Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Michelle Boone told aldermen the hope is that the revenue will help Taste break even after three years in the red. Under the plan, the city would sell seats at the Petrillo Bandshell for $25 each night and charge $40 for three-course meals cooked up chefs including
Boone said the Taste will draw "national headliners" to perform each night of its shortened, five-day run from July 11-15, but she would not name any of the bands. Boone insisted the $25 cost for a seat will be "a bargain." Lawn seating would remain free under the proposal, which will head to the full City Council for a vote next week.
"All music areas," Boone said when asked about the bands Taste goers can expect. "R&B, pop, jazz, country."
In recent years, Taste food vendors have complained that festival crowds have shrunk in part because the musical acts were not as prominent as in years past, when the likes of