CHAMPAIGN — The Taste of Champaign-Urbana comes to West Side Park Aug. 15-16 and will feature food from some of the area’s top eateries as well as local craft beers.
It also features one of the biggest musical acts ever to play at the event, in fact a darn big band.
Straight out of Nashville (Indiana) comes The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the nucleus of which is the Rev. J. Peyton, a genuine Kentucky Colonel, and wife Breezy Peyton on washboard and vocals.
He uses two 1930s National guitars, a cigar box guitar, a custom shop Gibson flattop 1929 L2 and an Airline map electric guitar, among other instruments.
“With his wife, Breezy, serving as a one-woman amen corner, and distant cousin Aaron Persinger laying down the floppy-boot-stomp drums behind Peyton’s spiky, waspish National steel slide guitar on tracks like ‘Something for Nothing,’ the result is a peculiarly infectious blues crusade, touching on themes of money, morality and social responsibility,” England’s The Independent wrote.
Their ”Between the Ditches” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Blues Album Chart. The bands plays a mixture of Americana, hillbilly and blues. Champaign Park District Marketing Manager Chelsea Norton said that Taste is very happy with its headlining band.
Right now, there are 24 food vendors and 43 arts and crafts booths.
“We always have a great selection of artists,” Norton said.
This year’s car raffle offers the choice of Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion or Buck Encore.
The Champaign Parks Foundation is holding a car raffle to benefit the district’s Youth Scholarship.
Tickets will be sold throughout the community at park district facilities, Worden-Martin and at http://bit.ly/1outejN. Organizers will sell 3,500 tickets at $20 each or three for $50. The winner will be drawn on Aug. 16.
Also back is the 3.14-mile Pie Run, which features pies along the route and celebrates Pi as well.
“It’s the second annual run and it was huge last year,” Norton said, noting that participants can choose to get a pie in the face at the conclusion.
More info is available at champaignparkdistrict.com.
Aug. 15: 5 to 6 p.m., Craig Russo Latin Jazz; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Beat Kitchen; 8 to 9 p.m., Prince Night; 9:30 to 11 p.m., 90’s Daughter.
Aug. 16: 11 a.m. to noon, Wolves To Whales; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Bones Jugs N Harmony; 2 to 3 p.m., We the Animals; 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Sun Stereo; 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.; Abnormous; 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Dreamfakers; 9:15 to 11 p.m., The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.