Saturday, August 23, 2003

Tony Orlando pinch-hits at Taste

The Cincinnati Enquirer

BLUE ASH - Laryngitis has knocked Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Dion out of today's entertainment lineup at the city's annual foodfest.

But music lovers won't be left hanging, said Alliea Phipps, a spokeswoman for Taste of Blue Ash's entertainment promoter Omar Presents.

Tony Orlando has agreed to pick up the 10 p.m. time slot. But, don't expect to see him do the chicken dance as he did when he was grand marshal of the 2001 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Phipps said.

"I doubt it," she said.

Dion, known for 1960s hits "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue," was following his doctor's orders when he canceled late Thursday, she said.

"His doctor actually said no traveling. It's that bad. It's not just a bad case of laryngitis," Phipps said. "Stuff happens and certainly this is one of those things. You roll with the punches."

The good news is that as far as anybody in Blue Ash knows, Al Green is still planning to make an appearance at 2 p.m. today, a year after he was a no-show claiming illness.

His band was left hanging to keep the crowd satisfied. He is performing this year free to make up for the no-show, city officials aid.

If you go

What: Taste of Blue Ash

When: noon to midnight today; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Children's area closes at 9 p.m. nightly

Where: Cooper and Hunt roads

Parking: Free shuttle buses will run continuously from area schools, businesses and the city building.

Main Stage concerts


2-3 p.m.: Al Green to benefit the Wellness Community

6-8 p.m.: The Cincinnati Rhythm Band

8:30-9:30 p.m.: Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits

10-11 p.m.: Tony Orlando


4-5:30 p.m.: Ooh La La & The Greasers

7-8 p.m.: Mike Smith of Dave Clark Five

8:30-10 p.m.: Go-Go'sInformation:, 745-8686 or 745-6259.

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