The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum has announced the musical line-up for the 2019 TASTE! of Montgomery County.

The opening act, Laughing Jack, will perform 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 24. Laughing Jack is Garry Farren, Liz Bohall, Dmitri Alano and Mario Joven.

Farren’s earliest recollection of live music was hearing his granddad and uncle singing and playing in the front room of his grandfather’s house in West Virginia. In 1989, Farren joined Terry Bellner’s band, Hogeye Navvy, and spent the next 25-plus years with the band. When Bellner moved to Massachusetts to be near his grandchildren, Farren formed the band, Laughing Jack.

Bohall grew up in St Louis in a healthy folk music community and was exposed to many types of ethnic music and festivals from a young age. She has won many fiddle contests in Indiana and Kentucky. Her wide-reaching repertoire includes music from the British Isles, Old Time, Bluegrass, Country and ‘60s-‘70s genre.

Raised in the wilds of Green County, Indiana, Alano studied classical trumpet, but took up the highland bagpipes in his early 20s. He is probably best known for his 10-year-long stint as multi-instrumentalist with the renowned shanty band, Hogeye Navvy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Butler University and has taught high school bands for nearly two decades. He is the director of the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis.

After failing at piano lessons as a kid, Joven picked up guitar for the typical reasons. The music of Steve Goodman led him to investigate American folk music. From there, it was a short journey to the music of Ireland. He plays a number of different instruments including guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo and bass guitar.

Jazz Elements will perform 3:15-4:15 p.m. Composed of Judy Faux, Jim Faux and Gary Myers, Jazz Elements performs a wide variety of music, with their focus on songs from the Great American Songbook by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and others.

Indianapolis-based Maddie and the Roadies will be performing 4:30-6:30 p.m. Indy’s newest trio performs current and classic hits in pop, country and R&B. Guaranteed to have you dancing all night long. The infectious energy and raw talent they bring to every show are creating a buzz a lot of people are talking about.

This young trio provides an atmosphere of fun and dancing with current and classic pop songs anchored by the powerful vocals of Maddie Lindley.

Singer/songwriter Nick Ivanovich will play on the front lawn

6:45–7:45 p.m. He will perform an intimate blend of Americana/contemporary folk music.

Django Knight is becoming known as one of the premier guitarist and vocalists in the music industry. At the age of 15 he was the recipient of the Robert Johnson Award. By 17 years of age, Knight earned the support from companies such as Fender Musical Instruments, Dunlop Manufacturing and Eminence Speakers.

In 2012 Knight released his first official EP entitled “To: Mr All Talk.” Knight has recently released a self-titled EP, available digitally worldwide.

At the young age of 21, his goal is to lead the young generation by example through his love and passion for music. He plays electrifying groove that will make your soul move. He will take the stage 8–10 p.m.

For more information and videos of performances by the 2019 musical lineup, like the TASTE of Montgomery County’s Facebook page at

Volunteer opportunities are still available for this year’s TASTE. Volunteers receive free entry to the TASTE and their choice of a TASTE T-shirt or four food tickets. Those interested in volunteering should visit to sign up online.

The TASTE! of Montgomery County begins at noon Aug. 24 and runs until 10 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Advance tickets may be purchased at Milligan’s, Montgomery County Visitors & Convention Bureau, Crawfordsville Park & Rec and the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum.

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