday, Lesley Gore knows it's her party at the Taste of Blue Ash.

        In its 14th year, this suburban venue is renowned for good ol' rock 'n' roll and live appearances by the entertainers who performed it. A crowd of about 230,000 is expected over the three-day event, which started Friday evening with Three Dog Night on the bill.

        The Taste is co-produced by the city and the Blue Ash Business Association, and located at the city's center — Kenwood, Cooper and Hunt roads.

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

        “We expect Ray Charles will really bring them in,” Assistant City Manager Bruce Henry said.

        He predicts the crowd today might surpass the 75,000 record draw for a single night.

        The Crickets will perform 7:30-8:30 p.m. tonight, followed by the Taste of Blue Ash awards ceremonies and Mr. Charles, 9:30-10:30 p.m. On Sunday, The Coasters, from 7-8 p.m., will be followed by Ms. Gore, 8-9 p.m.

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

        Hours: noon to 11 p.m. today and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Hunt Road between the Thriftway Marketplace lot north to Cooper Road will be closed until 7 p.m. Monday.

        Patrons are urged to use free shuttles from parking lots at: 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; and Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Road.

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


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