Taste of the Arts to feature music evening of music


For the Miami Valley Today



PIQUA — When the 25th annual Taste of the Arts event, sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua, will fill the main street of Piqua on Friday, May 10, from 5-9 p.m., with the sounds of music by Dean Simms and the Funky Gurus, featured headline entertainment, The group will provide music across many genres, according to organizers.

“This group has had a strong following from Piqua over the years,” said leader Dean Simms, “and we are excited to be bringing our music back to the area for the Taste of the Arts event.”

Simms is well-known nationally for his many performances as Satchmo. From Las Vegas to points beyond, these performances as Louie Armstrong have wowed audiences far and wide. Now performing for venues closer to home like Dayton, Springfield, and Columbus, Dean Simms and the Funky Gurus, performing together since 2004, provide entertainment for many corporate events, weddings, casinos, festivals, and fairs, performing a wide range of music from funk, pop, disco, Motown, country, classic rock, New Orleans swing, big band swing, smooth jazz, hip hop, rock ‘N roll, New Orleans jazz, and blues. This band comes complete with a hot rhythm section, horn section, lead vocals and harmonies.

Dean Simms and the Funky Gurus will be featured at two performances at Taste of the Arts on May 10 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and from 7-8:30 p.m. Look for them on stage on the 300 block of North Main Street in downtown Piqua.

Other music will include the always-popular barbershop quartet Back to School, who will be singing their way up and down Main Street throughout the evening and in and out of the many stores in the downtown. Singers include Jim Riley, lead; Matt Blatchly, tenor; Ron Ventura, bass and Dale McKinney, baritone. For the first time, this group will present a program of music from the stage at 6:45 p.m.

In addition to this music, Taste of the Arts will feature a variety of foods from local restaurants, demonstrating artists, and children’s entertainment, and activities.

For more information, visit the website at piquatasteofthearts.com or call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355.

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For the Miami Valley Today