PIQUA — Returning to Piqua as the headline entertainment for the popular downtown event Taste of the Arts will be the high-energy, Columbus-based dance band, Red Hot Rhythm Review. This talented group of performers exudes energy and excitement to audiences far and wide and will have folks dancing in the streets.
The group’s lineup includes Nicki Jo Baker and Tammy Walkup (vocals), Chaz Mechenbier (keysboard/vocals), Mike Shoaf (bass/vocals), Jarrod Maille (drums), Steve Willis (saxophone), Tim Perdue ( trumpet) and Todd Bridges (trombone.)
Other music of the night will be performed by four strolling barbershop singers who form the very popular Back to School Quartet. A group with local ties to the Piqua community, these musicians have been singing barbershop music for many years and love to share their talents with all. The four singers are Ron Ventura singing bass, Dale McKinney singing baritone, Jim Riley is the lead, the Matt Blatchley is tenor. The quartet will be strolling Main Street and also singing inside many businesses during the evening.
Taste of the Arts will be held from 5-9 p.m. May 11, in the 300 and 400 blocks of North Main Street. In addition to music, the festival will feature demonstrations by area artists, offers taster-size portions of popular menu items from local and area restaurants, and present numerous children’s and family-focused activities.
For more information about Taste of the Arts, call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9335.