Celebrate the flavor of Rockford and its finest artisans

Between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, August 3, the Rockford Area Arts Commission will host ARTaste of Rockford. Savory menus designed by twelve downtown restaurants promise to please your palate. Music and dance of ARTaste street performers will energize you as you explore local artwork hung in multiple downtown establishments. Inspired, you can create your own art at the “Make It and Take It” table in Garden Club Park, organized by Rockford art educator, Leta Holloway.

ARTaste-aaron2010-copyPerformers slated for ARTaste include Aaron Vande Wege (AKA Mr. Picklehead) of Dilly Songs, B-Side Growlers and the Lake Effect Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Picklehead’s goal is to share the joy of music and story with fascinating people and delight in their giggles, smiles and laughter. He will be sharing songs from his three CDs and teaching listeners how to draw Dilly Song characters with sidewalk chalk. The B-Side Growlers are a tradition-inspired, toe-tappin’ fired acoustic blues, jazz and country band founded in 2012. Lead by Pete Lewandoski on guitar, banjo, fiddle and vocals, B-Side Growlers features Mary Lewandowski on guitar, washboard, percussion and vocals, as well as Matt Porter on upright bass and vocals. The Lake Effect Saxophone Quartet ARTaste-B-Side-Growlerswas formed in February 2010 and includes the Rockford Community Band’s current director, Tiffany Engle.

Tickets for ARTaste of Rockford are now available at The Frame and Mat Shop for $1 each. ARTaste menu items require 1-3 tickets. Participating restaurants include The Corner Bar, Custard By The Dam, The Dam Dogs, Diana’s Cafe, Grand Cakes, Grill One Eleven, Herman’s Boy, Marinades Pizza Bistro, Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace, Reds on the River, Rockford Brewing Company and Twisted Vine Deli.

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