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Who is playing Crave? A guide to the tasty tunes

Joslyn Hampton and her band, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression play Crave Lexington on Saturday and Sunday.
Joslyn Hampton and her band, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression play Crave Lexington on Saturday and Sunday.

Flavors of Lexington area chefs and restaurants are one of the big attractions at the Crave Lexington Food + Music Festival, but local music is a key part of the successful event’s equation. Here’s a look at who to look forward to on stage this weekend.

August 12

DJ Col. Paco Chaos (12 p.m.) A WRFL-FM 88.1 personality will play a rockabilly DJ set to get the fest started.

Grits & Soul (1:30 p.m.) A Mount Sterling-via-Asheville-via-Mount Sterling duo. Read more, Page 12.

Recipe for Gamma Rays (3:15 p.m.) This Lexington quartet plays energetic modern rock that’ll blast you back to the early ’80s.

Driftwood Gypsy (4:45 p.m.) A soul and funk quintet prone to jams that are best appreciated live.

Treyvon King (6:15 p.m.) Bluesy electric guitar that’s hard to upstage.

March Madness Marching Band (7:30 p.m.) Lexington’s adult marching band, whose presence signals that an event is a party.

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The psychedelic rock band Johnny Conqueroo, from left: guitarist and frontman Grant Curless, bassist Shawn Reynolds and drumer Wils Quinn, all of Lexington. Alex Slitz

Johnny Conqueroo (8 p.m.) This group gave the Lexington music scene whiplash when it started as a trio of high school kids. This might be their last gig before they become college men.

Joslyn and the Sweet Compression (9:30 p.m.) The funk and R&B outfit is dropping a series of singles this year, including “Love on the Double.”

August 13

Big Fresh (1 p.m.) The influential Lexington band has a new EP out: “Fall Preview.”

Big Maracas (2:30 p.m.) Latin-flavored tunes from this longtime Lexington band go with certain-to-be-available Latin-flavored food.

The Tillers (4 p.m.) A Cincinnati folk quartet playing songs “older than their grandparents,” as their website says, in a way that reflects their punk-rock roots.

Lexington’s Justin Wells played the main stage at the Moonshiner’s Ball in May. Wells plays Crave on Sunday. Rich Copley

Justin Wells (5:30 p.m.) The driving force behind the now defunct Fifth on the Floor, Wells has turned heads with his solo debut “Dawn in the Distance.”

If you go

Crave Lexington Food + Music Festival

When: 12 noon Aug. 12 and 13

Where: Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park, 3051 Leestown Rd.

Tickets: $8, free for children 10 and younger


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