2024 Music Lineup

The Stampede String Band opens the day’s entertainment playing from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. For over a decade, the Stampede String Band has earned a reputation for their hard-hitting acoustic performances, thoughtful lyrics, and powerhouse vocal harmonies. A taste of bluegrass and flat picking sure to energize Taste attendees! You can check them out at

Playing from 3:30 – 5:30 pm will be The Moon Cats. The Moon Cats are 4 guys who love the roots of rock & roll legends like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley & the Comets, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Paul Revere & The Raiders and the should-be legends of Big Joe Turner, Hank Ballard, Jack Scott (just to name a few). With more than 50 years of stage experience between them they have joined together to pay loving tribute to some of the greatest music in rock history. Along their rock & roll journey, some of the members have had the pleasure and honor of opening for acts like Mitch Ryder, The Original Comets, The Crickets, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Diamonds featuring Diamond Dave Sommerville, Danny & the Jrs. featuring Joe Terry, The Buck Ram Platters, The Crystals and Jack Scott. The Moon Cats have appeared at venues such as the James Dean Festival, the Duck-tail Run, the Indiana State Fair, the Honeywell Music Center Summer Concert Series, Hoosier Park Casino, Horseshoe Stage in Lucas Oil Stadium and now the TASTE of Montgomery County! For more information on the Moon Cats, go to

Finishing up the evening will be the outstanding Michael Kelsey, playing from 7 – 9 pm. Kelsey has toured nationally with Blind Melon and Dishwalla and has opened for the Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, Rodrigo and Gabriella and the California Guitar Trio. His acoustic rock shows are spiced up with improvisational instrumentation and soulful vocals. His performances seamlessly blend diverse musical genres. He and his band deliver a mix of original compositions and carefully curated cover songs. He was the winner of Guitar Center’s prestigious “Guitarmageddon” competition where he beat out over 3,000 or entrants. Kelsey has shared the stage with guitar legends and his talents shone through at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004. He is a virtuoso musician who will please and impress guests at the TASTE. For more information about Kelsey, visit

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Past Music

Past performers at the TASTE of Montgomery County have been popular and award-winning artists. 

2019: Laughing Jack, Maddie & the Roadies, Django Knight, Jazz Elements, Nick Ivanovich

2020: COVID

2021: Highland Reign, War Radio, and Strawbury Jam

2022: Elizabeth Lee, Eliana Weston, and Warrior Kings

2023: Emery Allen, Josh Kaufman, Elizabeth Lee, Midtown Madmen, and The Bumps

2024: The Stampede String Band, The Moon Cats, and Michael Kelsey

Interested in Playing the TASTE?

The TASTE Committee selects TASTE performers in January each year. If you are interested in being considered for the 2025 TASTE! of Montgomery County, please send a media kit to the TASTE Committee for evaluation. No phone calls please.

Mailing address:

TASTE of Montgomery County
PO Box 662
Crawfordsville IN 47933

Email contact:

Thomas Meeks


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