Attendees at the fourth annual Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition will experience much more than competitors’ gourmet, on-the-go recipes. Accompanying the array of delicious food will be five artists performing everything from country to bluegrass throughout the competition on Aug. 12 in Veterans Park.
Performers at this year’s event include:
Andy Fox – 11 a.m. – Noon
Andy Fox is a local Springfield artist with 30 years experience playing guitar. His style of music incorporates blues, folk, pop and classics of all genres, emphasizing fingerstyle guitar. Fox performs frequently around the River Valley, offering a unique style of music to his favorite locals.
Patrick Dawson – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Patrick is an Ohio native that has been playing in the music circuit since he was a teenager. He loves and plays a wide range of styles that crosses into several musical genres including rock, alternative, country, folk and bluegrass.
Mad River Railroad – 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Mad River Railroad is a multidimensional band from Dayton, Ohio. They offer a unique combination of bluegrass, newgrass, traditional, roots, country and blues music to form what is Mad River Railroad. Featuring the banjo, bass, mandolin, fiddle and guitar, the band has been branded progressive bluegrass and brings something fun and warm to the table.
Allison Road – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Allison Road is a Country/Rock band from Dayton, Ohio, featuring the classic ensemble of guitar, drums, bass and vocals. The band enjoys playing sets that everyone can enjoy.
Terrapin Moon – 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Terrapin Moon, formed in 2007, has become the Grateful Dead tribute band in Ohio. Terrapin Moon aims to please any ear with both classic and traditional covers, while still being unpredictable to make every show unique in its own way. Terrapin Moon draws largely from the music of the Grateful Dead, but also draws inspiration from artists like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and more.
The Ark Band – 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Ark Band, headlining this year’s show, specializes in reggae, calypso and soca music. Members of the band, hailing from St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and the United States, capture any audience with their sets full of classics and current hit covers. The Ark Band aims to entertain, educate and enlighten their audiences with their music by expressing the love, peace and togetherness and spirituality our world needs today.
“The entertainment line-up is just as important to us in bringing attendees to the park as the food trucks,” said Eddie Bell, Rotary member and Food Truck Competition marketing chair. “These artists will attract all different kinds of music fans and deliver something for everyone to enjoy.”
The Ark Band will be performing at the competition for the fourth year in a row. Other returning artists from previous competitions include Andy Fox, Allison Road,Terrapin Moon and Mad River Railroad. Patrick Dawson will be performing at the competition as a solo artist for the first time.
Beginning at 11 a.m., performers will each play their sets with breaks of 30-45 minutes in between. The performers will accompany the 38 competing food trucks’ delicious creations through the end of the competition at 9:30 p.m.
“The entertainers’ diverse sets will compliment all of the unique food offerings perfectly and make the event about much more than the food,” said Bell.
For more information about the entertainment schedule, competition and more, download the Springfield Food Truck mobile app.