It's felt like summer is a hundred years away, but we know in our hearts it's just around the corner. One of the valley's more recent warm weather traditions will soon fire up the grill.

Big Lick Burger Fest & Summer Jam heads for its seventh go-round on June 13, and sure enough, that's a week before the official start of summer, but who cares? The weather should be plenty warm, and a country band looking to heat up its career is set to headline.

LANCO — and no, we're not shouting here; that's how the band spells its name — tops the bill. The quintet from Nashville, Tennessee, had a No. 1 country hit in 2017 with "Greatest Love Story." By the way, the band name is a stylized version of Lancaster and Co., as singer and lyricist Brandon Lancaster founded the act.

Advance tickets are $10 (plus fee) and are on sale at It's free to 12-younger.

More acts will be added to the bill, according to a news release this week from Big Lick Entertainment, which organizes the event. The company started its signature fest as a food truck event in 2014, and since 2017 has put on an expanded party at Elmwood Park. It features a burger cook-off — Martin's Downtown, Rock & Roll Diner and Beamer's 25 have been among the winners. The event is a partnership with the Council of Community Services, according to the news release.

Contact Tad Dickens at or 777-6474. Follow him on Twitter: @cutnscratch.  


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